• Procedures and Processes

    ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:

    • Superintendent - Bob Cassiday, 517-857-3495
    • Principal  of  Curriculum and Instruction 6-12 Tanya Newland, 517-857-3475 or 857-3445
    • Dean of Students / AD, Chris Kregel,  517-857-3475 or  857-3445
    • Elementary Principal - Tammy Kuntz,  517-857-3465

    DEPARTMENT SUPERVISORS:

    • Central Office Manager - Jenny Dysert, 517-857-3495 (ext. 500)
    • Food Service - Jeff Brenner,  517-857-3495 (ext. 510)
    • Maintenance - Branden Hand, 517-857-3493
    • Transportation - Pat Henne, 517-857-3475

    Agenda....
    All board members receive a packet of information prior to each scheduled meeting. This packet contains a draft agenda, reports, background information, and recommendations.  These documents are used for study so that the member can come to the meeting prepared to make decisions.

    Copies of the Agenda are available to citizens at each meeting.

    Citizen Participation....
    The public is welcome to attend all meetings of the School Board and to present and discuss matters or personal interests.

    The Procedure for speaking is to turn in a public communication guidelines form to the School Board Secretary.  Individuals should indicate the topic of interest prior to the "public communication" portion of each meeting. Unless an extension of time is granted, a speaker is limited to five (5) minutes. Complaints concerning school personnel or students cannot be discussed in an open public meeting unless the individual(s) involved are notified and agree (P.A. 267 of 1976). The presiding officer of the Board of Education will make all decisions related to the public communications period.

    The Board of Education meets regularly on the THIRD MONDAY of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Springport Community Room, adjacent to the Central Office, at 300 W. Main Street, Springport.

    Board Members...
    The seven members of the Springport Public Schools Board of Education are elected for six year terms. In addition, a Springport High School student is selected annually to act as a liaison between the student body and the Board. The elected members interpret and approve the educational programs and policies of the district. The responsibility of executing these policies lies with the Superintendent of Schools.

    The School Board elects is own officers for one year terms each January. When vacancies develop on the Board, the remaining members appoint a trustee who serves until the next Board of Education election.

    Members of the Board of Education receive no compensation for their duties, and serve strictly in a voluntary capacity.

    What is a Board of Education?
    The Board of Education is a policy making body, responsible to the State of Michigan and local school district citizens for the education of public school pupils. It approves programs of study and textbooks, the hiring of all teachers, administrators and other school employees.  The Board may endorse programs such as preschool courses, enrichment classes, high school completion, adult enrichment and senior citizen programs.

    As one of Jackson county's quality school districts, the School Board's direction also includes construction, and equipping and maintenance of all buildings and grounds.  The Board also secures funds for school operational needs, and approving all spending.

    SPRINGPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC PARTICIPATION BY PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE AT OPEN MEETINGS

    In order to assure meetings are run in an orderly and efficient manner, the following rules will apply.  

    1.) Persons wishing to speak before the Board will be heard at the time allotted on the agenda for "Communications from the Audience".  If representing a group, the group should be identified by the individual speaking. Such presentations should be as brief as possible. A speaker shall be allotted five (5) minutes, and a group for no more than twenty (20) minutes.

    2.) The Board will listen, make necessary inquiries, and then take the matter under advisement. It is a practice of the Board to refer matters to the Superintendent. If the matter has previously been reviewed by the Superintendent, it may then be referred to a committee of the board. A report to the person or group making the inquiry and to the Board of Education will follow as soon as it is reasonably possible. If Board action is necessary, it will usually be taken up at the next regular meeting.

    3.) As a courtesy to the Board, a sheet is provided to be filled prior to the meeting.  This paper should be presented to the Board Secretary prior to the beginning of the meeting.

    4.) During the public communication period, the Board will listen to school related topics.  For the speaker's protection, no mention of specific school employees by name will be allowed. Complaints made against school personnel are not to be expressed in an open meeting. Such complaints are to be submitted to the board in writing and considered in open or closed session according to the wishes of the person(s) involved.

    5.) Persons wishing to make a presentation which may take more than five (5) minutes are required to notify the Superintendent, in writing one (1) week prior to the board meeting.  This will allow placement on the formal agenda.

    6.) The board vests in its President, or other presiding officer, authority to terminate the remarks of any individual when they do not adhere to these rules.   This is according to the opinion of the presiding officer if they are disrupting the decorum of the Board meeting. Further, the presiding officer may announce additional conditions based on time limitations or other factors.