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TK Starts New Year with New Administration

Blitchok came to TK in 2014 and previously worked as a teacher, wrestling coach and principal at Forest Hills Public Schools. He also served on the Granville School Board.

Blitchok has earned a law degree from Wayne State University, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Western Michigan University, and a Graduate Teacher Certification from Grand Valley State University. Prior to going into education, he worked in corporate finance. 

McCarthy comes to TK with 26 years in education including many years in administration and professional accounting.

He started his career as a staff accountant with a firm in Southfield before moving to a senior accountant position with Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids for five years. He then moved to the Kent Career/Technical Center as a business service technologies instructor from 1993 to 2007.

His administrative roles in public schools started in 2007 when he was named assistant superintendent at Northview Public Schools where he stayed until 2016. He then moved to Cadillac Area Public Schools as director of business operations.

McCarthy said he wasn't really looking for another move, but when the opportunity to join the TK team came up, it was something he knew he wanted.

The move puts him back to the Grand Rapids area where he is closer to his three sons who all live in the Grand Rapids area. He also has a daughter who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

McCarthy earned an associate's degree from Grand Rapids Community College, then a bachelor's degree in accounting from Michigan State University. He completed his secondary teaching certificate and vocational teaching certificate at Aquinas College, certifying him for accounting and business administration for grades nine through 12. He has successfully completed the National Certified Public Accounting exam.

In 1998 he earned his master's degree from Western Michigan University. He has former experience with the KISD serving as the chairperson for the Kent Intermediate Education Association bargaining committee and the former chief strategist for the KIEA negotiations team. He has also served as a chairperson for the West Michigan Workers Compensation Fund.

"TK has a fabulous team in place already. I'm looking forward to being here and working with everyone," said McCarthy.

McCarthy said he's excited to get to know more people in the district.