HOLLAND, MI — The West Ottawa Board of Education is seeking community input next month as the search for the district’s next superintendent begins.
Superintendent Thomas Martin, who was hired in 2011, announced in August he would retire this school year, after working in education for 40 years.
The new superintendent is expected to take the reins on Feb. 1, 2021.
The board is soliciting community and staff input on the qualities, experiences and skills they would like to see in the new superintendent. Residents of the district, all staff and administration are encouraged to participate in the process.
The district enrolled 6,656 students for the 2019-20, according to the most recent state data.
The Michigan Association of School Board (MASB), a service organization that supports the work of school boards throughout Michigan, is assisting the school board in its search.
Greg Sieszputowski, director of leadership development and executive search services for MASB, will be holding virtual Zoom meetings with stakeholders to gain input.
Parents and community members are invited to the following virtual meetings:
Monday, November 9, 2020
2 p.m. — Parents and community
6 p.m. — Parents
7 p.m. — Community
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
7 p.m. — Parents
Input may also be shared via an online survey administered by the MASB executive search team. The 10-minute survey is available at surveymonkey.com until 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.
Anonymous responses will be combined with those from the Zoom meetings to provide community input to the West Ottawa Board of Education as it seeks to identify the best candidate for the position.
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