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.

Chad Bice
Trustee, Term Expires: 2026
Brian Campbell
Treasurer, Term Expires: 2022
Jill Fennessy
President, Term Expires: 2026
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
7:00 PM
Meetings are currently being held virtually due the passing of SB 1108.  Virtual meeting information and instructions can be found on our homepage.

BOE Workshop

TC Educational Service Center
Board Room, 6:30 PM

2020 Meeting Dates

September 14
September 28*
October 12
October 26*
November 9
November 23*
December 14

*workshop

 

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.

Board Brief Logo

March Issue by Jennifer Gould, Board Trustee

 

Dear Lifelong Learners,

Consider what it takes to be a lifelong learner.  What does it take to ensure that you are one? In the simplest terms it means you continue to learn new knowledge throughout your life time. We all do this, from learning new recipes for dinner to pursuing further schooling in your job field.

I’m passionate about encouraging everyone to become a lifelong learner in both their personal and professional life. I hold myself to this expectation and seek learning opportunities. 

As a board member the learning is never over, it’s an evolution, and lifelong learning is required. I begin by listening to experienced board members to absorb their depth of knowledge. They are the local experts. I attend Michigan Association School Boards (MASB) classes. These classes are taught by MASB staff or other experts in their field.

Recently, I attended a virtual Certified Board Member Awards (CBA) course weekend. These classes exposed me to board knowledge that has improved my board service and helped to expand my existing knowledge. I was able to learn about parliamentary procedures which dictate how school board meetings are run, presented information on how to improve the board relationship with the superintendent, and how to become an advocate for public education and ideas for creating new board operating procedures. These classes were three-hour long courses done virtually through Zoom and was my first time attending virtually. I did struggle with this format because one of the best parts of attending these classes is meeting fellow board members and hearing their first-hand stories.

I also intend to challenge myself with my own professional learning as a nurse. My passion for education and passing knowledge to the next generation inspired me to apply to college to earn my masters in nursing education. I hope to begin classes this fall and fulfill some more of my own goals on this journey of being a lifelong learner.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Gould, Trustee
Board of Education
Tri County Area Schools