GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - On Dec. 19, the Grand Rapids school board narrowed the field from seven to four search firms that will aid in the hiring of a new superintendent.
The remaining four firms were interviewed on Jan. 9.
Board members looked at the experience and success records of the firms, as well as how comprehensive their responses were to the initial proposal request.
The board spent $20,000 searching for its last superintendent Bernard Taylor, who is set to leave the district at the end of the school year.
Some of the firms scheduled to be interviewed could cost as much as $35,000. The lowest bid is $10,250.
Information on the four schools to be interviewed:
- Lansing-based Michigan Association of School Boards. MASB bid $10,250.
- Michigan Leadership Institute out of Ossineke. MLI conducted the district's last search and had proposals ranging from $15,250 to $18,250.
- School Exec Connect out of Highland Park, Ill., bid between $21,000 and $24,000.
- Rosemont, Ill.-based Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates bid between $30,000 and $35,000.
Those firms sent representatives to the board to be interviewed on Jan. 9.
Representatives noted that the district is looking for an "authentic" person with "integrity."
One firm said that it seeks out "candidates who have good, strong collaborative skills," which it said is key in leading districts.
GRPS is currently under the supervision of Interim Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.
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