Board of Education

Northview Public Schools Board of Education

nhsgrad2016#7The people of Northview benefit every day from the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by our Board of Education.  These public servants are elected to serve by our community and receive little recognition for the difficult job that they do. They are dedicated individuals who are committed to the continuing success of our schools and students.  We proudly salute these education advocates as they provide vision and leadership for student achievement, academic programs, district funding and school facilities. Their service ensures that decisions about Northview are made by those most familiar with the needs of our community’s children and families.  They preserve the core of our democracy—public education.  The work of the Northview Board of Education is guided by the use of the Policy Governance® process.

AGENDA & MINUTES

MEETINGS

Schedule for Northview Board of Education REGULAR MEETINGS

January 9, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
February 13, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
March 13, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
April 10, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
May 8, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
June 12, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
August 14, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
September 11, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
October 9, 2017
7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
November 13, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
December 11, 2017 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
January 8, 2018 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE

 

Schedule for Northview Board of Education WORK SESSIONS

January 23, 2017 5:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
February 27, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
March 27, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
April 24, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
June 26, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
August 28, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
September 25, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
October 23, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
November 27, 2017 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
January 22, 2018 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE

 

SPECIAL MEETINGS

March 14, 2016 6:30 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
 May 20, 2016  7:30 a.m.  4365 Hunsberger NE
 June 6, 2016 7 p.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
 June 20, 2016  7:30 a.m.  4365 Hunsberger NE
 July 13, 2016  6 p.m.  4365 Hunsberger NE
 July 28, 2016 8 a.m. 4365 Hunsberger NE
 August 31, 2016  7:30 a.m.  4365 Hunsberger NE

BOARD MEMBERS

NORTHVIEW BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

 

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Dr. Doug S. LaFleur  
President
 (member since 2006)  

 

Dr. Timothy J. Detwiler
Vice President
(member since 2005)

 

 

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Mrs. Renee Montgomery
Secretary
(member since 2013)

 

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Mrs. Michelle Gallery
Trustee
(member since 2015)

 

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Mr. Jeff Lambert
Trustee
(member since 2015)

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Mrs. Liz Ensing
(member since July 2016)

 

Mrs. Linda LaBerteaux
(member since January 2017)

 

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES:

NHS Senior Iris Johnson
NHS Junior Gavyn Webb

 

 Please contact the Board of Education office at (616) 365-6151 or boardofeducation@nvps.net for further information

MONITORING REPORTS

Northview Board of Education Monitoring Reports

3.0  Governance June 2010

3.0  Global Superintendent Constraints June 2011 

3.0  Global Superintendent Constraints June 2012 

3.0  Global Superintendent Constraints June 2013

3.0  Global Superintendent Constraints June 2014

3.1  Treatment of People May 2010

3.1  Treatment of People December 2010

3.1  Treatment of People May 2011 

3.1  Treatment of People December 2011 

3.1  Treatment of People May 2012 

3.1  Treatment of People December 2012

3.1  Treatment of People May 2013

3.1 Treatment of People December 2013

3.1 Treatment of People May 2014

3.1  Treatment of People December 2014

3.1  Treatment of People March 2015

3.1 Treatment of People February 2016

3.2  Financial Management May 2010

3.2  Financial Management December 2010

3.2  Financial Management May 2011 

3.2  Financial Management December 2011

3.2 Financial Management June 2012

3.2 Financial Management December 2012

3.2 Financial Management May 2013

3.2 Financial Management December 2013

3.2 Financial Management May 2014

3.2 Financial Management December 2014

3.2 Financial Management December 2015

3.2 Financial Management December 2016

3.3  Internal and External Communication May 2010

3.3  Internal and External Communication May 2011

3.3  Internal and External Communication May 2012

3.3  Internal and External Communication May 2013

3.3 Internal and External Communication May 2014

3.4  Compensation and Benefits May 2010

3.4  Compensation and Benefits May 2011

3.4  Compensation and Benefits May 2012

3.4  Compensation and Benefits May 2013

3.4  Compensation and Benefits May 2014

3.4  Compensation and Benefits December 2016

3.5  Curriculum and Instruction March 2010

3.5 Curriculum and Instruction March 2011

3.5 Curriculum and Instruction March 2012

3,5 Curriculum and Instruction March 2013

3.5 Curriculum and Instruction March 2014

3.5  Curriculum and Instruction March 2015

3.6  Emergency Superintendent Succession May 2010

3.6  Emergency Superintendent Succession May 2011

3.6  Emergency Superintendent Succession May 2012

3.6  Emergency Superintendent Succession May 2013

3.6  Emergency Superintendent Succession May 2014

3.6  Emergency Superintendent Succession October 2016

3.7  Treatment of Students, their Families, and Community Members May 2011

3.7  Treatment of Students, their Families, and Community Members April 2012

3.7  Treatment of Students, their Families, and Community Members April 2013

3.7  Treatment of Students, their Families, and Community Members April 2014

3.7  Treatment of Students, their Families, and Community Members March 2015

3.7  Treatment of Students, their Families, and Community Member April 2016

4.0  Ends May 2010

4.0  Ends June 2011

4.0  Ends June 2012

4.0  Ends June 2013

4.0  Ends June 2014

4.1  Literate Students October 2011

4.1  Literate Students October 2012

4.1  Literate Students October 2013

4.1  Literate Students November 2014

4.1 Literate Students October 2015

4.1 Literate Students October 2016

4.2  Creative Students May 2011

4.2  Creative Students April 2012

4.2  Creative Students April 2013

4.2  Creative Students April 2014

4.2  Creative Students March 2015

4.2  Creative Students April 2016

4.3  Problem Solver March 2011

4.3  Problem Solver March 2012

4.3  Problem Solver March 2013

4.3  Problem Solver March 2014

4.3  Problem Solver March 2015

4.4  Continued Learning January 2011

4.4  Continued Learning February 2012

4.4.2  Continued Learning September 2012

4.4  Continued Learning February 2013

4.4  Continued Learning February 2014

4.4  Continued Learning February 2015

4.4  Continued Learning February 2016

4.5  Career Success February 2011

4.5  Career Success February 2012

4.5  Career Success February 2013

4.5  Career Success February 2014

4.5  Career Success February 2015

4.5  Career Success February 2016

4.6  Productive Members of Society January 2011

4.6  Productive Members of Society February 2012

4.6  Productive Members of Society February 2013

4.6  Productive Members of Society February 2014

4.6  Productive Members of Society February 2015

4.6  Productive Members of Society February 2016

Please contact the Board of Education office at (616) 365-6151 or lwieringa@nvps.net for further information

BOARD NEWS

NOVEMBER 8, 2016 ELECTION RESULTS:

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the November 8 election:  Lizabeth Ensing and Linda LaBerteaux.  Northview thanks these two candidates, along with Tahleah Olmetti, for their dedication to Northview Public Schools and their desire to make a positive difference in the work of the Board.

 

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! (SEPTEMBER 2016)

These Northview residents are seeking election to the Board of Education on Tuesday, November 8.  Winners of the two available seats will serve a six-year term ending December 31, 2022.

Lizabeth Ensing
Linda LaBerteaux
Tahleah Olmetti

Candidate profiles will be published in the November Northview News and are posted below.  These profiles were submitted by the Board Candidates.

 

→ Lizabeth Ensing

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My name is Lizabeth Ensing and I am running for the Northview Board of Education.  I have served as an interim for the Board since July and would love the have the opportunity to continue serving for the next six years.   I have lived in Northview for the past 17 years with my husband Brian and our son Nicholas who is a sophomore this year.  I am a Transition Coordinator with Special Needs students in the Forest Hills Schools and have been an educator for the past 34 years.  I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology/Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  Northview is a very special community in which I am proud of and have served on the Northview Education Foundation for the past 5 years.  We have such great schools, dedicated teachers and a wonderful administration who actively take part in the education of our students. My Motivation for running for the Board of Education is to continue to provide strong leadership and representation for our youth and our families.  I am passionate about Public Schools and want to keep them an amazing place to learn.

 

 

→ Linda LaBerteaux

laberteauxlinda9-16Linda LaBerteaux has been focused on the art of education her entire life. Her passion for children and education has led her to enthusiastically seek a seat on the Northview Board of Education.

Linda and her husband Paul moved to Grand Rapids in 1985 and specifically chose Northview for its reputation and settled in.  Their two girls attended Northview while Linda worked in the Forest Hills district, first as a middle school teacher and later as an administrator.  She retired in 2011 after a twenty-five year career. Now her grandchildren are starting school in Northview. Linda would like to continue to contribute to the success of NVPS as a highly reputable and sought after school district.

Linda’s interest in teaching and learning started earlier than most.  For K-12, she attended a laboratory school run by Ball State University in Indiana. There she realized the importance of learning- critical thinking skills, problem solving and discovery learning. Linda graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Education and completed her Master’s degree at Western Michigan University in Educational Administration.

Beginning at the 7th/8th grade level as a teacher and coach, Linda progressed to assistant principal and later principal at both the middle and high school levels.  During her 25+year career she lead curriculum committees, conducted workshops and was intensely involved in the renovation/construction of two schools.  Additionally, she devoted time to mentoring new teachers, as well as administrators.

As a Northview parent/resident, Linda participated on a Superintendent search committee, a HS parent awareness group, and senior all night party committees. For the past 3 years she has been a Northview Mentor.

Linda’s passion, knowledge and experience, combined with her desire to serve make her an excellent candidate for the Northview Board of Education.

 

→ Tahleah Olmetti

olmettitahleah-9-16My name is Tahleah Olmetti, I was born in Colorado and lived in Nevada for over 20 years. My husband brought us here, to his hometown, three years ago to be part of a great community and teach our children good family values.

I worked in the casinos as a dealer and supervisor prior to moving to the Northview area. I was the treasurer of the PTO at my children’s school,  was in school full time for an Accounting degree and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Our school district in Nevada was approximately 3/4 of the entire state, it was enormous. You can imagine how difficult things could get with those numbers.

I have four children (Ages 6-20) and one grandchild. My husband and I both work(ed) for the city of Grand Rapids since moving here. Our children do a variety of activities and change their minds each year on what their favorite is.

I am looking forward to being part of a community that works, lives, plays, and learns together! I’ve learned through experience how to help create better situations and work through any issues that arise. I’m easy to talk to and have only the best intentions for our children.

 

 

NOTICE OF VACANCY (July 6, 2016)

The Northview Public Schools is seeking applications for the current vacant position on the Board of Education.  An individual is eligible if the individual is a citizen of the United States and is a qualified and registered elector of Northview Public Schools.  An individual will be appointed to fill the vacant position through December 31, 2016 and will be replaced by the individual elected to the position (based upon the November 8, 2016 election results) on January 1, 2017.

Interested persons must submit a letter expressing interest in the board position and their qualifications for the position to the district office at 4365 Hunsberger Ave., NE no later than 3:30 pm on Monday, July 11, 2016.  Following a review of the submitted materials, the Board will interview selected candidates on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

If you have any questions concerning the role of the Board of Education and the responsibilities of a board member, please contact Scott Korpak, Superintendent of Schools, at 616-365-6151 or skorpak@nvps.net.

 

 

 

NOTICE:  Two Positions Open for Northview Board of Education

These positions are currently held by John Belaski and Jim Manikowski.  These seats will be filled at the annual school election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  The two seats will serve a six-year term ending December 31, 2022.  Residents interested in running for office must file an affidavit of identity and a nominating petition or $100 filing fee by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.  An individual is eligible for election as a school board member if the individual is a citizen of the United States and is a qualified and registered elector of Northview Public Schools by the filing deadline.  Petition and affidavit forms will be available at the Kent County Clerk’s Office (300 Monroe NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503).  These forms must be filed at the Kent County Clerk’s Office.  If you have any questions, please call 364-8466.

Please contact the Board of Education office at (616) 365-6151 or boardofeducation@nvps.net for further information 

SPECIAL MEETINGS NOTICES

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING August 31, 2016

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING July 28, 2016

NOTICE:  Special Board Meeting 7.13.16

NOTICE:  Special Board Meeting 6.20.16 (PDF)

NOTICE:  Special Board Meeting 3.14.16 (PDF)

NOTICE:  Special Board Meeting 5.20.16 (PDF)

NOTICE:  Special Board Meeting 6.6.16 (PDF)

BOARD POLICIES

Board Policies

1.0  Global Policy – Governance

   1.1  Board Job Description

   1.2  Governing Philosophies

   1.3  Purpose of Board Meeting Agendas

   1.4  Board Meeting Agendas Determination of Content

   1.5  Board Committee Philosophies

   1.6  Board Chair Job Description

   1.7  Board Member Code of Conduct

 

2.0  Global Policy – Board-Superintendent Relationship

   2.1  Authority and Accountability

   2.2  Board Delegation to Superintendent

   2.3  Superintendent Job Description and Accountability

   2.4  Monitoring Superintendent Performance

 

3.0  Global Policy – Superintendent Constraints

   3.1  Treatment of People

   3.2  Financial Management

   3.3  Internal and External Communications

   3.4  Compensation and Benefits

   3.5  Curriculum and Instruction

   3.6  Emergency Superintendent Succession

   3.7  Treatment of Students, Their Families and Community Members

 

4.0  Global Policy – Ends

   4.1  Literate Students

   4.2  Creative Students

   4.3  Problem Solver

   4.4  Continued Learning

   4.5  Career Success

   4.6 Productive Member of Society

 

BOARD LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM

(adopted May 14, 2012)

 

The Board will actively seek to influence legislation to promote policies that adequately fund schools, to promote school improvement, and to preserve local governance.

1. Funding Schools for Student Achievement – The higher education level a student attains improves virtually every indicator of social and economic well-being, and is especially critical in response to growing international competition. Northview Public Schools believes educational opportunity should be a function of the taxable wealth of the state, not the taxing ability of a local district. Differences in educational expenditures should be based on the educational needs of each district’s students. The state’s funding formula should be adequate to provide a suitable level of funding for all students and districts to achieve expected outcomes, and adjusted annually.

 

2.
a.  Northview Public Schools supports the state using its major revenue sources to achieve a balanced and equitable mix of revenues that are suitable to support public services, including funding for quality P-12 education. Taxes should be broadly based to ensure all Michigan citizens share fairly in the cost of public services.

b.  Northview Public Schools opposes legislation that would modify “total program” funding of P-12 public education through various mechanisms that are essentially “carrot and stick” approaches. It is also important that the state stop requiring schools to add new programs through unfunded mandates. This would not exclude providing fair and equitable funding for all schools while using, among other factors, performance-based evaluations.

c.  Northview Public Schools supports increased reimbursement levels for categorical programs including, but not limited to, special education, transportation, and vocational education. Northview Public Schools supports the funding of a technology categorical program to support districts’ technology needs resulting from increased data requirements by the state and increased instructional technology needs for academic achievement.

d.  Northview Public Schools opposes any state or federal legislation that diverts public funds for nonpublic and private for-profit schools through a tax credit,voucher system or any other such plan that is not within the control and discretion of local boards of education.

e.  Northview Public Schools opposes any state or federal mandate that does not include adequate funding for local school districts to effectively implement new requirements. Northview Public Schools supports deregulation or relaxing non-essential state reporting and other administrative requirements that would free up more time and resources at the school and local district level.

f.  Northview Public Schools supports legislation that would financially assist districts when students are placed in group homes, foster homes, or detention facilities within their boundaries.

g.  Northview Public Schools supports legislation that increases the pool of funds available for reimbursement to districts with students with several special needs or other high levels of excess costs.

h.  Based on the extensive research indicating the importance of early childhood programs, Northview Public Schools supports using adequate funding from the School Aid Fund for these types of programs and appropriately funded full-day kindergarten programs.

i.  Northview Public Schools believes that its board, staff, and constituents should be actively involved in programs that proactively support our educational programs. This can be done through active involvement in groups like the Grassroots Organization of Kent County and the Friends of Kent County Schools.

j. Northview Public Schools supports additional appropriations to address the disparity among school districts in the ability to pay for operational expenses and capital facilities as it relates to health, safety, and growth issues so all Michigan children have access to adequate facilities.

 

3. Improving schools – Northview Public Schools affirms the need for every school to demonstrate continuous improvement and be accountable in meaningful and useful ways to its owners and stakeholders.

a.  Northview Public Schools supports legislation that improves the equity in how student assessments are used as required by Michigan Accountability Measures and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

b.  Northview Public Schools supports legislation that ensures all educational organizations receiving public funds to educate students, whether public, private, or parochial, meet the requirements of state accountability, accreditation, and assessment standards.

c.  Northview Public Schools supports legislation that provides state funding for increased teacher quality and staff development.

d.  Northview Public Schools supports efforts to increase the appropriate use and availability of educational technology in public schools including funding for equipment, software, hardware, technical support, and telecommunications.

e.  Northview Public Schools opposes the establishment or funding of schools and programs that are not required to serve all students or meet the requirements of ESEA. All publicly supported schools must be accountable to local communities and the school stakeholders through their locally elected school boards.

f.  Northview Public Schools believes fundamental changes must be made in the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and its implementation in Michigan. We believe school districts should be allowed sufficient time for state-mandated improvement plans to take hold before applying sanctions. Sanctions should not be applied if they undermine existing effective reform efforts. Sanctions that do not have a consistent record of success should be replaced with interventions that enable schools to make changes that result in improved student achievement.

g.  Northview Public Schools opposes legislation to establish mandatory statewide uniform high school graduation requirements. However, we do support legislation that sets statewide high school graduation standards clearly articulating what students will know, understand, and be able to do as long as local school districts determine how such standards should be achieved and reported.

h.  Northview Public Schools supports legislation and/or executive orders that encourage family-school partnerships and foster parent involvement to increase student achievement.

i.  Northview Public Schools believes that public schools choice programs can offer enhanced opportunities for students to excel. However, such programs must be subject to local control and must demonstrate success if they are to be continued.

 

4. Governing schools – Northview Public Schools believes a district’s programs and curriculum should be determined by the local board of education, not be state statute, as long as the district meets state accreditation requirements. Northview Public Schools supports providing locally elected school boards with authority to take action in the best interest of the district, unless such action is prohibited by law. We believe the local school board is accountable to district stakeholders through the electoral process and must be the final authority for local management decisions regarding student achievement, educational programs, accountability expenditures and personnel. We accomplish this through our Policy Governance Model which includes our ends and limitations policies. We further believe that local boards of education must retain sufficient flexibility to approve, continue, or discontinue charter schools and local choice options.

a.  Northview Public Schools supports legislation that reinforces the responsibility and accountability of the locally elected school board. We believe local boards of education are responsible for the organization of the learning environment, the implementation of curriculum, the configuration of school facilities, staffing and necessary programs which create a safe, secure, and academically rich opportunity for all of its students. We accomplish this through our Policy Governance Model.

b.  Northview Public Schools believes school board representatives should be included in any state-initiated planning, advisory, or decision-making process that affects public education.

Adopted May 14, 2012

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