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December 16, 2019 Regular Board Meeting Minutes
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December 16, 2019

Zeeland West High School Cafeteria

3390 100th Avenue

6:00 PM


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

                            Administrators:  Cal De Kuiper, Lynn Van Kampen, Jon Voss

ABSENT:             Board of Education:  Ron Scott

GUESTS:             Laurie Poll


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

A.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                Cal De Kuiper

B.   RECOGNITION:        

The Board recognized New Groningen 5th Grader, Jacob Guerriero, not only for his outstanding academics, but also for his service and mission work locally and in Guatemala.


Representative Brad Slagh, Michigan House of Representatives, District 90, attended the meeting to check in with the Board of Education, explain what they have been working on recently, and see if there were any questions.                                        








A.    Minutes of the November 18, 2019 regular board meeting were approved.


B.    Approved bills paid as of November 2019.  Checks #130340-130619

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE               $1,108,806.93

PAYROLL                                   $6,246,628.50

TOTAL                                        $7,355,435.43


C.   Approved the annual Summer Tax Resolution imposing a summer property tax levy on one-half of the school property taxes for 2020 and requests each city and township in which Zeeland Public Schools is located collect those summer taxes.


D.  New Staff Approved:

Whitney Feenstra (GVSU)        New Groningen        BA-2        1.0

Charmaine Kosten (Spr Arbor)        Borculo-Sh Time        MA1.28        .13

Tom DenHerder moved and Mark Snyder supported the motion to accept the Consent Agenda as presented.


VOTE: All yes


V.             DISCUSSION

A.   Policies Vol. 34, No. 1 – First Reading  

Cal DeKuiper reveiwed briefly some of the important changes to current and new policies.  This will be moved to the January agenda for approval. 


B.   Discussion:   Potential Bond Referendum Update - Cal DeKuiper

The Board of Education held a work session December 9, with the important topics being discussed in detail (safety & security, educational space & supports, maintaining facilities).   Cal DeKuiper held two community forums, in which approximately 40 people attended, about half being Spanish Immersion families.  District parent, Jodi Heneveld, has taken the lead to help support communication to community members and district families.  The resolution for the May ballot will be presented to the board in January.  Important links:


        Future Planning:

A key conversation/question is the ability for future district leaders to respond to unpredictable changes in the growth patterns.   If the district grows less than predicted, bonds would not be sold, or fewer would be sold.   If the district continues to grow or grows faster than expected, or, as predicted, a third middle school might still be desired in about 2030, the district could hold a future bond proposal with no or little tax rate increase at that time.

VI.           ACTION:




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



The December 16, 2019 regular board meeting adjourned at 6:31 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.