A History of Leadership

Intermediate school districts were created in Michigan as a result of the 1962 Constitutional Convention. There are 56 intermediate school districts in Michigan which cover the 83 counties in the state. Kent ISD is the fourth largest ISD in Michigan and the largest outside of the Detroit metro area. We are governed by a five-member board elected by our twenty constituent district school boards. Board members serve six-year terms. Kent ISD’s primary mission is to serve the public and parochial school districts and children of the Kent ISD area.

Timeline of Establishment

Kent County Board of Education organized August 19, 1947
Kent Intermediate School District formed officially on March 16, 1963
Kent Intermediate School District name adopted on March 16, 1963

School Board Members

Andrea Haidle, President
Fredrick K. Thorne, Vice President
Claudia Bajema, Secretary
Bill Joseph, Treasurer
David Drake, Trustee


Lynn H.Clark 1935-47-Kent County Commissioner of Schools
Lynn H.Clark 1947-61-Kent County Superintendent of Schools (deceased 04/91)
Erwin J. Kleinert 1961-66 -Kent County Superintendent of Schools
Roscoe E. Miner 1967-68 -Kent ISD Superintendent (deceased 12/13/68)
Albert L. Deal 1969-78 -Kent ISD Superintendent
LaVerne H. Boss 1978-84 - Kent ISD Superintendent
George J. Woons, PhD 1984-01 - Kent ISD Superintendent (retired June, 2001)
Michael S. Weiler 2001-06 -Kent ISD Superintendent (retired Dec 31, 2006)
Kevin A. Konarska 2007-2015 - Kent ISD Superintendent (retired June 30, 2015)
Ronald Caniff 2015- - Kent ISD Superintendent