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My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.

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Firefighters put out flames at Cascade business


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Cascade Township metal business is cleaning up after a fire started inside a workshop.

It happened at Best Metal Products, on Raleigh Drive near 36th St., Tuesday evening.

A welding filter caught fire. The flames were so far inside the building a lot of firefighters were needed to get through the heavy smoke to get the fire under control.

No one was hurt.


Donation helps put more AEDs in schools


CASCADE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thanks to a large donation, three West Michigan schools will be equipped with automated external defibrillators to help in emergencies.

The West Michigan Officials Association presented a $4,000 donation Monday night to the Wes Leonard Heart Team.

In 2011, 16-year-old Wes Leonard collapsed on the basketball court and died from cardiac arrest, due to an enlarged heart.

His mother receive the donation from the WMOA Monday night.

WMOA's Brad Brunet said cardiac emergencies can happen to anyone at a sporting event, and the AEDs could save lives.

"It could affect a coach, it could affect an official, it could affect a fan, a player, at any of these contests," Brunet said, "so we figure the more these AEDs are in these schools, the better off everybody's going to be."

My Town: Kent ISD superintendent candidate withdraws application

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.”

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My Town: Hundreds of students heading to state tournament

My Town: Hundreds of students heading to state tournament

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A battle of the brains will include hundreds of West Michigan students in May.

Seventeen local teams made the cut during the Michigan Science Olympiad Regional 12 Tournament at Grand Valley State University last weekend.  Eleven middle school teams from Division B and six high school teams from Division C advanced to the State Tournament, including:

Division B

  • 1. Lakeshore Middle School
  • 2. Jenison Junior High School
  • 3. Chandler Woods Charter
  • 4. East Grand Rapids Middle School
  • 5. Allendale Middle School
  • 6. Harbor Lights Middle School
  • 7. Plymouth Christian Middle School
  • 8. White Pines Intermediate
  • 9. Macatawa Bay Middle School
  • 10. Grandville Middle School
  • 11. Dutton Christian Middle School
  • Alternate: Forest Hills Central Middle School

 

Division C

Never before seen Japanese art on display for spring


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)—It may still feel like winter, but a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens is moving into its spring phase.

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves: