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Kent ISD names director of strategic planning

Kent ISD — Ron Houtman, a 21-year veteran of the Kent Intermediate School District and the Kent Career Tech Center, has been promoted to the position of director of strategic planning and organizational initiatives. Houtman assumed his new role on Nov. 1.

As the director of strategic planning, Houtman will be responsible for tasks including facilitating the strategic planning process, conducting environmental scans and SWOT analyses, identifying strategic issues and goals, formulating action plans and monitoring progress. He will work closely with the Kent ISD leadership team and the school board to align these plans with the organization’s vision, mission and values.

Houtman said he is excited about the opportunity to leverage his background in organizational development, project management and education to make a positive impact. 

“I’m passionate about improving education access and outcomes, especially for underserved student populations,” he said. “With thoughtful planning and collaboration, I believe we can set this organization on a path for continued success in serving students, families and educators. I’m eager to get started and look forward to being a strategic thought partner to drive meaningful progress.”

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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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