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Phil de Haan

Phil de Haan
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Phil de Haan covers Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and also is a general assignment reporter and 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

GRPS to ask for operating millage buffer in August

Voters in the City of Grand Rapids will be asked Aug. 3 by GRPS to approve a non-homestead millage proposal...

Voters renew non-homestead operating millage for another two years

Kelloggsville voters Tuesday soundly approved an operating millage renewal that was set to expire this year...

Distance learning becomes a permanent choice

The district has learned a lot about online education during the COVID pandemic and wants to keep a virtual option available...

GRPS high schools will not expand in-person days this school year

GRPS students in grades 9-12 will not see an expansion of in-person learning this school year...

State grants to help students explore education careers

A staffing shortage comes at a time when districts not only need more educators in general to replace an aging workforce, but also more diverse educators...

Millage renewal on ballot for Kelloggsville this May

Kelloggsville is asking voters to approve a non-homestead millage worth $3.5 million or 13 percent of the district’s annual budget...

A promise fulfilled: first grad from scholarship program already in workforce

The first student to graduate from Grand Rapids Community College as part of the Promise Zone scholarship program already has a job and big things lined up for the future...

Move to four days a week in person delayed by one week due to increased COVID cases

GRPS students in grades K-8 who were in person for learning just two days a week will have a choice to be in class four days a week or go to all-virtual learning starting in April...

Fighting illness with air handling

Across Kent ISD, schools are finding ways to provide more and cleaner air to students and staff...

All student groups continue steady climb in graduation rates

Graduation rates continue to provide good news at GRPS, which has seen yearly improvement since 2012...

Sports standout returns to oversee student athletes

It’s a homecoming for new Kelloggsville Athletic Director Carl Roscoe II...

District’s newest school is a winner in green design

Southwest Middle High School - Academia Bilingue is a state-of-the-art, $20 million project that has earned LEED silver certification...

State still pushing for federal waiver of M-STEP this spring

A Jan. 25 request from the Michigan Department of Education to the U.S. Department of Education to not administer standardized testing, including the M-STEPS, in spring 2021 is still on the table...

A shirt with a message: Black history is happening ‘right now’

A GRPS student’s T-shirt design is in 220 Meijer stores in six states for Black History Month...

District launches virtual choice expo for theme, neighborhood schools

An annual school choice expo for GRPS schools will expand to include neighborhood schools and be held virtually on Feb. 18...

Subs more scarce, more valuable than ever

A nationwide teacher shortage and a host of other factors play into whether substitute teachers fill the critical void left when a regular teacher is absent...
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