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Kent ISD selects superintendent


Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff was selected Tuesday evening by the Kent ISD School Board to replace Kevin Konarska, who will retire June 30.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema.  “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

Caniff was the lone finalist for the position after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin removed himself from consideration on Monday, March 30, one day before final interviews were scheduled.

Caniff has served as the superintendent of the Grandville Public School District since 2003 and led the Lapeer Community Schools for three years before returning to Kent County, where he had served as an assistant superintendent in Northview and a principal in the Forest Hills Public Schools.

Caniff and Martin were the finalists among four candidates interviewed for the position.  Others were Curtis Finch, superintendent of the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District and Sara Shubel, superintendent of the East Grand Rapids Public Schools.

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