December 11, 2017

Zeeland West High School Cafeteria

3390 100th Avenue

6:00 PM


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

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

ABSENT:             Board of Education:  Tom DenHerder

GUESTS:             Greg Eding, Laurie Poll, Jennifer Soukhome, Brad Stevens


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

A.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                                           Cal De Kuiper

B.   RECOGNITION:                                                

The board will recognize Hayley Allen, New Groningen 5th grader, for being a role model for two younger students with same rare limb difference that she has.  Principal Laurie Poll did the introductions, and Cal De Kuiper gave her a certificate of recognition. The following is a link to a wonderful story written by Erin Dietzer, Holland Sentinel, on October 3, 2017:



C.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS:                                           



A special meeting for the Board of Education has been scheduled for December 18, 2017, at noon, at the Administration Building.   The only anticipated agenda item is the ratification of the refunding of the 2010 bonds.  Although the process has been greatly accelerated, not all steps are completed to handle this topic at tonight’s meeting.   If enough board members can attend, the Agenda Planning Committee recommends a closed session immediately following for the purpose of negotiations per Section 8(c) of the Open Meetings Act.






        A.    Minutes of the November 20, 2017 regular board meeting were approved.


B.    Approved bills paid as of November 2017.  Checks #121215-121755

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE               $1,147,526.73

PAYROLL                                   $4,855,530.85

TOTAL                                        $6,003,057.58


 Mark Snyder  moved and Linda Bush supported the motion to accept the Consent Calendar as presented.


VOTE: All yes


V.             DISCUSSION

A.   Policies Vol. 32, No. 1 – First Reading, Special Release Sept 2016 and Sept 2017.

Our protocols for policy development are well developed and have been followed.  I have met with our NEOLA representative, met with administrative or other staff as needed, and then met with the Agenda Planning Committee on December 2, 2017.  This committee recommended the policies as ready for full board discussion in December with action in January.  In this round, the Finance Committee was involved in a number of Technology policies.  A special thanks should also be given to Mark Washington, Technology Director, for his expertise and guidance.   I recommend you preview the policies before Monday’s December meeting discussion item.  This link also provides a one sentence update on each policy.

B.   Summer Tax Resolution - Lynn VanKampen

This resolution has been used for many years, was written by our legal counsel,  and is self-explanatory.  

C.   High School Science Curriculum and Sequence

This is the ZPS solution to the newly released standards for science education in Michigan.   ZPS science staff have spent many hours over the course of the past year developing this solution.  MDE still requires three years of science for graduation, but standards are heavily tweaked in grade level and course content.  This is a major change to district curriculum  and requires eventual board approval.  Dr. Brandi Mendham, Jennifer Soukhome (High School Science Chair), and Brad Stevens presented this curriculum for consideration.

VI.           ACTION:


Mark Snyder moved and April DeWitt supported the motion to approve the resolution imposing a summer property tax levy on one-half of the school property taxes for 2018 and requests each city and township in which Zeeland Public Schools is located collect those summer taxes.


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




January is an Organizational and a Regular meeting, both on January 15, starting at 6 PM.  This will be Ron Scott’s last meeting as President of the Board - with plenty of time for thank you’s.

January is Board Appreciation month.  




The Board returned to open session and adjourned at 6:46 P.M.