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My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

My Town: Search for Kent ISD's next superintendent down to two

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The search for Kent Intermediate School District’s next superintendent is down to two people.

After the first round of interviews this week, the Kent ISD School board whittled down the pool of four finalists to two- Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; and Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools.  Superintendents Dr. Curtis Finch of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD and Dr. Sara Magana Shubel of East Grand Rapids Public Schools were not selected for second round interviews.

Caniff and Martin will be interviewed a second time Tuesday, March 31.  The person selected for the job will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring on June 30, after nine years of leading Kent ISD.

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

Down to four: Where the search for Kent ISD’s next superintendent stands

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Leaders of the Kent Intermediate School District are narrowing their search for the ISD’s next superintendent.

Board members will begin interviewing the four finalists this week.  The candidates include Ron Caniff, superintendent of Grandville Public Schools; Dr. Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta-Osceola ISD; Tom Martin, superintendent of West Ottawa Public Schools; and Dr. Sara Magana Schubel, superintendent of East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Finch will be first up for questioning.  His interview will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday.  Shubel and Caniff will be interviewed Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.; Martin will answer the Board’s questions on Thursday.  The second round of interviews will take place Tuesday, March 31.

State lawmaker on reading to local students: 'I cherish the opportunity'

State lawmaker on reading to local students: 'I cherish the opportunity'

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State Rep. Chris Afendoulis will be stopping by several local elementary schools and reading to area students in observance of March is Reading Month.

Rep. Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, emphasizes that reading is fundamental to a child’s long-term success.

“I’m excited to meet with students and to help them foster a love for reading,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “One of the great things about being a dad was reading to my children. I cherish the opportunity to visit classrooms and help promote a love for reading.”

My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

My Town: Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces 7th annual Bands on the Grand

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The Forest Hills Adult Community Band announces the 7th annual Bands on the Grand festival on March 7, 2015. The series of concerts will be held at Forest Hills Eastern High School Auditorium, 2200 Pettis Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Schedule

• 11:30 a.m. - Rockford Community Band

• 12:30 p.m. - Grand Ledge Community Band

• 1:30 p.m. -  Lansing Concert Band

• 2:30 p.m. -  Motor City Brass Band

• 3:30 p.m. -  West Michigan Concert Winds

• 4:30 p.m. -  Forest Hills Adult Community Band

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Bands on the Grand is an all-day adult community band festival. Each band will perform a free concert for the public which will be critiqued by professional music adjudicators. Each participating band will then have a private group session with a professional Clinician.

My Town: Rockford undergoes review for accreditation

My Town: Rockford undergoes review for accreditation

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As part of its commitment to continue its district-wide accreditation and improvement, the Rockford Public Schools hosted an AdvancED External Review Team from February 1-4, 2015. As part of the accreditation process, the district undergoes a comprehensive review every five years.

AdvancED, the global leader and largest community of education professionals in the world, conducts rigorous on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools to ensure all learners realize their full potential. The organization’s goal reaches far beyond certifying that schools are "good enough" but rather is committed to helping schools improve.

Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

Sable Homes president talks to state leaders about need for skilled trades talent

 

LANSING, Mich.- Members of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBAM) testified in the State House Friday to urge the legislature to find ways to increase the number of workers entering the skilled trades.

“The lack of workers going into the skilled trades is the biggest factor impacting the growth of Michigan’s home building industry,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes in Rockford. “The shortage of labor is resulting in construction delays and increased labor costs, and it’s dragging on our state.”

Bitely cited several Michigan laws that make it difficult for home builders to hire young workers and encourage them to look at careers in the construction industry.

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

My Town: 'Teaching Is An Art' exhibit turns attention to local educators

ROCKFORD, Mich.– For the first time, current and retired Rockford area art teachers are being recognized in a special show, “Teaching Is An Art” hosted by Arts Rockford in their new facility at 52 Courtland in downtown Rockford.

Retired Rockford East Middle School art teacher Patti Mollema came up with the concept and communicated with art teachers throughout the school system to encourage participation and involvement with the exhibit, which will run through Feb. 16.

“In addition to being excellent teachers, these individuals are also artists themselves and we’re delighted to give them an opportunity to show and sell their work,” said Mollema.

Eight teachers from the Rockford school system have work in the show, along with another four retired art teachers from the Rockford area.  Each teacher and artist was given a space to fill in the gallery for this varied show with something for everyone.