TCAPS Board of Education

Viewing Board Meetings

Viewers can watch TCAPS Board of Education meetings, Finance & Operations committee meetings, and Curriculum committee meetings live on TV190 or via livestream during the meeting or on demand at any time at

About the Board of Education

The TCAPS Board of Education is made up of seven members elected to four-year terms. The Board of Education meets twice per month and holds quarterly retreats. School board members also serve on Board of Education committees, attend local and regional meetings and host community dialogues.

Interested in Becoming A Board Member?

Interested in Becoming A Board Member?

PDF DocumentView the Regular School Board Election Schedule

The Role of a Board Member

Becoming a board member is a big responsibility that provides an important service to the community and its youth. As a board member, you will be asked to provide input and direction on a wide variety of issues including the district's educational programs, financial priorities and overall policymaking. Another key component of serving on a school board is community relations. School boards help build community understanding of and support for public education. 

The Board of Education is responsible for:

  • Envisioning the school district's educational direction and to set goals/strategies that will guide the district toward that vision.
  • Hiring a superintendent to implement the board's policies and effectively manage the district to accomplish its goals.
  • Monitoring/assessing the district's performance and to engage/inform the community.
  • Advocating for students and public schools within the community, state and nation.

Board Member Training

With such great responsibilities, it's important for board members to recognize that there will be a lot to learn as they begin their new position, not only about the school district itself, but also about their role on the board. To assist individual board members navigate their new role and to help the school board function effectively as a whole, all board members are required to:

  • Participate in TCAPS' school board orientation process under the guidance of experienced board members and the superintendent.
  • Attend a workshop for new board members conducted by state and area school board associations (MASB). 
  • Review External LinkTCAPS' board policies.

Board Member Resources

Nov. 2020 Regular School Election Information

TCAPS Board of Education will have three, four-year terms open for the November 3, 2020 election. The four-year terms will run from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2024. Prospective candidates may pick up their candidate information packets at the Grand Traverse County Clerk’s Office, 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, MI 231.922.4760.

Dates to Remember:

  • Nomination of Board Candidate(s)
    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 – 4:00 PM

    Affidavit of Identity & Petition or $100 Filing Fee with County Clerk’s Office
  • Withdrawal of Board Candidate(s)
    Friday, July 24, 2020 – 4:00 PM

    In writing with County Clerk’s Office
  • Absentee Ballots
    Saturday, September 19, 2020

    Must be available to voters no later than this date
  • Registration Notice Publication
    Once, on or before Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Last Day of Registration to Vote
    Monday, October 19, 2020

    Other than in person with the local clerk
  • Write-in Candidates Must File Declaration of Intent
    On or before Friday, October 23, 2020 - 4:00 PM
  • Election Notice Publication
    Once, on or before Tuesday, October 27, 2020

  • Election Day
    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

PDF DocumentDownload Regular School Election Dates

2020 Board Members

To contact the full school board:

M. Sue Kelly, President
PO Box 847 / 49685
Term Expires: 12/2022

Jane E. Klegman, Trustee
528 Timber Crest Drive/ 49686
Term Expires: 12/2020

Jeffrey A. Leonhardt, Vice President
Term Expires: 12/2020

Benjamin L. McGuire, Trustee
1852 Carlisle Road / 49696
Term Expires: 12/2020

Matt R. Anderson, Treasurer
9501 Rolling Ridge Dr. / 49686
Term Expires: 12/2022

Erica L. Moon Mohr, Trustee
574 Old Incochee Farm Trail / 49684
Term Expires: 12/2022

Pamela G. Forton, Secretary
Term Expires: 12/2022


PDF DocumentBoard Members & Committees List 

PDF DocumentBoard Standards of Practice Agreement
PDF DocumentBoard Standards of Practice Agreement (ADA compliant)



2020 Board Committees & Members


  • Agenda Review Committee
    Members: President, Vice President, 1 rotating board member and Superintendent
  • Communications Committee
    Members:  J. Klegman (Chair), M. Anderson, E. Moon Mohr, (Alternate: J. Leonhardt)
  • Curriculum Committee
    Members:  P. Forton (Chair), B. McGuire, E. Moon Mohr, (Alternate: J. Klegman)
  • Finance/Operations Committee
    Members:  M. Anderson (Chair), P. Forton, J. Leonhardt, (Alternate: S. Kelly)
  • HR/Policy Committee
    Members:  J. Leonhardt (Chair), J. Klegman, B. McGuire, (Alternate: S. Kelly)
  • TC – TCAPS Collective Resource Committee
    Members: TBD
  • Round Table
    Member: Rotating Board Member
  • Reinstatement Committee
    Members: S. Kelly, P. Forton (Alternate: J. Leonhardt)
  • Nutrition and Wellness Committee
    Member: J. Klegman
  • District Network
    Members: S. Kelly (Alternate: J. Leonhardt)
  • PDF DocumentBoard of Education Members & Committees

To contact the full school board:

Board & Committee Meeting Schedules

Board & Committee Agendas, Minutes, Documents

Click on the links below to view agendas and minutes from the following board committees:

For More Information

Board agendas and minutes will be posted on the TCAPS website for the most recent 12 month period. For agendas or minutes dated beyond 12 months or for more information or questions, please contact Recording Secretary to the Board Stacey Hozak at 231.933.1725 or

Watch Board Meetings Live & On Demand

Board Policies & Guidelines

Public Hearing Notices

Social Host Responsibility Month

April is Social Host Responsibility Month

At its March 9, 2020, Board of Education meeting, board members signed a proclamation stating April 2020 is Social Host Responsibility Month and calls upon all parents, citizens, homeowners and property owners to host gatherings responsibly and to take measures to eliminate access to alcohol to persons under the age of 21. PDF DocumentRead the full proclamation.