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Round two: GRPS looking for next superintendent, again

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The search for the next superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools is back on after the Board of Education passed on two finalists last year. After Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal stepped down last June, a national search committee brought in a handful of candidates to apply for the job. The district then narrowed the search down to two finalists, but the board couldn’t come to a consensus on either candidate, and instead appointed the Assistant Superintendent Ronald Gorman as interim for the 2019-2020 school year.

Board President Kristen Grant told WGVU, that she stands by that decision, as the job is too important to hire the wrong person.

“Like you, I want the very best person for the job. And there is no shame in going back to the drawing board if you feel like you don’t have the perfect person," Grand said. "And so my board is committed to finding the right person, we absolutely hope that the right person is included in these candidates.”

First-round interviews will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, while the board will meet again on Monday, Feb. 10 to determine which candidates will be invited for a second-round interview, and finalists will be interviewed a week later on the February 17th.