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Kent ISD superintendent announces retirement


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)—After more than three decades helping to educate hundreds of thousands of children, the superintendent of Kent Intermediate School District is leaving his post.

Tuesday, Kevin Konarska announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year. Konarska has worked for Kent ISD for nine years, helping the agency navigate through the Great Recession and deep funding cuts by the state, all while opening new education programs and a laboratory school.

"It will be very hard to see Kevin leave," Board President Claudia Bajema said in a news release to WZZM 13. "He has made such a difference in the schools we serve and in the opportunities available to the more than 100,000 students throughout our service region."

Konarska has served in the educational field for 35 years, starting as a speech and language pathologist for Grand Rapids Public Schools. He also served as an administrator for GRPS and Forest Hills Schools before becoming the superintendent of Thornapple Kellogg Schools.

In retirement, Konarska plans to spend more time with his adult children on the West Coast while exploring education consulting opportunities.


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