The Thornapple Kellogg School Board is pleased to announce that Rob Blitchok will be the district’s next superintendent. The Board voted unanimously on Monday night to enter into contract talks with Mr. Blitchok. He will begin July 1.
Mr. Blitchok is currently the assistant superintendent overseeing business and finance, human resources, facilities, transportation, and food service. He came to Thornapple Kellogg in 2014. Prior to coming to TK, he was a teacher, varsity wrestling coach, and principal at Forest Hills Public Schools. He has also served on the Grandville School Board.
The Board interviewed him Monday before an audience of staff, administrators and parents.
Board members agreed that he meets the expectations expressed by the Board, staff and community. Stakeholders said they want a collaborative leader who drives continuous improvement in student learning. They also said they want a transparent leader who will communicate clearly and consistently with the public and with staff to keep people informed.
Mr. Blitchok holds 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.
The Board extends its gratitude to the all who participated in surveys, focus groups, and the interview.
Mr. Blitchok will succeed Superintendent Tom Enslen, who has been an educator for 35 years and Thornapple Kellogg’s top administrator for the last six years.