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GRPS to host superintendent focus groups ahead of interviews

The next round of interviews is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 17.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Public Schools' leadership have narrowed the field of candidates for superintendent down to three people. The Board of Education voted Monday for Dr. Erick Pruitt, Dr. Leandriane Roby and Dr. Darrin Slade as finalists.

GRPS will be hosting Superintendent Search Focus Groups on Monday, Feb. 17 starting at 11:15 a.m. at GRPS University, located at 1400 Fuller Ave. NE, in room 107. There parents and community members will learn more about each of the candidates and their backgrounds, as well as get the opportunity to ask questions. 

It is required to RSVP to the focus groups and can be done by by emailing superintendentsearch@grps.org or calling the GRPS Communications office at 616-819-2149. 

Candidates are scheduled to meet with this focus group as follows:

  • 11:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. -- Dr. Darrin Slade
  • 12:05 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. -- Dr. Leadriane Roby
  • 12:55 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. -- Dr. Erick D. Pruitt

The next round of interviews is also scheduled. Those will start at 5 p.m.  A live stream will be available at live.grps.org beginning at 5 p.m.

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The district has been trying to find a replacement for Theresa Weatherall-Neal since she announced her retirement in September of 2018. Last year, the school board got it down to two finalists but decided to go with neither of them and start the search over.

Weatherall-Neal retired from the district in July of last year. At that time, Ron Gorman, a veteran educator and administrator for the district took over the helm on an interim basis. 

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