The Board of Education of the Kent Intermediate School District (Kent ISD) welcomes applications from  qualified applicants for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Superintendent Ron Caniff officially  retires effective December 31, 2020 after five exemplary years of service to the organization. Interim  Superintendent Ron Koehler will guide the district through the end of June 2021, when the Board of  Education expects the next superintendent to assume duties. 

This is certainly one of the premier opportunities in the Midwest if not the entire country. The greater  Kent County area is a wonderful place to live featuring parks, theater and entertainment, culture and  attractive neighborhoods. Furthermore, the new superintendent will serve in an area with a vibrant  economy, exceptional schools, supportive partners and a veteran Board of Education who strives toward the organizational vision: 

“Kent ISD will be the community’s first choice for educational 

services so that every student in every classroom achieves every day.” 


BUDGETS (20-21 Projected) 

General Fund $47,248,961 General Fund Balance $3,214,347 Special Education $184,391,010 Special Education Fund Balance $7,365,228 Community Service Fund $22,538,961 Community Service Fund Balance $NA Career/Technical Education $28,534,637 Career/Technical Education Fund Balance $8,986,470 Cooperative Education Fund $5,398,409 Cooperative Education Fund Balance $2,352,616 STAFFING 

Superintendent’s Office – 14 CTE Department – 19 

Early Childhood Department – 261 Finance Department –13 

Human Resources Department –7 Instruction Department – 174 


Special Education Department –446 Technology Department –40 Transportation Department-37 Facilities and Maintenance-39 Total – 1,062 

The Board of Education is offering a highly competitive, multi-year compensation and benefit package  with a salary range of $195,000- $220,000. 


Interested candidates should complete and submit an online application here,

Completed online applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, March 15, 2021.  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. 

Candidates are asked to refrain from reaching out directly to board members. All questions regarding  the search should be directed to Mark R. Dobias, Consultant, Michigan Association of School Boards, at  269.532.0543 or