Board of Education

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.

Board Members

Jennifer Arnold
Trustee, Term Expires: 2024
Chad Bice
Trustee, Term Expires: 2026
Brian Campbell
Treasurer, Term Expires 2028
Jill Fennessy
President, Term Expires: 2026
Jessica Helfmann
Trustee, Term Expires: 2024
Janet Powell
Vice President, Term Expires 2024
MaDonna Princer
Secretary, Term Expires: 2024
Vacant Seat
Trustee, Term Expires 2024

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.

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.

Board Briefs

Winter Issue by Jill Fennessy, Board President

Dear Tri County Community,

Welcome to December! As the year 2023 comes to an end, it is with great appreciation that I am able to reflect back on all that we have been able to accomplish this school year. A large part of that is from the students, staff, and support of our amazing TC community. The opening of Tri County Elementary and the completion of the high school cafetorium are significant milestones that undoubtedly enhance the learning environment for students and strengthen community ties.

As December 2023 draws to a close, we find ourselves bidding farewell to our school superintendent, Mr. Allen Cumings. We are deeply appreciative of the 25+ years he has dedicated to Tri County Area Schools, and the 12+ years he has served as our Superintendent. Throughout his tenure, Al has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to educational excellence. He has actively engaged with parents, students, staff and the board, fostering a sense of unity and shared responsibility for the success of TC. He will be missed!

In January, after a months-long search facilitated by the Michigan Association of School Boards, we invite you to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Ryan Biller as our new Superintendent. As a board, we are embracing the change and anticipating the positive impact that Mr. Biller’s leadership will bring. As we transition from one era to the next, we will remain committed to providing an exceptional education, positive culture, and welcoming environment where all staff and students can thrive.

Wishing you all a holiday season filled with love, hope, and joy! And as always, please dine and shop local to support our great area businesses!

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
We are blessed! We are TC!


Jill Fennessy, President
Board of Education Tri County Area Schools




Board Meetings

BOE Regular Meetings

TC Educational Service Center
7:00 PM
Meetings are are held in-person on the 2nd Monday of each month.  Meetings are held in the board room at the Educational Service Center, located at 94 Cherry Street, Sand Lake, MI



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