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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.

My Town: East Kentwood High School Presents CATS

My Town: East Kentwood High School Presents CATS

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Cats are about to take over the stage at East Kentwood High School.

The school's fine arts department will be performing the musical "CATS" on March 19, 20, 21, 27 and 28.

"CATS", by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is one of the most successful musicals of all time.  It has been seen throughout the world by over 73 million people.  Now is your chance to see a production put on by some very talented high school students.  It's time to make a new "Memory."

All shows will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium at East Kentwood High School, located at 6230 Kalamazoo Ave., SE.  Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door or by calling the switcboard at East Kentwod High School  at (616) 698-6700.

 

My Town: Astronomy as a Hobby Part 3 – “What’s Next from My New Hobby?”

My Town: Astronomy as a Hobby Part 3 – “What’s Next from My New Hobby?”

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association presents Greg Comegys, who will share part three of his talk about astronomy as a hobby.

Astronomy enthusiasts are welcome to Schuler Books, located at 2660 28th Street SE for this discussion on Saturday, March 14, from 1 p.m.  2 p.m. A telescope tune-up clinic will follow the lecture, from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Helpful advice about upgrading equipment will be discussed; amateur astronomers may also get a glimpse at astro-imaging. Guests are invited to bring their telescope instruments for minor repair, assessment and alignment.

For more information, visit www.graaa.org.

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers hosts 'Alive 365: Safety Week'

My Town: Elzinga & Volkers hosts 'Alive 365: Safety Week'

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals Wednesday announced it will kick off its second annual Alive 365: Safety Week with a safety symposium at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 13 at The Pinnacle Center.

Representatives from Associated Builders and Contractors of West Michigan, American Subcontractors Association, Inc. and The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be on hand to discuss various industrial safety topics. Keynote speaker Dr. John Austin, an internationally recognized expert in proving behavior-based solutions to organizational challenges, will discuss the importance of safety leadership within organizations.

During Alive 365: Safety Week 2015, training sessions will be held throughout West Michigan on the following topics:

Grand Rapids Community Seed Exchange

Grand Rapids Community Seed Exchange

My Town Kentwood: Committee to grill Commissioner at Large finalists March 3

My Town Kentwood: Committee to grill Commissioner at Large finalists March 3

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In a Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on Feb. 23, the Kentwood City Commission named three finalists who emerged from 20- first round applicants to fulfill the remainder of the Commissioner-at Large term expiring this November.

Ed Kape Jr. of 2576 Mapleview, Steve Redmond of 5949 Wind Brook, and Ronald Woods of 5396 Discovery will be interviewed in a Committee of the Whole Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on March 3.  The vacant seat was previously held by Sharon Brinks who took an Attorney Magistrate position with the City.  The City Commission will likely install a finalist from this process at its regular 7:00 p.m. March 17 City Commission Meeting.