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Muskegon Board of Education looking for a "fresh start" with next superintendent

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After Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Justin Jennings announced his intent to resign this summer, the Board of Education has begun the process of finding his replacement. While current Muskegon Superintendent Justin Jennings last day on the job will be July 31st, the Board of Education voted Tuesday to hire an interim as the search begins for his permanent replacement.

The relationship between Jennings and the Board during his tenure could be described as “rocky at best.” Last year, the Board voted Jennings as "minimally effective" in a performance evaluation, and some board members even called for his removal. With Jennings getting a fresh start in Ohio next year new chief executive officer for the Youngstown City School District, Muskegon Board Trustee Zachary Allen Anderson says it’s fair to say: the district needs a fresh start as well.

"It's been a lot of ups and downs during his tenure," Anderson said.

The Muskegon Board wants to have an interim superintendent in place by June 3rd. Meanwhile the Board decided Tuesday to hire a search firm to find qualified candidates for the permanent job. The next superintendent will inherit a district facing a monumental decision by residents in 2020, as voters will consider a millage bond that would raise nearly $80 million for the district over 30 years.