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Forest Hills begins superintendent search

Forest Hills — Forest Hills Public Schools has started its superintendent search with the release of a survey designed to gather input from the community that will be used during the selection process. The deadline to fill out the survey is 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

The survey consists of three questions:

  1. What are the unique skills, qualifications and characteristics desired of the new superintendent?
  2. What are the challenges facing Forest Hills Public Schools in the next three to five years?
  3. What are the Points of Pride for Forest Hills Public Schools?

Responses, which are anonymous, will be compiled by a search consultant from the consulting firm Michigan Leadership Institute. The MLI consultant will also meet with various focus groups during the week of December 4. 

MLI will present the survey results and focus group discussions to the board later in December.

Former Superintendent Dave Behm stepped down in June after 17 years with the district (courtesy)

The superintendent position is expected to be officially posted Dec. 15 with the application process closing on Feb. 2, according to the district’s superintendent search timeline. Candidate selections will be made in February with the board scheduled to interview potential candidates in March.

Former superintendent Dan Behm retired from the district in June after 17 years in Forest Hills. Former East Grand Rapids superintendent Sara Magaña Shubel is currently serving as interim superintendent. 

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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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