The Board of Education will hold Special Meetings to narrow down the field of Superintendent candidates and hold the first round of Superintendent interviews.
Special Meeting: April 14, 2015 Special Meeting: April 18, 2015
Chris Stark, President.
Mrs. Stark is a life long Montague area resident. She and her family live in White River Township. A graduate of Montague High School, she is serving her third term on the Board. Mrs. Stark is employed by Grand Rapids Ophthalmology as a Compliance and Credentialing Coordinator. Regarding her school years she said, "I received an outstanding education in Montague schools." Mrs. Stark's goal as a Board member is to work to ensure that all children receive quality instruction in school. The Starks have two children. As a parent and Board member, she wants the best possible education for them, too. She has been appointed to serve on the Board's Employee/Community Relations and Policy Committees which are responsible for financial oversight of district funds and district policies.
Cindy Francis, Vice-President
Mrs. Francis is a local business woman who, with her husband, operates Montague Tree Farms. She has a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from MSU. She was elected to her first term in 1997, and has served ever since. She is currently Board Vice President. She, as well as her three children, graduated from Montague, and now has two grandchildren in the district. Cindy believes a school district is the heart of a community, and that providing a quality education for all is the best thing a society can do for its people. Both the staff and facilities at Montague are something we all can be proud of. Mrs. Francis serves on the Employee-Community Relations and Joint Montague/Whitehall committees.
Michael Moore, Secretary
Current Term -- 2012-2016
Mr. Moore has lived in Montague for most of his life outside of college and a brief period on the east side of the state. He currently lives in White River Township with his family. Mike is a graduate of Montague Schools and stated that his experiences were nothing short of outstanding. These experiences were so fond, he wanted nothing less for his own children who currently attend MAPS. He has been employed by West Shore Community College as the Director of Recreational Services for the past decade where he oversees two facilities, their staff, programs, and budgets. Mike has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. He feels there is nothing more important to an individual and community than providing a quality education, which all the families in this community deserve. This is what helps define MAPS. He is very involved in his children's lives, and their education is on the top of his list of things to be involved with. When asked why he wanted to run for MAPS School Board, he said it was because of his passion for being involved, never settling for the status quo, and always wanting to learn.
Richard Hunt, Treasurer
Mr. Hunt was elected to the Board in 1999, and re-elected again in 2011. He has served the community as Mayor of Montague and he served on the Board in the 1970's. He serves as chairperson of the Finance Committee, and is also a member of the Building & Site Committee. Mr. Hunt is a local business man who previously owned Hunt's "Do It Best" Hardware in Montague and later moved the store to Whitehall. Mr. Hunt is in his fourth term on the board. He has years of business and local government experience upon which to draw as he considers education issues that are important to the community. His thoughtful contributions to meetings have helped the Board make decisions that best meet the needs of students, the community and the district.
Tom Johnson, Trustee
Mr. Johnson is serving his first term on the Board. Mr. Johnson believes the future lies within the children of our community. He would like to do his part in creating an excellent environment for our children to live, learn, and grow in education so that today's children will live full and meaningful lives in hopes that they will in return help the next generation of children. Mr. Johnson is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and has a degree in Criminal Justice. He has been in law enforcement for nearly 23 years, with 15 of those years as a Deputy with the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office. Tom is actively involved in White Lake Youth Sports, and he currently has two children attending Montague Area Public Schools.
Scott Beishuizen, Trustee
Mr. Beishuizen is serving his first term on the Board. He is very impressed with the quality of education the Montague Public School system delivers to its students. He feels we have a very dedicated and qualified staff that pours their hearts into each and every one of the students. Mr. Beishuizen has lived in the Montague area his whole life and graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School. He lives in Rothbury with his wife and four daughters, and is currently the Rothbury Village President. Scott is employed by the City of Montague as the Foreman for the Department of Public Works where he has worked for the past 17 years.
Blair Moreau, Trustee
Mr. Moreau is a firm believer in quality education. He feels that MAPS offers that education with it's highly qualified and engaged administrative, teaching and support staff; and this is something he wants to be part of. He wants to be a role model to his children and show them it is important to be involved in their community and give back to the community in which they live. Mr. Moreau moved to Montague in 1996. He is married to Amy Moreau, and they have three children. He has been employed at Mercy Health Partners for 21 years and is currently the H.E.A.R.T. Center Manager. Mr. Moreau received his Master of Science degree in Administration from Central Michigan University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University in Exercise Physiology in 1987. He is certified with American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist and is a member of ACSM, AACVPR. He is serving on the Finance committee. Mr. Moreau's mantra is: Education is life long, never stop wanting to learn something new.
BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
January 26 - special meeting; 5:00 p.m.
June 15 (budget hearing followed by regular meeting)
All meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Meetings are held at Montague High School
Note: Minutes will be updated after they have been approved by the board at the following board meeting. (Click on date to read minutes from previous meetings)
July 28, 2014
August 11, 2014
August 25, 2014
September 22, 2014
October 27, 2014
November 17, 2014
December 8, 2014
December 15, 2014
January 12, 2015
January 26, 2015
February 23, 2015
March 23, 2015 (special)
March 23, 2015 (regular)