June 19, 2017

Zeeland West High School Cafeteria

3390 100th Avenue

Immediately following the Truth-in-Budget Hearing


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

                            Administrators: Cal De Kuiper, Lynn VanKampen, Jon Voss

ABSENT:             Board of Education:  Linda Bush

GUESTS:             Greg Eding


A.      RECOGNITION:                                                Greg Eding, Principal ZW

The board recognized and honored the Advanced Woodworking class for success as a Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society Award winner.  Students from this class instructed by Bill Meeuwsen are: Matt Mulder (ZW-12th),  Zach Barr (ZW-12th), Elijah Stuive (ZE-10th), Caleb Busscher (ZE - 12th), Clayton Kuipers (ZW - 11th), Nathan Smith (ZE-10th).  There were 5,400 projects entered at the MITCA state show at Saginaw Valley State University, and these students finished as the best of the best!

B.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS:                                           



Congratulations to the East High School Boys State Championship track team, coached by Ralph Neal and many assistants.    Congratulations also to the East High School Girl’s track team for a second place state finals finish, missing the championship by one point.   The BOE will not be able to congratulate these student athletes in person as many of them are currently on a mission trip.   Seniors will be back to school or on to other next steps in their lives in August.   Some BOE members have suggested a formal resolution of congratulations.






A.  Minutes of the May 15, 2017 regular board meeting will be presented for approval.

B.     Leaves of Absence for Ashley Pierce (5th Grade-Roo), Stacy Wilson (1st grade – Qui), and Jennifer Timmer (3rd - Lincoln) were approved.  


C.      Approved bills paid as of May 2017.  Checks #118714-119187

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:                 $1,190,838.04

PAYROLL:                                  $3,638,739.53

TOTAL:                                   $4,829,577.57


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


VOTE: All Yes


V.             DISCUSSION

A.  Budget/Millage Rates                                Cal De Kuiper / Lynn VanKampen

The district is required to pass a 2017-18 budget by June 30, 2017.  There are three options:  (1) pass the budget as presented and recommended by the finance committee (2) pass the budget with tweaks and adjustments arising from the budget hearing discussion, or (3) refer the the budget back to the finance committee for more major adjustments and schedule a regular Board of Education meeting on or before June 30, 2017, according to Open Meetings Act guidelines.  

B.   NEOLA Policy Update – First Reading

Following our best practices to date, I meet with our NEOLA representative and then with various teams or leaders throughout the district to validate or tweak the policy recommendations.  Some policies have been reviewed by another administrator or by a team led by an administrator and others just follow a legislative change and do not really require much discussion.  The Agenda Planning Committee reviewed the process and recommendations on Friday, June 9, 2017.

C.  Meal Prices 2017-18

Food Service departments are essentially a small business that must run close to cost neutral.  They are not permitted to be “for profit”, nor are they permitted to run at a deficit.  Though there is no need for ZPS to raise prices,  in order to meet the requirements of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids act of 2010, we must complete a PLET (Paid Lunch Equity Tool) that was created to calculate our paid lunch price increase requirement.  The price requirement formula is set so that the free and reduced paid lunch supplement program through the government cannot be underwriting the paid lunch program.   Here in Zeeland, the PLET shows we must increase our meals by a minimum of $0.10.  


Mandated Pricing for 2017-18

Breakfast                              $2.00

Elementary Lunch     $2.50

MS Lunch                             $2.75

HS Lunch                             $3.00  


VI.           ACTION:


Tom DenHerder moved and April DeWitt supported the motion to approve the adjustments to the current 2016-17 budget, the 2017-18 proposed budget and millage rates for the 2017-18 school year.


2017-18                               Revenues                      Expenditures                   Millage

General Fund                      61,371,334                     61,133,033                    6.0000-Homestead


Food Service                        1,816,933                      1,811,983

Debt Retirement                11,711,070                     10,969,511                           7.3500

Building and Site        1,539,392                 1,525,000                                1.0000

Recreation                    1,569,253                 1,558,941                           0.4000

Community Service           1,017,445                    975,898


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




Mark Snyder moved and Todd Brennan supported the motion to renew the Zeeland Public Schools membership in the Michigan High School Athletic Association for the year August 1, 2017-July 31, 2018.

VOTE: All Yes



A.          Board/Organization Meeting date for July

Per discussions with the Agenda Planning Committee, an organizational meeting followed by a regular meeting, is scheduled for July 10, 2017 at 12:00 PMin Admin office conference room.  



The regular meeting of June 19, 2017 adjourned at 6:48 P.M.