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My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application
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My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent Intermediate School District will continue screening its lone finalist for superintendent.

Monday, West Ottawa Schools Superintendent Tom Martin announced he is withdrawing his application for the job.  Martin was one of two finalists for the position with Kent ISD. 

In a statement released to WZZM 13 Monday, Martin said, “After talking with West Ottawa’s board president who urged me to stay and hearing the same support through numerous emails, notes and phone calls, I’ve decided to withdraw from the Kent ISD search. We have come so far in this district, and with the continued support of staff and community, we can and will build on that improvement for all of our students. College, career and life ready is a vision that’s becoming a reality, and I look forward to continue being a part of that success.”

Martin’s decision leaves Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff as the lone candidate for Kent ISD superintendent.  Kent ISD plans to continue its search process Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a Board interview of Caniff.

“I wish Mr. Martin well in his career and certainly understand his desire to see to completion the student achievement and construction initiatives begun during his tenure at West Ottawa,” said Kent ISD Board President Claudia Bajema. “We will continue with our process and the board will determine Tuesday evening if Mr. Caniff is the best candidate for the job.”

Caniff was also scheduled to meet members of the Kent Intermediate Superintendents’ Association and Kent ISD staff members prior to his final interview with the board.

If chosen, Caniff will take over for Kevin Konarska, who is retiring on June 30.  Konarska has led Kent ISD for nine years.

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