Longtime Grand Haven school administrator to be next district superintendent

GRAND HAVEN, MI — A 32-year veteran of Grand Haven-area public schools will take the reins as the district’s new superintendent next year.

Deputy Superintendent Scott Grimes has been selected to serve as Grand Haven’s next superintendent effective Jan. 1, 2022, replacing outgoing Superintendent Andrew Ingall, according to a district news release.

The Grand Haven School Board approved a motion to begin contract negotiations with Grimes at a special meeting Oct. 20. Principals said Grimes was “perfectly positioned to maintain the positive momentum in the district,” the statement said.

“Scott is an exceptionally qualified candidate,” Carl Treutler, school board chairman, said in a prepared statement. “He brings both in-depth knowledge of the district and a true dedication to student success. After a thorough review of his credentials, we are confident in his ability to lead public schools in the Grand Haven area.

Grimes started at Grand Haven Schools 32 years ago as a teacher and coach. After seven years of teaching, he served as Deputy Principal of the Secondary School for three years, followed by 12 years as Principal. He served as deputy superintendent for the past 10 years, according to the release.

The new superintendent said he was “both honored and proud” to have been chosen to lead the district.

“I realize that our school board has placed great trust in me and I look forward to promoting student success in an environment of trust and collaboration,” Grimes said in a prepared statement.

Grimes said Ingall and former Grand Haven Superintendent Keith Konarska had both been influential mentors during his professional career.

“I can’t thank them enough for their guidance and leadership,” he said.

Ingall served as Superintendent of Grand Haven for almost seven years. He announced his retirement in a September 10 message to the community, saying he needed to take time off to look after the “physical and mental well-being” of himself and his family.

“Choosing the ‘right time’ to retire is difficult,” Ingall said in an email to families. “It seems that there is always, and always will be, one more element to address or improve. However, in my opinion, now is the best time available to the district and myself. The new leadership will have all the strength and energy to meet emerging challenges and embark on the next cycle of long-term planning.

Ingall called his tenure as superintendent “the greatest honor” of his professional career.

“Grand Haven is a wonderful place with amazing schools,” he said. “I wish continued success for ALL to everyone associated with our community and GHAPS. The people who work here and the board that governs this organization will no doubt make sure of that.

Ingall announced his retirement shortly after the resignation of Grand Haven School Board Chairman John Siemion, who was chairman when Ingall was named superintendent in 2015. Siemion resigned on September 2 to focus on his physical health, emotional and mental after months of increasingly hostile. school council meetings.

Grand Haven schools were recently recognized among US News & World Report’s Top Performing Schools, including three elementary schools in the top 50.

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