Board of Education

Board of Education Members

Our school board members are entrusted with the important work of shaping the education of our youngest citizens. They dedicate countless hours to creating the mission, vision and goals that drive our schools.

They are dedicated to creating a school culture where collaboration and continuous learning are valued and displayed throughout our system.

The seven members of the Tri County Area Schools Board of Education do this by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.

Brian Campbell
Treasurer, Term Expires: 2022
Janice Dewey
Secretary, Term Expires: 2020
Jill Fennessy
President, Term Expires: 2020
Lana Ford
Trustee, Term Expires: 2024
Jennifer Gould
Trustee, Term Expires: 2024
Janet Powell
Vice President, Term Expires: 2022
MaDonna Princer
Trustee, Term Expires: 2024

Board Meetings

BOE Regular Meetings

TC Educational Service Center
Board Room, 7:00 PM

BOE Workshop

TC Educational Service Center
Board Room, 6:30 PM

2020 Meeting Dates

January 27*
February 10, 24*
March 9, 23*
April 13, 27*
May 11, 18*
June 8, 22*



Public Participation at Board Meetings

Board meetings are held for the purpose of conducting the business of the district and are not public meetings, but meetings held in public. All regular and special meetings of the board shall be open to the public.

The board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens, students, and employee organizations and shall schedule times at all meetings for them to be heard.

When addressing the board during Public Comment, state your name and address at the start of your comment. Please limit your comments to three minutes.
Audience time is not intended as a forum for public debate. Questions raised may require further investigation. Normally, the board will wait until its next meeting before responding to concerns raised.

Questions & Concerns

Residents of the community are encouraged to communicate with Tri County Area Schools educators and school board members.

School-related problems can usually best be solved by talking with the employee closest to the problem, i.e. teachers, support staff, principal. It is there that most problems can be quickly and productively resolved. 

If questions still remain, please contact the Superintendent. And, if you're convinced that further action is required, your next step is to submit it to the Board of Education. You may address the Board at a board meeting during the Public Comment portion of the agenda or in writing to the Board of Education, 94 Cherry Street, PO Box 79, Sand Lake, MI  49343.

March Issue by Janice Dewey, Board Secretary


Dear Tri County Community,

I wanted to let you know that the TC Board of Education holds an active membership in the Montcalm County School Board Association (MCSBA), which is made up of all seven school districts in our ISD, along with Montcalm Community College (MCC). 

Trustee Lana Ford and I are the MCSBA executive committee representatives from Tri County for the 2019-20 school year.  At least four times a year, we meet with other MCSBA representatives to report what is going on in our respective districts, to network together, to share concerns and ideas, and plan and organize for the General Membership meetings that we hold in the Spring and the Fall.

This year, the MCSBA is pleased to announce that our Spring General Membership Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020, will be held at Montabella Community Schools, where there will be a building tour at 6 PM, a 6:30 PM dinner, and a 7:00 PM Complexity of School Finance program and discussion.   All board members, superintendents, administrators, teachers and staff are invited to attend, along with any others who are interested.  If you are interested and would like to attend, please contact Sherry Wheeler at TC’s ESC.

We are excited to have Ron Koehler from the Kent ISD and the Michigan School Finance Research Collaborative facilitate dialogue with our legislators Senator Rick Outman and Representative James Lower regarding potential solutions to school funding inequities.  Funding shortfalls impact all of our school districts, especially in the way that transportation is funded and in the per-pupil foundation allowance, which is why we focused on this topic.

School financing in Michigan needs reform, and as members of MCSBA, our board is dedicated to working toward solutions that create equitable programming and funding for all students throughout Michigan.  Thank you all for your support as we do this necessary work.  Go TC!

Yours in education,
Jan Dewey, Secretary                                                                                                                                     Board of Education