Board of Education
Northview Public Schools Board of Education
The 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.
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|
|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|
|May 25, 2017||6:30 p.m.||Calvin College/Spoelhof Ctr|
NORTHVIEW BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS
Dr. Doug S. LaFleur
(member since 2006)
Dr. Timothy J. Detwiler
(member since 2005)
Mrs. Renee Montgomery
(member since 2013)
Mrs. Michelle Gallery
(member since 2015)
Mr. Jeff Lambert
(member since 2015)
Mrs. Liz Ensing
(member since July 2016)
Mrs. Linda LaBerteaux
(member since January 2017)
NHS Senior Iris Johnson
NHS Junior Gavyn Webb
Please contact the Board of Education office at (616) 365-6151 or email@example.com for further informationNorthview Board of Education Monitoring Reports
Please contact the Board of Education office at (616) 365-6151 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further informationNOVEMBER 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.
Candidate profiles will be published in the November Northview News and are posted below. These profiles were submitted by the Board Candidates.
→ Lizabeth Ensing
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
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
My 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
SPECIAL MEETINGS NOTICES
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.
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