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Northview superintendent decides to make a ‘quiet exit’

Northview Public Schools Superintendent Scott Korpak has announced he is stepping down from his position, with his last day at the end of July. 

Christina Hinds, the district’s deputy superintendent, has been appointed to serve as interim superintendent.

In July, the Northview Board of Education will provide an update on Hinds’ role as interim superintendent and outline the stages involved in naming a permanent superintendent.

Korpak has served as the district’s superintendent since 2015. He started his career in 1993 as a second grade teacher. In 1994, he came to West Michigan, serving as a science teacher at Forest Hills Public Schools. It was at Forest Hills that Korpak said he was introduced to Northview through a colleague, according to a letter he sent home to Northview families last week.

He would eventually serve as assistant principal and principal at Forest Hills and then as superintendent of Hamilton Community Schools. He returned to Forest Hills as assistant superintendent of instruction before coming to Northview.

In 2018, Korpak announced plans to resign due to health concerns but by restructuring the leadership team, his position was capped at 40 hours per week with a concentration on communication and strategic initiatives.

He emphasized in the letter to the community that his decision to resign was not due to health concerns, but rather it was time for him to transition from being a superintendent to something that comes without that level of responsibility. He said he will be seeking work outside of public education, but did not elaborate.

Korpak said he appreciated the community’s “unwavering support” and “the evident care and concern people in Northview showed towards one another.” He also said he was grateful for the opportunity to make “a quiet exit.”

“Throughout my tenure, I have believed that a superintendent should strive to be like a skilled basketball referee — fully engaged, yet never the central focus,” Korpak wrote in his letter.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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