The Grandville Board of Education has approved two familiar faces to fill administrative positions. Adam Lancto, who has served as assistant principal at Grandville High School since 2015, is the new principal of the school. He replaces John Philo, who was promoted to assistant superintendent of human resources, effective July 1, 2018. Philo replaces Connie Stark, who retired after 30 years with Grandville.
Lancto and Philo were top selections from interview teams for their respective roles.
Lancto is a former English and history teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Albion College and his master’s degree in education at Grand Valley State University. During his tenure as assistant principal, he helped implement the school’s new science course sequence, the only board-approved sequence in Kent County that meets the new Michigan Science Standards.
“I am eager to dig in to our work of providing high levels of learning for all students through our Professional Learning Communities,” says Lancto about his new role. “Over the last two years our PLCs were responsible for helping increase our SAT scores by nearly 80 points, steadily dropping failure rates, and targeting areas of need for students in their growth as young adults.”
Philo earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Grand Valley State University, his bachelor’s in education at Aquinas College, and his master’s degree in education leadership at GVSU. He has worked for Grandville since 2003 in various positions, including science teacher, assistant principal, and middle-school and high-school principal.
“I look forward to developing a more streamlined approach to recruiting and hiring ‘rock star’ employees who will push us toward continual improvement and innovation in education,” says Philo. “My passion is to create learning environments where all students and adults have the confidence to take risks that will significantly impact their future.”
A vacancy on the Grandville Board of Education was created by the resignation of Rob Blitchok, who was recently named the new superintendent of Thornapple Kellogg Schools. Chris Orme has been appointed to serve until the next school board election this fall. He is a longtime Grandville resident, parent, and supporter of community programs such as Grandville Little League. He has more than 19 years of experience in commercial construction and has presented seminars on the topic of school security. Orme also brings experience in mental health, having worked with at-risk youth.