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Phil de Haan

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Phil de Haan covers East Grand Rapids, Kelloggsville, is lead reporter for Grand Rapids and also is the point person for the SNN Facebook and Twitter feeds. He hails from Exeter, Ontario, but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985. He is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop! Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both freelance writing and public relations work, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level. In the summer of 2019, he began his own freelance writing and communications business. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children. Read Phil's full bio

New elementary school to open Oct. 25

Though delayed by a few weeks, Central Elementary in Kelloggsville Public Schools will welcome students next week, and have a grand opening celebration Oct. 27...

Kelloggsville seeking approval for $11.3 million bond proposal

Approval of a Nov. 2 bond proposal would not increase taxes above the current rate but would allow the district to make a number of valuable educational improvements, including a new STEM building at the high school...

Class helps students explore creativity, communication skills, careers

Students at East are making commercials and public service announcements as they dig into the practical and philosophical aspects of messages and meaning...

Recreation programs on Nov. 2 ballot

East GR is one of four districts in the Kent ISD coverage area to levy a recreation millage, joining Forest Hills, Northview and Rockford....

New structure created to benefit student health

As a new school year begins, a pair of new staffers will work to make sure the district’s 15,000 students have access to what they need for good physical and mental health...

Veteran Grand Rapids teacher back in classroom for 50th year

The pandemic almost did her in, but she decided that if she didn’t have to return to virtual in 2021-22, she was coming back...

Former district custodian and former surgeon to be honored by EGR Foundation

A year after it was originally scheduled, a much-anticipated biennial awards dinner will bring together the East Grand Rapids community...

Looking for the right spot

A City High junior is taking a parking spot frustration and turning it into a project he hopes benefits others for years to come...

Principal, photographer, choreographer and more

Jennifer Sherman is the new principal at Kelloggsville’s 54th Street Academy. SNN gets to know her in this edition of Meet Your Administrators...

Former sailing instructor charting new course as assistant principal

The new assistant principal at East Grand Rapids Middle School has a long history in education in Grand Rapids and Holland...

Local education leaders tapped for prestigious program

The 2022 Leadership Grand Rapids cohort includes five people with connections to K-12 education...

Broadband network nears completion

The $4.4 million price tag for some 120 miles of fiber is covered by the ISD’s General Capital Projects Fund...

Student voice sought by area superintendents

Local districts will survey students next school year on key topics to hear and learn from the voice of students...

Student spreads her passion for music through Girl Scouts project

A rising senior at City High Middle has won the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor...

Local school leaders welcome governor’s proposed K-12 spending plan

Kent ISD schools are eager to see passage of a proposed School Aid Fund Spending Framework from Gov. Whitmer...

Challenge Scholars program to phase out with Class of 2028

A college scholarship program for students on the West Side of Grand Rapids will phase out over the next decade...
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