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Schools Receive $1 Million More for COVID Relief

Kent County Board of Commissioners approve additional help  

– Kent County schools will receive an additional $1 million to offset costs related to COVID-19 after a vote of approval by the Kent County Board of Commissioners last week. In August, the Board approved $2 million for schools to be used to provide resources, services and purchase supplies directly related to the pandemic. The funding support for schools across the county comes from the $115 million dollar CARES Act grant sent to the County earlier this year to address COVID-19 concerns. 

“A safe, quality education is the expectation for the children of Kent County,” said Mandy Bolter, Kent County Board Chair.  “The additional funding approved today demonstrates the county’s commitment to playing a role in keeping our children and educators safe while school is in session.  I am proud our board voted to increase this effort,” continued Bolter. The Kent County COVID Relief Committee approved the additional funding at a recent meeting and the Kent County Board of Commissioners gave final approval last week.

“We appreciate the ongoing and additional support of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. This approval will help schools continue to secure the needed resources and services to meet the needs of students during this pandemic,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff.  

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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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