Godfrey Lee — After receiving completed applications from 14 educators in Michigan, Illinois and as far as California and Canada, the Godfrey Lee Board of Education has selected three candidates for a first round of interviews.
The interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center. They are open to the public and students, staff, families and community members are encouraged to attend.
Dr. Michael Burde, current deputy superintendent at Kenowa Hills Public Schools, will interview at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, followed at 8 p.m. by Brevet Bartels, current middle school principal at West Ottawa Public Schools, at 8 p.m.
Ana Aleman-Putman, current principal at East Elementary in Grandville Public Schools, will interview at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.
“We were pleased with the applicant pool and interest demonstrated in the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, especially with all the difficulty facing school districts during the pandemic,” said Board President Eric Mockerman. “We believe these quality candidates may meet our needs and expectations and look forward to finding out more about their leadership abilities and what each candidate has to offer our students, staff, and community.”
The Board of Education hopes the public will continue providing input and attend the interviews. Their hope is to have the new superintendent in place by Jan. 3. with some flexibility.
Interim Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer will continue to serve Godfrey-Lee Schools throughout the superintendent search and assist the board and the Michigan Leadership Institute in the process.