Superintendent receives 'highly effective' rating

Krystle Wagner • Dec 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Andy Ingall, superintendent for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, has received the highest rating possible during his recent evaluation.

The district’s Board of Education rated Ingall as “highly effective.” School board President John Siemion said the board appreciates Ingall’s willingness to adjust to input and recommendations, and his focus on student achievement through aligning curriculum and leadership development for staff.

Siemion said one of Ingall’s strengths is his communication and openness with the public, noting that the superintendent is very involved in the community. For example, Ingall participated in last year’s polar plunge during Winterfest.

“He’s not afraid to get involved and put himself out there,” Siemion said.

Ingall’s review was based on the Michigan Association of School Boards’ Superintendent Evaluation, which looks at areas such as governance and board relations, community relations, staff relations, business and finance, and instructional leadership. Ingall was also evaluated based on professional practice, student growth and progress made toward district goals.

Each category is weighted differently.

Ingall, who joined the Grand Haven school district in 2015, also received a highly effective rating in last year’s evaluation.

Siemion said that he has a good relationship with Ingall, who he calls a friend, and they can confide in each other. And the school board president said he looks forward to “a long and happy relationship” with Ingall as the district’s superintendent.

Ingall said he enjoys the opportunities he has to impact development and growth of students directly and by supporting staff. He said he also enjoys being involved and collaborating with community partners that benefit everyone living in the Grand Haven area.

“It is an honor to serve our students, staff, families and community,” Ingall said. “I am humbled to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading our amazing schools.”

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