September 18, 2017

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, Ron Scott, Mark Snyder

Administrators: Holly Boehle, Cal De Kuiper, Brandi-Lyn Mendham, Lynn VanKampen, Jon Voss

ABSENT:     Board of Education:

GUESTS:   Julie Paterick, Mary Kraai, Members of American Legion Auxiliary


I.               CALL TO ORDER:         6:00PM                                                         Ron Scott

A.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                             Cal De Kuiper

B.   RECOGNITION:                                                Bonnie Schuitema

The board honored high school seniors who attended the 2017 Girls and Boys State.  Participants in Girls State were Zeeland East seniors Mara Schwartz, Karissa Walters, Madison Wiler.  ZE Senior, Jacob VanderSchaaf, attended Boys State.  Mary Kraai introduced them and gave a brief summary.


The Board honored Tahvanh Lucero, ZW 9th grader, for winning the Americanism Essay Contest.  Mary Kraai introduced Tahvanh and gave a brief summary of his essay.


C.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS:                                           



A.   Introduction:  Cal De Kuiper introduced Tim McAboy, Head of School, Zeeland Christian School.

B.     Zeeland Education Foundation Update – Tom DenHerder gave a brief update on the Zeeland Education Foundation progress.  Fowl play is Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Yacht Basin Marina. Introducing Co-Directors Nikki Kleinheksel, Sara Stevens.

C.   Cal De Kuiper gave an enrollment update of headcount versus FTE.  As of this date, the district is up at least 80 students; we won’t have final numbers until after the October 4, 2017 count day.






A.  Minutes of the August 21, 2017 regular board meeting were approved.


B.      Approved bills paid as of August 2017.  Checks #119843-120205

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:              $1,022,525.78

PAYROLL:                                   $2,989,085.86

TOTAL                                                    $4,011,611.64


C.      New Staff Approved:

Kelsie Wojcik (Hope)              Creekside ASD             BA-3              1.0 FTE


Tom DenHerder moved and Mark Snyder supported the motion to approve the consent agenda as presented.


VOTE: All Yes




A. M-Step 2016 Results – Brandi-Lyn Mendham, Holly Boehle and Julie Paterick gave a  presentation regarding the 2016 M-Step results, which showed an increase in test scores in 5 out of 6 grades tested.  These results need to be celebrated!  ZPS is full of dedicated students, great teachers, and a caring community.  After months of work by teachers to re-align curriculum and re-dedicate efforts in all areas, especially reading, these test results are the reward of hard work by all involved.   A special congratulations should be extended to Dr. Brandi Mendham, Director of Curriculum.  

B.   Construction Update for Summer 2017 Projects – Lynn VanKampen gave an update on 2017 projects: Creekside Middle School, Roosevelt Elementary, ZQuest, East High School office, East High School media center, and the DeWitt Center for the Arts.   Next month will include a photo tour and most likely an updated financial status.   We are still ahead of schedule and still under budget on all projects, with the exception of DeWitt, which is right on schedule as planned.  


C.  Construction Update for 2018 Projects – Lynn VanKampen presented information on the addition at West High School and renovations at Cityside Middle School, scheduled for summer 2018 construction. Many meetings and conversations took place to determine best fit needs within cost constraints for these additions and renovations, especially the West High School addition.   The bid process is scheduled for November.   




         Tom DenHerder  moved and Mark Snyder  supported the motion to select four voting delegates April DeWitt, Todd Brennan, Linda Bush and Rick Dernberger, and three alternate voting delegates Tom Den Herder, Ron Scott and Mark Snyder to represent the Zeeland Public Schools Board of Education at the 2017 MASB Delegate Assembly on November 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center.


VOTE:  All Yes




None at this time 



The regular meeting of September 18, 2017 adjourned at 7:24 P.M.