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Ex-Mona Shores School Chief Strikes Out Twice in New Job Effort

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WHTC News) - It hasn’t been a good week so far for Terry Babbitt.

The one-time Mona Shores school superintendent has been out of work since being blamed for losing 3.8 million dollars after the district was victimized by a Ponzi scheme last fall. He was considered the front-runner for similar positions in Whitehall and Kenowa Hills, but on consecutive evenings, Babbitt lost out on both efforts.

A night after Waukazoo Elementary School Principal Jerry McDowell beat out Babbitt for the Whitehall job, the Kenowa Hills board tabbed Wyoming schools assistant superintendent Gerald Hopkins over Babbitt. The panels in both of those districts didn’t say whether the Ponzi accusation was a determining factor against Babbitt, but in the current cost-cutting atmosphere surrounding public schools in Michigan, the face that both McDowell and Hopkins wouldn’t command as high of a wage as the more-experienced Babbitt would have.

Hopkinswill replace Tom Martin, who is leaving Mona Shores next month to become the new school chief at West Ottawa.

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