Montague School Board
Seven members sit on the Montague Area Public Schools Board of Education.
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 second four-year 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 Dave, operates Montague Tree Farm. Her three terms on the Board have been a positive force for meeting needs of students and providing support to staff members. Even during the busiest season on the farm, she has given whatever time has been needed to fulfill her responsibilities for the benefit of the district. Mrs. Francis serves on the Employee-Community Relations and Joint Montague/Whitehall committees.
Judy Near, Secretary
Ms. Near was elected to the Board in 2004 and re-elected in May of 2009. She is a surgical nurse at Mercy Health Partners. Ms. Near serves as chairperson of the Policy committee, Employee/Community Relations committee and Joint Montague/Whitehall committee. She feels education is one of the most valuable assets you can have in your life and is something that no one can take away from you. Ms. Near is looking forward to continuing her term serving as a Board member, so that she can witness and share in the growth of young people's educational formation.
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.
Bruce Carroll, Trustee
Mr. Carroll is serving his first term on the Board. He retired from the American Steamship Company and his work on Great Lakes freighters in 2009. I always liked the idea of working on ships when I graduated from Montague High school, Carroll said. "Now I'm interested in the school system. The district has a great board and I want to help out". As a board member he wants to help kids prepare for college and getting a job. He feels the challenge for schools today is making sure funding is available to help them achieve their goals. He has been appointed to both the Building and Site and Policy committees for the district.
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.
Michael Moore, Trustee
Mr. Moore has lived in Montague for most of his life outside of college and a brief period of working 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 Oehrli Elementary. He has been employed by West Shore Community College as the Director of Recreational Services for the past decade where he over-sees two facilities, their staff, programs and budgets. He feels working within an educational institution and being involved in running the two facilities are experiences he can draw upon. Mike is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership through CMU and will have completed this by summer 2013. 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 and 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 (as well as pursuing his Master’s degree) he said it was because of his passion for being involved, never settling for the status quo and always wanting to learn.