Veteran educator selected to lead Grand Haven Area Public Schools

A longtime Grand Haven educator will be the next superintendent of Grand Haven Area Public Schools.

Scott Grimes, deputy superintendent of GHAPS human services and a 32-year veteran of the district, has been selected by the GHAPS Board of Education as the next superintendent. 

“Scott is an exceptionally qualified candidate,” says Carl Treutler, GHAPS Board of Education president. “He brings both an extensive 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 Grand Haven Area Public Schools.” 

GHAPS is the latest district to see a change in leadership across Ottawa County and the state in a school year that has brought a major turnover in staffing across all levels of education, from bus drivers to teachers. 

Grimes spent his first seven years in Grand Haven as a teacher and coach. He also served as the high school’s assistant principal for three years, followed by 12 years as a high school principal. As deputy superintendent for the past 10 years, he has been an integral part of the district’s leadership team. 

January start date

“I am both honored and proud to be named the new superintendent,” says Grimes. “I realize our Board of Education has placed great trust in me, and I look forward to promoting student success in an environment of trust and collaboration.” 

Grimes also expresses his appreciation for former Superintendent Keith Konarska and retiring Superintendent Andrew Ingall. 

“Keith and Andy have been incredible mentors to me throughout the years. I can’t thank them enough for their guidance and leadership,” he says. 

Pending successful contract negotiations, Grimes will begin his duties as superintendent on Jan. 1. 

The district was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its top-performing schools. Every GHAPS elementary and middle school, as well as Grand Haven High School, has ranked in the top 15% in Michigan.


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