Dr. Bill Barnes


Dr. Bill Barnes is the superintendent of Grand Ledge Public Schools, and has served in that capacity since August of 2022. Prior to that role, he was the assistant superintendent for academic services for Grand Ledge Public Schools for three years. Before joining GLPS, Bill worked for Charlotte Public Schools for 14 years, where he was the high school principal for eight years, an intervention coordinator and writing coach for two years, and a math and English teacher for four years. He also served as English department chair, as an assistant football coach,  and as forensics adviser throughout the first six years in the district. He started his teaching career in 2005 as a math teacher at Eastern High School. Bill has served on various community boards and in other volunteer capacities throughout his career, and currently serves as the past chair of the Capital Area College Access Network board, as a member of the Eaton Community Health board, and as a member of the advisory committee for the Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3). In his local community, he is a member of the Grand Ledge Kiwanis Club, the Grand Ledge Rotary Club and the Grand Ledge Lions Club, he is a commissioner on the Grand Ledge Parks and Recreation Commission, and he is a member of the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce board of directors . Bill has a doctorate in educational leadership and a masters degree in K-12 administration from Michigan State University, he has a bachelors degree in English with a math minor and secondary teaching certificate from Western Michigan University, and he earned a graduate certificate in marketing from Davenport University. He graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 2000. He has two daughters, Ellee and Natalee, and his wife, Erinn, is a kindergarten teacher in Grand Ledge Public Schools.

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Day 2
September 21, 2023
3:45 pm

MI Student Aid: Making College Accessible, Affordable and Attainable [DEI]

21 September
Time:  3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:  Directors

MI Student Aid is committed to supporting students in their pursuit of post-secondary education. Join us for an engaging discussion about the State's financial aid programs, student data available in the MiSSG High School Counselor Portal, and other interactive MI Student Aid resources available to assist high school counselors and support staff with inspiring and motivating students towards their path for financial success in college. Superintendents and administrators will also hear successful outreach strategies, learn about MI Student Aid’s regional approach and how they can help support high school counselors in implementing MI Student Aid services into their work with students. Focus: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion/Leadership Development/Other. Takeaways: 1. Superintendents and administrators will understand how their high schools can access valuable student level data available in the MiSSG High School Counselor Portal. 2. Superintendents and administrators will understand the various resources and support available through MI Student Aid to assist high school counselors in post-secondary efforts/planning at their school. 3. Superintendents and administrators will have a better understanding of state financial aid programs and how they can empower their high school counselors to engage with services provided by MI Student Aid through continuous partnership.

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