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Cynthia A. Kneibel appointed principal at West Catholic High School

Cynthia A. Kneibel appointed principal at West Catholic High School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 20, 2011 -- Mrs. Cynthia A. Kneibel has been appointed principal of West Catholic High School. Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools President, Tom Maj, recommended Mrs. Kneibel to GRCSS Pastor, Rev. Msgr. R. Louis Stasker, and diocesan Superintendent of Schools, David Faber, who approved the appointment earlier this week.

Having served as interim principal since September 2011, Mrs. Kneibel was recommended for the position out of a field of four highly qualified candidates after a nationwide search. The search committee was comprised of GRCSS Board members, administrators and parents.

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

From: http://grpublicschools.org

This year’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, the 19th annual, was a huge success! More than 1,400 participants came out to Cornerstone University to take part in the event.

(Above) Competitors and spectators gather near the Start/Finish line before the gun goes off.

Click here to watch a video of the beginning of the race.

Grand Rapids Board seeks search firm to guide superintendent selection

Grand Rapids Board seeks search firm to guide superintendent selection

GRAND RAPIDS – Firms and associations experienced in conducting national superintendent searches will be invited by the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education to present their expertise and qualifications to work with the board in creating a pool of qualified candidates to lead the district.

The board supported a recommendation to allow Kent ISD to issue a request for proposals for the purpose of conducting a nationwide search to recruit candidates for the superintendent position.  Firms responding to the board’s request will be asked to take information already gathered on the characteristics most desired in a new district leader and use that data to guide recruitment efforts.

Mayor Heartwell and Bing Goei Announce Community Literacy Initiative

Mayor Heartwell and Bing Goei Announce Community Literacy Initiative

(October 28, 2011)- The Literacy Center of West Michigan, along with literacy champions Mayor George Heartwell and Bing Goei, announced the Community Literacy Initiative (CLI) to a crowd of community stakeholders at the program’s launch on Thursday, October 27.  The Community Literacy Initiative is a literacy coalition that seeks to empower community leaders, parents, and residents to improve literacy for all ages.

Literacy Center of West Michigan Executive Director Susan K. Ledy and Community Literacy Liaison Lindsay McHolme provided information on the structure and goals of the new program.  Tony Campbell, of the Heart of West Michigan United Way and co-chair to the Community Literacy Initiative Advisory Council led attendees in a discussion on literacy.

GRCC establishes new Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter

GRCC establishes new Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter

October 25, 2011 Grand Rapids, MI - Grand Rapids Community College has established a Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter, a move that will give their students the opportunity to develop solid business skills through state and national competitions, and give them access to scholarships.

BPA is a leading student organization for students who are interested in pursuing a career in marketing, management, financial services, video production, technology, or office administration. Various BPA-specific transfer scholarships, among other national scholarships, are available to GRCC members.

BPA revolves around state and national competitions. Members get to choose which competitions interest them from 72 different options and are then supplied with free competition coaching and guidance, including competition preparation. The state competition for Michigan will be held in Grand Rapids March 22 -25, 2012.

Not Your Average Speaker Series: Schools of Thought

Not Your Average Speaker Series: Schools of Thought

Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 pm

Rapid Growth's October Speaker Series takes a look at the state of our Grand Rapids public schools, the role of schools in revitalizing Michigan neighborhoods, and what is on the horizon.

Did you know that Grand Rapids Public Schools had over 1000 people participate in its recent 5 year Strategic Plan?

Did you know that Grand Rapids Public Schools has more public/private partnerships than any other district in the State?

Did you know there are parents who choose to send their kids to urban school districts? For a variety of reasons?

The Ferris Foundation is set to Host Gala Benefit Nov. 4

News Release:

BIG RAPIDS – The Ferris Foundation is set to host its 13th annual Foundation for Excellence Benefit Gala on Friday, Nov. 4 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Gala Benefit is an evening that focuses on ways that Ferris State University is impacting lives and strengthening Michigan’s future through education and outreach. Today, the Ferris Foundation is in its 20th year of providing scholarship assistance to many students who might not otherwise have access to a Ferris education, and providing support for faculty study, exploration and service.

“Ferris State University’s mission has centered on creating opportunities for students to pursue an affordable college education.