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GRPS releases names of 5 superintendent candidates

The school board narrowed the pool of candidates to five they'd like to interview.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Public Schools met Monday night to narrow the field of candidates for superintendent down from 39 candidates to five. Tuesday, their names were released. 

The board has been searching for a replacement since Teresa Weatherall Neal announced her retirement in September of 2018. At one point, the initial search got down to two candidates last April, but the board decided to go with neither and start the search over. 

At Monday's board meeting, district leaders selected five candidates to bring in for interviews. 

  1. Dr. Erick D. Pruitt, Deputy Chief of High Schools for Chicago Public Schools since 2019. 
  2. Dr. Leadriane Roby, Assistant Superintendent of Richfield Public Schools in Richfield, Minnesota, since 2014. 
  3. Dr. Darrin Slade, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership for Kansas City Public Schools in Kansas City, Missouri, since 2018. 
  4. Dr. Yvonne Stokes, Assistant Superintendent for School Town of Munster in Munster, Indiana, since 2017. 
  5. Dr. Harold Brian Yearwood, Assistant Superintendent for Academics & Accountability for Manor Independent School District in Manor, Texas, since 2015. 

The interviews will take place on Feb. 8 and are open to the public. After that, the board will select two finalists who will be interviewed again on Feb. 17. If the board does not decide on Feb. 17, then another meeting date will be decided an announced to the public. 

GRPS is live-streaming the interviews on Feb. 8. Those can be found on their website

The school board appointed Dr. Ron Gorman as interim superintendent while the search continues.

Credit: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Credit: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Credit: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Credit: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Credit: Grand Rapids Public Schools

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