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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 or email Joanne.

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...

Career education expert takes on new Kent ISD assistant superintendent position

Amid COVID-19, Sue Gardner took on a brand new role as Kent ISD assistant superintendent helping to administer and support the existing high school programs and help start new ones...

A real team player

From bus schedules to substitute teaching, Ellen Veenkant helps where she can. And she’ll soon join a new team...

KCTC and KTC Core students roll up their sleeves to help reduce water runoff at Kent ISD

The water from the Kent ISD area feeds into the Lamberton Creek watershed. The plants will aid in reducing the amount added to the creek...

Essential workers get high school diplomas thanks to state program

Futures for Frontliners offers free community college tuition to essential workers. The program also helps people earn a high-school GED...

Great Start Readiness Program now offers a variety of preschool class options

With guidance from the state, Kent ISD was able to create more flexibility for parents of preschoolers in the Great Start Readiness Program...

‘Vote!’ urges student, staff video

Not one vote is wasted, says the sixth grader. '(A)nd if someone says they’re wasted, they’re wrong'...

Bringing individual value to shared space

An assignment based on a Detroit art project teaches students that they each help to build and shape their ‘neighborhood’...

Home schooling inquiries grow as parents ponder how to meet children’s needs

The pandemic has caused parents to seek options for schooling and socialization. For some, home schooling becomes an option, while others create new ways to help their children...

KCTC moves some programs to virtual format

Due to two of its staff people having been impacted by COVID-19, the Kent Career Tech Center has moved several of its programs to virtual/remote learning until Monday, Oct. 26...
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