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Four finalists for supt. to be interviewed at WHS Friday

The Wayland Board of Education will interview four finalist candidates for the superintendent’s position Friday afternoon and evening at the high school media center.

Eighteen applications were reviewed by the board Tuesday in the process to succeed Dr. Christina Hinds, who resigned in March to take the deputy superintendent’s post at Grand Rapids Northview.

The interviews will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday April 22.  The public is encouraged to attend.  A second round of interviews is planned for Tuesday, April 26.  

The four finalists and the times they will be interviewed are as follows:

• 4:30 p.m. — Rebekah Redmer, M.Ed., executived director, Jenison International Academy, Jenison Public Schools, since 2013.  Previously, she served as a director, principal, and assistant principal in Jenison for four years.  She also served as a science teacher for East Jordan and Fenton Schools for ten years.

• 5:30 p.m. — Steve Patchin, Ph.D., superintendent for Hancock Public School District since 2019.  Previously, he served as director of career services and director of pre-college outreach for Michigan Technological University for eleven years. He also served as a math and social studies teacher for Dollar Bay Schools for five years.  He was a general manager for Best Buy and Kmart for six years.

• 7 p.m. — Tim Reeves, M.A., superintendent for Shelby Public Schools since 2018. Previously, he served as a principal in Hamilton for three years, Kelloggsville for eight years and was assistant principal in Kelloggsville for two years.  He also served as a business, social studies and economics teacher in Kelloggsville and Battle Creek for seven years.

• 8 p.m. — Chris Parker, M.Ed., superintendent for Public Schools of Petoskey since 2019. Previously, he served as associate director for Michigan Excel Statewide System of Support for two years, associate superintendent for Traverse City Area Schools for one year, and superintendent for Northport Schools for two years. He also was an elementary principal for Traverse City Schools for five years and a school social worker and behavioral consultant for Traverse Bay Area ISD for six years.

Assisting in the search is the Michigan Association of School Boards. The school board expects to appoint a new superintendent to begin July 1.

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