Godfrey-Lee Board Selects Superintendent Candidates for Interviews


On Monday, February 13, 2017, the Godfrey-Lee Board of Education narrowed down a field of thirty (30) applicants for the superintendent position, selecting four (4) it plans to interview in a couple of weeks.

Assisted by Mr. Tom White, Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Executive Search Service, the Board is seeking to fill the position of Superintendent David Britten who will retire on July 1 following fifteen years with the district, the last nine as superintendent. Britten also held the position of elementary principal at Wayland Union Schools before joining Godfrey-Lee in 2002. Prior to that, he served a twenty-two year active duty military career retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1996.

The four candidates who will be interviewed in scheduled open public sessions are (in alphabetical order):

  • Ms. Tamika Henry, Principal at New Options High School in the Allendale Public School System
  • Dr. Carol Lautenbach, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning and Accountability for Godfrey-Lee Public Schools
  • Dr. Carlos Lopez, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
  • Ms. Margaret Malone, Director of Fine Arts, Grand Rapids Public Schools

The initial round of interviews will take place on Monday and Wednesday, March 6 and 8, starting at 6:30 pm both evenings. Interviews will be held during Special Board Meetings open to the public at the Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center, 961 Joosten Street SW.

At the conclusion of the initial round of interviews, the Board is expected to narrow the field to two (2) for a final round and selection scheduled for Monday, March 20 at 6:00 pm in the Early Childhood Center.

Below is a copy of the final position announcement outlining the qualifications and skills being sought by the Board of Education as well as significant features of our district and surrounding community:





About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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