December 10, 2018

Zeeland West High School Cafeteria

3390 100th Avenue

6:00 PM


 PRESENT:           Board of Education:  Todd Brennan, Linda Bush, April DeWitt, Rick Dernberger, Tom DenHerder, Mark Snyder, Ron Scott

                            Administrators:  Cal De Kuiper, Lynn VanKampen

ABSENT:             Board of Education:  

GUESTS:             Sarah Huizenga


I.                CALL TO ORDER:   6:00PM                                                                          Rick Dernberger

A.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                                              Cal De Kuiper

B.   RECOGNITION:        

The board honored Jules Hoogland, Cityside 8th grader, for her dedication to education and academic excellence.  Introductions was handled by Cityside Principal, Sarah Huizenga.    Jules is sight impaired, and played zLinks basketball and participated in middle school track and field. She is also a talented singer.   Many of her former teachers attended as well to take part in this celebration.                                        

C.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS*:                                           








A.    Minutes of the November 12, 2018 regular board meeting and closed session were approved.


B.    Approved bills paid as of November 2018.  Checks #126602-127089

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE               $1,183,595.82

PAYROLL                                   $5,105,263.70

TOTAL                                        $6,288,859.52


        C.  Approved ZQuest 5th-6th grade field trip to Mackinac Island in May 2019.

D.  Approved the updated Support Staff Handbook through principal, director, and BOE committee process.

E.        Approved the annual Summer Tax Resolution imposing a summer property tax levy on one-half of the school property taxes for 2019 and requests each city and township in which Zeeland Public Schools is located collect those summer taxes.


Tom DenHerder moved and Ron Scott supported the motion to accept the Consent Agenda as presented.


VOTE: All yes


V.             DISCUSSION

A.   Policies Vol. 33, No. 1 – First Reading   

Cal De Kuiper reviewed the latest policy update, highlighting the two policies specific to the Board of Education, as well as the newly added Athletic Code of Conduct policy number 2431.3.


B.   Zeeland West High School GeoThermal - Lynn VanKampen and Cal DeKuiper updated the board with the latest on the recommendation.  After many meetings with GMB, Midwest GeoThermal, and conversations with other experts in the field, the conclusion is the field is too small to serve the square footage and demand.  The experts recommend adding 100 or 110 bores to be a long term fix.  GeoThermal bids went out Friday, November 9, under the direction of GMB Architecture and were due November 27, 2018.  They were reviewed in Finance on December 4, with GMB guidance from Ron Snoeyink.

  1. Bid Tab
  2. GMB Recommendation

2015 Bond funds are available and appropriate for this purpose and will not impact  successful completion of the Zeeland West High School addition.

Work Category


Base Bid

PLM Bond

Alt No. 1


Mechanical Contractor

DHE Plumbing & Heating





Geothermal Contractor

Midwest Geothermal





BMS/ATC Contractor






* Base bid for Midwest Geothermal is $857,530.00.  Price noted above includes voluntary alternate items:  ($7,210.00) deduct to eliminate circuit balancing valves in vault and $26,160.00 add for bypass/isolation vault.

C.  Growth - Lynn VanKampen reviewed enrollment projections as they related to the capacity of ZPS buildings.  

  1. Building Capacity
  2. Stanfred Enrollment Projections 
  3. ZPS Enrollment Projections

VI.           ACTION:

         A.   Geothermal Bid Approval

Tom DenHerder moved and Mark Snyder supported the motion to approve the bids for the addition of Geothermal systems at Zeeland West High School, as discussed, at $1,139,710 in total.


ROLL CALL:        YEA:  Brennan, Bush, DeWitt, Dernberger, DenHerder, Scott, Snyder




January is an Organizational and a Regular meeting, as well as Board Appreciation month.  



The December 10, 2018 regular board meeting adjourned at 6:48 P.M.

*This meeting is a meeting of the Board of Education in public for the purpose of conducting the School District's business and is not to be considered a public community meeting. There is a time for public participation during the meeting as indicated in agenda item I-C Acknowledgement of Visitors.