UPDATE: 8:49 p.m: Grand Ledge public schools have released a statement regarding Davenport’s confirmation.

–At a special meeting this evening, the Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education voted to name Dr. Marcus Davenport as the next Superintendent of Grand Ledge Public Schools pending successful contract negotiations. School Board President Sara Clark-Pierson shared, “The School Board is pleased to have had three qualified candidates as finalists, and we look forward to working with Dr. Marcus Davenport as we continue our commitment to excellence and strive to guide all students to perform to their highest abilities.” The board will begin working to finalize a contract with Dr. Marcus Davenport at its June 14 meeting with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021.

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (WLNS) – The Grand Ledge School Board has unanimously voted Dr. Marcus Davenport as the new superintendent of schools.

Davenport is a Michigan State University Graduate and former Beecher Community School superintendent in Flint.

His resume can be viewed here.

Grand Ledge’s former superintendent, Brian Metcalf, was fired by the board after making controversial comments about George Floyd, a Black man who was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin.

In one of many comments, Metcalf writes, “it all starts with being a law abiding citizen – had he not paid with counterfeit money, had he not resisted, had he not been under the influence — then there would be no contact with officers; that does not excuse the officer; it just eliminates the conflict to begin with!! It starts with being a good citizen!”

The other finalists were Amy Kruppe and Steven Gabriel.

Gabriel caught flak from the community during the vote for writing a letter of recommendation for a former employee who was accused of sexual assault.

“How can I look [my daughter] in the face if he [Gabriel] is confirmed?” one citizen said.