Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids residents are invited to share their thoughts on the characteristics most desired in a new superintendent for the Grand Rapids Public Schools in one of our town-hall meetings scheduled November 26-29 in different locations across the city.


Meetings are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the following locations:

  • Nov. 26 at City High Middle (1720 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505)
  • Nov. 27 at Union High (1800 Tremont Blvd. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
  • Nov. 28 at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary (1205 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)
  • Nov. 29 at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center (851 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507)

Those who are unable to attend the meetings, or would like to contribute additional thoughts, are invited to provide their input via an online survey, which can be accessed at these links:

“We want to accommodate as many people and as much input as possible,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff. “Scheduling four separate meetings in one week in different locations should provide everyone who would like to provide input an opportunity to share their thoughts.”

Additionally, Kent ISD leaders are scheduling meetings with community organizations at regularly scheduled meetings and small group settings to ensure the broadest possible participation.

“Our goal is to create multiple opportunities for parents, community members and community leaders to help the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education carefully define the characteristics most desired in our next superintendent,” said GRPS Board Member Tony Baker, who is guiding the community input effort.

“Teresa Neal has provided strong leadership during seven years as superintendent. Part of her success was in listening and responding to community needs. As a board, we want to continue that leadership trait by making sure our community has ample opportunity to express their thoughts about our district and its next leader,” Baker said.