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Mar 18th, 2014 - Local News

(Mlive)– Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal was applauded for her leadership by school board members during her yearly evaluation on Monday, March 17, earning an overall "highly effective" rating — for the third consecutive year.

"The Board of Education is holding Superintendent Neal to high accountability for the academic success of its children, and she is passing with high marks on all measures," said school board President Wendy Falb about the unanimous vote. "While there is still much work to be done, she has accomplished a staggering amount in her short tenure."

Neal is expected to get a raise that brings her closer to Kent County's highest-paid school chiefs but that is to be negotiated in the spring. She opted not to pursue a raise last year and currently receives $165,000, plus the board puts $30,000 into a tax-deferred annuity.

Neal has received a wide range of support from parents and staff, community stakeholders and state and local elected officials. About 200 people attended the State of our Schools address on Saturday, March 15.

Neal took over the Grand Rapids Public School district in 2012. She says it is because of the willingness of this community to collaborate with the district that they have been able to do the work to improve the system.

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