TCAPS 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?

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.

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 encouraged 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

Board Member Vacancy Timeline & Information

Board of Education Vacancy 

Appointment of Board Member

January 1, 2017 - June 25, 2018 Timeline

  • June 25, 2018 - Jan Geht Resigned Effective Immediately
  • June 26, 2018 - Board President Falconer sends letter to Staff and Community
  • June 26, 2018 - Press Release Issued Re: Resignation & Notice of Vacancy
  • July 5, 2018 - 5:00 PM Deadline for Submission of Letters of Interest and Resumes *
  • July 6, 2018 - 5:00 PM Deadline for Submission of Answers to Board Questions
  • July 6, 2018 - Packets for all Candidates are emailed to Board HR/Policy Committee
  • July 11, 2018 - Board HR/Policy Committee:
    • Reviews All Candidates – narrowing field to finalists
    • Makes recommendation for interview by full board
  • July 12, 2018 Packets for Finalists are emailed to Full Board
  • July 23, 2018 Board of Education Meeting:
    • Interviews of Finalists
    • Appointment of Board Member

* Upon submission of a letter of interest, candidates will be given questions that require a written response by 5:00 PM on July 6, 2018. Candidates are therefore encouraged to submit their letter of interest as soon as possible.

PDF DocumentDownload Appointment of Board Member Timeline

Board Vacancy Information


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 to view TCAPS Board Policies and Bylaws for a more in depth understanding of being an active board member.

Length of Appointment

The length of this appointment will run until the next election (November 2018), when the public will elect a board member. At that time, the newly elected board member will take office within 10 days after the candidate receives notice that they were elected to office vi
 the Canvassers Report. The term for that candidate will run through December 31, 2020.
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:
Doris Ellery, Board Secretary
c/o Stacey Hozak or,
412 Webster Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
Deadline for Submission: Thursday, July 5, 2018 by 5:00 PM *
*Upon submission of a letter of interest, candidates will be given questions that require a written response by 5:00 PM on July 6, 2018. Candidates are therefore encouraged to submit their letter of interest as soon as possible.

Important Dates

Finalists will be selected by the Board HR/Policy Committee at their special meeting on July 11, 20148 at 4:00 PM.
Finalists will be required to attend the board meeting on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM. to be part of an open interviewing process.
The board will vote and a temporary board member will be appointed at the board meeting on July 23, 2018. Appointed board member will take the Oath of Office at that meeting.

Nov. 2018 Regular School Election Information

TCAPS Board of Education will have four, four-year terms open for the November 6, 2018 election. The four-year terms will run from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022. 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 24, 2018

    (Affidavit of Identity & Petition or $100 Filing Fee - with County Clerk's Office)
  • Withdrawal of Board Candidate(s)
    Friday, July 27, 2018 - 4:00 PM

    (In writing with County Clerk's Office)
  • Absentee Ballots
    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Must be available to voters no later than this date
  • Registration Notice Publication
    Once, on or before Tuesday, October 2, 2018

  • Last Day of Registration to Vote
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018

  • Write-in Candidates Must File Declaration of Intent
    On or before Friday, October 26 2018 - 4:00 PM

  • Election Notice Publication
    Once, on or before Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • Election Day
    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PDF DocumentDownload Regular School Election Dates

2018 Board Members


Erik J. Falconer, President
9612 Walkabout Lane / 49684
Term Expires: 12/2018

Kelly J. Clark, Trustee
9421 Center Road / 49686
Term Expires: 12/2018

Sue Kelly, Vice President
PO Box 847 / 49685
Term Expires: 12/2018

Matthew R. Anderson, Trustee
9501 Rolling Ridge Dr. / 49686
Term Expires: 11/2018

Scott C. Hardy, Treasurer
521 Washington Street / 49686
Term Expires: 12/2018
Jane Klegman, Trustee
528 Timber Crest Drive/ 49686
Term Expires: 12/2020

Doris E. Ellery, Secretary
3477 Silver Farms Lane / 49684
Term Expires: 12/2020


PDF DocumentBoard Members & Committees List

PDF DocumentBoard Standards of Practice Agreement



2018 Board Committees & Members



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

Board Policies & Guidelines