*Editors note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the start time for Monday's board meeting. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. We apologize for any confusion.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRPS) — The Grand Rapids Board of Education has named three finalists in the appointment process to fill the board seat vacated by Representative-Elect Kristian Grant.
Nineteen qualified candidates submitted application materials in time for consideration by the board. The board has invited three candidates to participate in interviews for the seat at the regularly-scheduled board meeting on Monday, December 19.
The finalists are Jordoun Eatman, Vice President of Engagement and Inclusion for Experience Grand Rapids, Travis Steffens, Success Coach at Grand Rapids Community College, and Shanda Vaughn, Recipient Rights Officer for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.
The appointed board member will join three newly-elected Board of Education trustees. Sara Melton, an education and systemic support consultant, Jose Rodriguez, a substitute teacher and custom framer at Michaels, and Aarie Wade, Director of Education for Baxter Community Center, will take their seats on the board in January.
Monday’s board meeting will be held at the district office located at 1331 Martin Luther King Jr. St. It starts at 5:30 p.m.