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 livestream.com/tcapslive/board.

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.

 

PDF DocumentView the Board of Education Vacancy Timeline

Board Vacancy Information

The TCAPS Board of Education is accepting applications from candidates interested in filling an interim board position that would run December 21, 2020 to December 31, 2022. 

Eligibility:

Candidate must be a registered voter in the Traverse City Area Public Schools District.  A candidate must be at least 18 years of age; a citizen of the United States; a resident of the State of Michigan for at least 30 days; and a resident of the school district on or before the 30th day prior to the date of the appointment.  Property ownership is not a requirement for candidacy.

The Board of Education recommends candidates reference www.tcaps.net/board  and the "Interested in Becoming a Board Member?" section for a more in depth understanding of being an active board member.

Length of Appointment:

The length of this appointment will run through December 31, 2022.

Candidates are asked to submit the following:

  • A written Letter of Interest, including:
    • A short statement regarding the qualities and experience the candidate brings to the position,
    • Resume, and
    • Contact information (i.e. street address, phone number & email address).

The above items are to be submitted to:

              Sue Kelly, Board President

   c/o Stacey Hozak                                                        or,  hozakst@tcaps.net

              TCAPS

              412 Webster Street

              Traverse City, MI  49686

 

Deadline for Submission:  Monday, December 7, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. *

 

*Upon submission of a letter of interest, candidates will be given questions that require a written response by 5:00 p.m. on December 11, 2020. Candidates are therefore encouraged to submit their letter of interest as soon as possible.

Finalists will be selected by the Board of Education at their regular meeting on December 14, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. 

Finalists will be required to attend the board meeting on Monday, December 21, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. to be part of an open interviewing process.

The board will vote and a candidate will be appointed at the board meeting December 21, 2020.  Appointed board member will take the Oath of Office at that meeting.

 

Updated 11/24/2020

Interested in Becoming A Board Member?

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

To contact the full school board: schoolboard@tcaps.net

M. Sue Kelly, President
PO Box 847 / 49685
231.218.9800
Term Expires: 12/2022

Jane E. Klegman, Trustee
528 Timber Crest Drive/ 49686
231.922.2383
Term Expires: 12/2020

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

Benjamin L. McGuire, Trustee
1852 Carlisle Road / 49696
231.350.0589
Term Expires: 12/2020

Matt R. Anderson, Treasurer
9501 Rolling Ridge Dr. / 49686
231.632.3580
Term Expires: 12/2022

Erica L. Moon Mohr, Trustee
574 Old Incochee Farm Trail / 49684
231.499.5558
Term Expires: 12/2022

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

 

PDF DocumentBoard Members & Committees List 

PDF DocumentBoard Standards of Practice Agreement
 

 

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  • 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: schoolboard@tcaps.net

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 hozakst@tcaps.net.

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.

TCAPS Statement on School Safety, Diversity and Inclusion

(as read at the Board of Education meeting on June 8, 2020)

On behalf of Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), we would like to publicly reaffirm our commitment as a Board and school district to ensuring the safety and inclusion of EACH student and to valuing diversity within our institution. Under the Blueprint, the district’s strategic plan, one of TCAPS’ core values is to provide a learning environment that is grounded in a safe, orderly, and respectful environment for students. Furthermore, the Board’s Anti-Harassment Policy 5517.01 supports providing safe learning environments for all students by prohibiting harassment due to an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion or disability.

We know that children who attend public school have broader educational experiences, because on top of the opportunity to master academic concepts and skills, students also have a chance to meet and interact with people who are not like them and who come from different and diverse backgrounds. As an institution, we are committed to continuing to work tirelessly to provide safety and security for EACH of our students, as well as for our staff and families. We are also committed to creating welcoming school environments, to celebrating all that makes us unique and special as individuals, and to protecting each child’s right to a free and fair public education.