04/02/2019

Superintendent Candidate Focus Group for Parents and Community Members

Registration Required

Grand Rapids Public Schools is inviting parents and community members to participate in the Superintendent Focus Group taking place on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 1:35 pm - 3:00 pm at GRPS University (1400 Fuller Ave NE). 

Grand Rapids Public Schools is inviting parents and community members to participate in the Superintendent Focus Group taking place on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 1:35 pm - 3:00 pm at GRPS University (1400 Fuller Ave NE). 

Due to limited seating, we ask that you register online via bit.ly/SuptFocus, or by calling the Communications Department at 616-819-2149. Attendees must register by April 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Any requests submitted after this time will not be accepted. Seating is limited, and a confirmation will be provided upon acceptance of the registration.

During the visit, parents and community members will be introduced to the candidates seeking to be Grand Rapids Public Schools' next superintendent: 

Adrian Talley, Ed.D.: Director of Community Schools for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland since 2018. Previously, he served as Executive Director for Student Services in the same district for three years. Talley also served as Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director of Education for the Department of Defense Education Agency for three years. He worked as Associate Superintendent for one year, Community Superintendent for five years, Director of School Performance for one year, and Principal for three years for Montgomery County Schools. He taught in the classroom for 12 years in Virginia and Maryland. He has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Virginia, Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, and Doctor of Education in Education Administration and Policy Study from George Washington University.

Devon Horton Ed.D.: Chief of Schools for Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky since 2018. Previously, he was Deputy Superintendent for the East St. Louis School District 189 in Illinois for four years. Horton also served as Principal for three years, Assistant Principal for one year, and taught in the classroom for 10 years in Chicago Public Schools. He has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Jackson State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Chicago State University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Chicago State University.

During the focus group session, the candidate will provide information on their background and why they desire to be the next superintendent for GRPS. They will then provide the opportunity to ask questions. The candidates will be switching rooms half way through so that participants are able to provide feedback concerning both individuals. Feedback will be shared with the GRPS Board of Education at the end of each session.

We respectfully ask that participants attend both 40-minute sessions to provide honest and equal feedback on the candidates.

We value your input on these two candidates and look forward to your presence in our focus groups.