Superintendent Search

Superintendent Scott Grimes will retire effective June 30, 2024, after a distinguished career at Grand Haven Area Public Schools. We are grateful for his 35 years of dedication, passion for education, and leadership.

The GHAPS Board of Education has secured the services of the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) to facilitate our superintendent search. Jay Bennett, Assistant Director of Executive Search Services will work with the board, staff, and community stakeholders in this process.

As we continue the journey in our search for a new superintendent, we desire to keep staff, parents, and community stakeholders informed. Please continue to refer back to this page for updated information.

 

Press Release:  April 25, 2024 - Grand Haven Area Public Schools Select Kristin Perkowski for Superintendency 

The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with Kristin Perkowski as our new Superintendent at the special board meeting this evening.

We want to thank the candidates for their interest in Grand Haven Area Public Schools and their commitment to public education.  Most importantly, we want to extend our deepest gratitude for the participation of our staff, parents, and community in this very important endeavor.  We are confident in our selection and look forward to beginning the work of contract negotiations. Please see MASB’s press release.  

 

 


After the completion of open houses and second-round interviews for the three (3) finalists on April 23, 2024, the Board of Education decided to call for a special board meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2024. This will allow additional time for the board to digest the information from the open houses, interviews, and feedback from staff, parents, and the community.

The purpose of the special meeting is for the board to select a superintendent candidate to enter into contract negotiations. This meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at the Education Service Center beginning at 7:00 pm.  The meeting will be live-streamed with a link available on our website.

PDF DocumentGHAPS Board Schedule Three Candidates Scheduled for Second Round Interviews and Candidate Open House

The Grand Haven Area Public School’s Board of Education has scheduled the following three candidates for second round interviews:

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

5:30pm- Kristin Perkowski, MA, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Traverse City Area Public Schools, MI

6:45pm- Jason Reinecke, M.Ed., Assistant Superintendent of Human Services, Grand Haven Area Public Schools, MI

8:00pm- Scott Smith, Ed.S., Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI

Interviews will be held in the cafeteria at Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris St, Grand Haven, MI 49417. Staff and the community are encouraged to attend. There will be an opportunity to fill out interview feedback forms after each of the interviews. Copies of the feedback forms will be presented to the board.

Prior to these interviews, the GHAPS Board of Education has scheduled community open houses on Tuesday, April 23 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the three finalists selected for the open superintendency. The final candidates will be available to meet with staff, students, and community members at Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris St.  Please enter through the main entrance. Those in attendance at the open house will be able to fill out an input form that will be shared with all the board members.

Press Release: March 12, 2024:

 

PDF DocumentGHAPS Board of Education Announces Candidates for Superintendent

 

Press Release:  March 14, 2024: 

 

PDF DocumentGHAPS Schedule for First Round Interviews for Superintendency

The Grand Haven Area Public School’s Board of Education has scheduled the following six candidates for first round interviews:

Tuesday, April 16
6:00pm - Jennifer Herbstreit, Ed.S., Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Holly Area Schools, MI

7:00pm - Raphael Rittenhouse, M.Ed., Superintendent, Gull Lake Community Schools, MI

8:00pm - John Denney, Ed.S., Superintendent, Hanover-Horton School District, MI

Wednesday, April 17
6:00pm - Scott Smith, Ed.S., Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI

7:00pm - Jason Reinecke, M.Ed., Assistant Superintendent of Human Services, Grand Haven Area Public Schools, MI

8:00pm - Kristin Perkowski, MA, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Traverse City Area Public Schools, MI

Interviews will be held at Griffin Elementary, 1700 S Griffin St, Grand Haven, MI 49417. Staff and the community are encouraged to attend.

There will be an opportunity to fill out interview feedback forms after each of the interviews. Copies of the feedback forms will be presented to the board.

 

Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Scott Grimes says he will retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year.

Grimes made the announcement in an email sent to staff and district families Friday morning.

“It has been the greatest honor of my professional career being appointed superintendent of the school district I have served for 35 years,” Grimes wrote. “Having said that, I’m planning to retire at the end of the school year, June 30, 2024.

“This district has provided our family so many opportunities, including meeting my wife, raising our two children who are both proud graduates of (Grand Haven High School), and living in an incredible community,” he added. “I certainly could not have done this, or any other administrative position without their support. The same can be said for our awesome staff, students, families and community.”

Grimes was selected as superintendent of Grand Haven schools in October 2021, on the heels of the retirement of the previous superintendent, Andy Ingall.

Originally from Battle Creek, Grimes graduated from Central Michigan University in 1987 and spent his first seven years in Grand Haven as a high school teacher and coach, eventually navigating his way through various positions in the district.

Before serving as deputy superintendent, Grimes was the high school’s assistant principal for three years, followed by a 12-year stint as principal. He’s coached football, basketball and softball, and is the current president of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Representative Council.

The district has seen many successes on a local, state and national level for academics as well as athletics and extracurriculars. Reports from the U.S. News and World Report named Grand Haven schools on their best schools lists, with its recently released 2024 best elementary and middle schools list naming all seven GHAPS elementary schools, White Pines Intermediate School and Lakeshore Middle School among the best. Rosy Mound Elementary School was specifically ranked No. 1 in Ottawa County and No. 7 in Michigan, but all district elementary schools ranked in the top 15 percent in the state and both the intermediate and middle school ranked in the top 4 percent in the state. Robinson Elementary School was also awarded the 2023 National Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Department of Education, becoming the fifth GHAPS elementary school to receive the distinction for its dedication to student success.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank Scott for his 35 years of service to the district and for the steady hand he provided when the district was in a transition of leadership during the 2021-22 school year,” said Christine Baker, president of the Grand Haven school board. “As superintendent he helped us navigate the district back to normal business post-COVID. For that, all of us are grateful. We wish him and his family the best.”

“I hope there is continued success for everyone in our district as I transition from staff to community member,” Grimes wrote in his announcement on Friday. “Education is important, difficult work, but with everyone working collaboratively to benefit students, great things will continue to happen at GHAPS. I look forward to a smooth transition for the rest of the school year. Go Bucs!”

 

*Excerpts taken from the Grand Haven Tribune article External LinkGHAPS Superintendent to retire at the end of the school year