KEC Beltline

About KEC Beltline

KEC Beltline is a dual program offering students a high school level education as well as preparing them for the world of work. The goal of KECB is to ensure that all students reach their educational goals by either receiving a diploma or transitioning into employment and becoming a productive member within the global community they live in.

KEC Beltline's Students

KECB serves high school students with emotional impairments.

Joining the KEC Beltline Family

Students are placed here by local school districts within Kent County through a RAC process.

Program capacity

80-100 students

Principal - Jim Polasek

Jim Polasek
email: jamespolasek@kentisd.org

Get to know our principal

Jim has been in education for 31 years and held various positions from teaching to administration. He holds two Master’s Degrees and is in the process of finishing a doctoral program in 2019.

Jim’s educational profession started by teaching in Detroit Public schools for three years before moving  to the west side of the state to work as a teacher consultant for Vicksburg Community Schools for four years. He then took a teaching position with Grand Rapids Public Schools and held many positions with this school district which including: Special Education Teacher, Middle School Principal, Elementary School Principal, District Special Education Supervisor, Central Office Compliance Coordinator/Assistant Special Education Director, and finally Principal of KEC Beltline.

Jim has a passion for working with students to help them achieve their goals in life and become productive members of society. He strives to equip his staff to prepare students for the next phase of their lives, whether that is college or the work force.

Jim's vision

Jim’s vision for this program is to ensure that all students reach their educational goals by either receiving a diploma or transitioning into the world of work and becoming a productive member within the global community they live in.

Contact:
Kent Educational Center Beltline
1606 Leffingwell NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

616-410-4760

Administrative Assistant:
Pamela Webster
pamelawebster@
kentisd.org

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