KPS School Board selects Chicago administrator as next superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools

Claire Goodwin-Kelly

On Wednesday, February 19th, the Kalamazoo Public School board offered Rita Raichoudhuri the superintendent position. Raichoudhuri is a former Chicago Public Schools administrator who has had almost 20 years of experience in education. Raichoudhuri worked as the Executive Director of Early College and Career at Chicago Public Schools beginning in 2017. Before this, she worked as a principal in the district for four years. She also has a doctorate degree in urban education leadership from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in education, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.  

The KPS Board of Education had been searching for a new superintendent since Dr. Michael Rice, the former superintendent of KPS for 12 years, was appointed by the Michigan State Board of Education to be the state superintendent in May of 2019.  Gary Start was hired to be interim superintendent while the board continued the search. 

Raichoudhuri said that as superintendent she would continually learn the best practices in education and look for new, innovative ways to better educate students.  

Board president Patti Sholler-Barber said in an interview with WWMT, “The board feels very strongly that the community and the staff and the whole collective body and the family of Kalamazoo Public Schools helped us tremendously. We couldn’t have done it without their input and without their support.” 

Raichoudhuri has accepted the position and is waiting to sign the contract. Her start date has not been released yet.