Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Godfrey Lee Public Schools/MASB
Position Details: 

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

The Board of Education of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools is seeking a superintendent for a unique opportunity in a progressive school district. The former superintendent is retiring after nine successful years.

Godfrey-Lee is a geographically small district (one square mile) in northern Wyoming, Michigan, near Grand Rapids. The District has 1,974 students, 53% growth since 2000, with a 78% Hispanic population. There are 120 teachers in the district.

Godfrey-Lee is a base foundation district but has a high degree of poverty (38% poverty of households within the district and 95% of the students receive free and reduced lunch) for which it receives almost an additional $3,000 per student in Federal funds. The total district budget is approximately $20 million with a fund balance of 13%. Approximately 20% of the district’s students are schools-of-choice.

Godfrey-Lee has a very supportive community as evidenced by the regular passage of bonds and millage requests over several decades. Two recent facilities improvements have been completed to provide upgrades in energy efficiency, building appearance, security, building and athletic complex improvements and performing arts. The District’s buildings are nearly at-capacity, and the next superintendent will need to address space needs.

Graduation rates in the district’s traditional high school consistently exceed state standards but it is working on improving the achievement results. The district has recently received a significant two year grant from the Steelcase Foundation for a Human Centered Design System to develop a new learner profile model and redesign the educational systems around the needs of the students, parents and community. Continuation and completion of this effort will be a key responsibility of the next superintendent.

Board of Education

-Eric R. Mockerman, President                                                               -David Blok, Trustee
-Dennis Groendyke, Vice President                                                         -Robert Baker, Trustee
-Tammy Schafer, Secretary
-Lynn Velthouse, Treasurer
-Rebecca Lynn Kibbe, Trustee


Other attractive aspects of Godfrey-Lee:

  • A loyal and highly qualified faculty with a high percentage of teachers trained in English Language Proficiency.
  • Performing arts, music and physical education programs across all grade levels.
  • Participant in a grant award from the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation for the development of teacher leadership.
  • A hybrid 1-to-1 and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) district that has made substantial network, hardware and professional learning investments in technology.
  • Partnership with Grand Rapids Community College that provides on-site collegiate dual-enrolled courses for our high school students.
  • An open-enrollment alternative high school that continues to develop a critical job skills focus and has increased graduation rates substantially over the past eight years.
  • Collegial and transparent relationships between the Board, Administration and two employee associations.
  • The county’s only district-wide community schools model centered on a Kent School Services Network structure in all schools, a school-based nursing partnership with Spectrum Health, and an on-site school resource officer.
  • Strong community-wide cultural and family support that attracts students and parents to our schools through residential and schools-of-choice enrollment.
  • Students who support one another and have a high rate of volunteerism.
  • Walkable distances between all school buildings.
  • Supportive business community and local governments with master plan for improving the business district underway.

Qualifications and Characteristics of the Successful Candidate:

  • Experience working with at-risk students and diverse communities
  • Track record of community involvement
  • Knowledgeable about educational technology
  • Up-to-date on educational best practices
  • Significant involvement in community and school activities very important
  • History as an effective leader
  • Experience in public schools and school administration, superintendent experience preferred but not required
  • A change agent who will embrace and implement the Human Centered Design System
  • Experience with bonds and construction desirable.
  • Knowledge/experience with teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) highly desirable.

Salary and Contract Information

The Board will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract. Compensation will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate and requirements of the position. A preliminary salary range of $125,000 to $135,000 has been established. Other benefits are subject to negotiation with the successful candidate.

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should complete and submit an online application found at

Completed online applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Wednesday, February 1. No “hard copy,” fax or emailed copies accepted. IF requested by the candidate, materials will be treated confidentially through the screening process. Candidate names will become public at the time an interview is scheduled.

All questions regarding the search should be directed to Tom White, Senior Consultant, Michigan Association of School Boards, at 517.515.1604 or

Search Timeline



Recommended application submission

After: January 18, 2017

Application deadline

February 1, 2017

Selection of candidates to interview

February 13, 2017

First round interviews

March 6 – 8, 2017

Second round interviews

March 20, 2017

Selection of superintendent

March 20, 2017

Start date

July 1, 2017

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