Schools hire 8

The Grand Haven and Spring Lake school districts have hired a total of eight staff members this week to fill roles that were vacated by resignations and retirements.
Krystle Wagner
Aug 23, 2013


The districts had laid off staff members in June as they handled budget deficits for the upcoming school year.

In early August, Grand Haven called back all 10 who were laid off.

Spring Lake Public Schools did not call back eight laid-off paraprofessionals.

The Spring Lake district has hired a teacher for its first-year Great Start Readiness Program and a transportation coordinator. Superintendent Dennis Furton said they are also looking to fill five positions recently vacated through resignations — including an intermediate/middle school art teacher, central office administrator, math interventionist, food service employee and a band teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School.

Six new teachers will join Grand Haven Area Public Schools: three special-education teachers, one elementary school teacher, one middle/high school choir teacher, and one high school science teacher.

Scott Grimes, assistant superintendent of human services for the Grand Haven district, said they filled the six positions because they were vacated from leaves of absences, resignations and retirements. He said the district is also housing a new countywide special-education program.

Grimes said it’s exciting to hire new staff members who will bring energy and skills to the district.

“Our new employees will add a lot of positives, but will also receive great benefit working with our current teaching staff,” he said.


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