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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma

Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma covers Kent ISD and Godwin Heights. She was born in the Detroit area but grew up in Brighton where she attended Hartland Public Schools. The salutatorian for the 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 and minored in photography and German. She expanded her color palette to include orange and black as both her daughters graduated from Byron Center Public Schools; maroon and white for Aquinas College where her daughter studies nursing and also brought back blue and maize for Grand Rapids Community College where her youngest daughter currently is studying music. Read Joanne's full bio

With his eye on the goal

Godwin’s Ru’Quan Buckley was not going to let anything -- including a pandemic -- stop him from achieving his goal...

Kent ISD superintendent search suspended, interim to stay on for now

With a low number of applications and a concern for rebuilding connectedness among staff, the Kent ISD board has suspended its superintendent search...

‘You feel like your voice is being heard’

The high school’s Equity Conversations program provides a safe place where students and staff can talk openly about racism and other issues...

‘Her passion is contagious’

Danielle Hendry, recently named the new Kent ISD human resource director, always considered Kent ISD the place to be...

Quick thinkers wanted

Students explore the fast-paced career of emergency medical services in Kent Career Tech Center’s newest class...

Career exploration goes virtual

More than 1,700 students from Kent County and beyond took part in this year’s Groundhog Shadow Day event, the highest attendance ever...

100 days smarter

West Godwin Elementary makes it a day to remember...

Hands-on health care training

Looking to meet the interests of area students and the needs of local businesses, Kent Career Tech Center added the Medical Assistant program to its course offerings this year...

Kent ISD seeks input on future superintendent

A survey asks community members to consider the skills and attributes they would like to see in the next Kent ISD superintendent...

Virtual job-shadow opportunities available

Groundhog Shadow Day, which gives area students an inside look at different careers, is going virtual this year...

Have books, will deliver

To make sure virtual students still have access to books, this middle school media clerk built her own online platform for the library, created a contactless book pick-up at the school and is delivering books to students at their homes...

A familiar face returns to lead Kent ISD

Retired Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent Ron Koehler officially took the helm as interim superintendent on Jan. 1...

Schools, organizations step up to feed students, families

Area schools continue to provide free grab and go meals at regular distribution events and community partners are helping to fill in the gaps to make sure everyone is fed during a very challenging time...

Spreading some holiday cheer, at a safe distance

Godwin Heights High staff kept the tradition of celebrating the season and students with the annual event, tailored to social distancing...

Sticks and stones, paint and light bulbs

This holiday season, Godwin Heights Middle School students are learning how to care for their environment by creating Christmas ornaments...

Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff retires

After almost 40 years in education, five as superintendent of Kent ISD, Ron Caniff announced his retirement at the July Kent ISD Board of Education meeting...
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