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Forest Hills eyes interim superintendent

Retired EGR supe tapped for position

Forest Hills —  The district’s Board of Education voted to enter into contract negotiations with Sara Shubel, retired East Grand Rapids superintendent, to serve as interim superintendent until a permanent one is named. Superintendent Dan Behm will retire this summer after 17 years in the role. 

Board member Mary Vonck, part of the three-person subcommittee that reviewed the candidates for the position, said she believes Shubel will help set up conditions for Behm’s successor to succeed. An important part of that will be continuing to involve the community in the strategic planning process under way.

Vonck said the interim position could last up to a full year, and that Shubel is open to serving any timeframe within that span. 

In addition, Michigan Leadership Institute was chosen by unanimous vote to lead the search for a permanent superintendent. The board received proposals from four search firms. Vonck explained that MLI rose to the top in part because they included the most time in their proposal to be present in the district to make sure the community is heard during the search process. 

Updated information on the search process can be found on the district’s website

Related SNN articles:
Forest Hills superintendent announces retirement
With EGR’s Shubel ‘we never coasted’

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Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach is a reporter and columnist for School News Network. She has been a writer since second grade when her semi-autobiographical story, "The Magic Pencil," earned her a shiny Kennedy half-dollar in a metro-Detroit contest. For three wonderful decades, Carol served Godfrey-Lee Public Schools in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. In her current work as a consultant and at SNN, she continues to be part of telling the story of the great promise of public education. Carol has also written for The Alan Review, The Rapidian and Midwest Living, and is co-author of the book, “Making Schools Work: Bringing the Science of Learning to Joyful Classroom Practice.” She loves to not cook, and she keeps her bag packed for art, outdoor and writing adventures.


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