April 17, 2017

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 VanKampen, Jon Voss

ABSENT:             Board of Education: Ron Scott

GUESTS:             Tammi Draper, Michelle Fuller, Craig Greshaw


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

A.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                                           Cal De Kuiper


B.   RECOGNITION:                                                Rick Dernberger                                

Craig Greshaw, Creekside Principal, introduced Jakob Gilleylen, Creekside 8th grader being honored by the board for winning the regional spelling bee for the second year in a row (postponed from March meeting).  

The Board recognized the following students for various art awards recently received.  Michelle Fuller introduced the following high school students being honored: Bethany Colbrunn "Marimba" Sharpie Stippling – ZEHS/9th - Scholastic National Gold Medal, Ashtyn Dykstra "Sail" Palette Knife Oil Painting – ZWHS/12th - Michigan Youth Arts Top 18/Governors Traveling Show, Taea Williams "Spectrum" Colored Conte Crayon – ZEHS/11th - Michigan Youth Arts Top 100/Governors Traveling Show.  Tammi Draper introduced the following middle school students: Stephanie Vickers "Sea Gireon" – Creekside/8th - Graphite Shading - Exclusive 15 Michigan Department of Education, Sanoe Bueno "Peacock" Tempera Ink Batik – Creekside/6th  - Top 75 Michigan Youth Arts, Alexander Lencioni "Frozen" Crayon Encaustic – Creekside/6th - Top 15 Michigan Youth Arts.   

C.   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VISITORS:                                           



In 2015, the district identified Mental Health Awareness to be a key goal and/or focus area moving forward.  One of the outcomes was the establishment of a Community Mental Health Awareness Committee.  Our committee has partnered with the family of Zach Kroll on the Love and Lean Walk for Mental Health on Saturday April 29.  We have also partnered with the City of Zeeland as Mayor Kevin Klynstra will proclaim the month of May "The First Annual be nice. Community Action Month" at the City Council meeting on April 17.  The flyer for this event is attached.






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


B.           Approved a second year leave of absence for Alesha Parnacott, New Groningen.   


C.            Approval of bills paid as of March 2017.  Checks #117916-118326

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE:              $1,027,981.01

PAYROLL:                                  $3,695,106.77

TOTAL:                                   $4,723,087.78


Tom DenHerder  moved and Linda Bush supported the motion to accept the Consent Calendar as presented.


VOTE: All Yes



V.             DISCUSSION

A.               Furniture Bids                                                Lynn VanKampen

These furniture bids were reviewed by the Finance Committee on Friday, April 14, 2017.   Lynn VanKampen, with guidance from GMB Architects, prepared the attached document.  I continue to be highly appreciative of Lynn’s ability to sort and tabulate detail.  This furniture is for 2017 projects:  Creekside, Roosevelt / ZQuest, and East High School.   Creekside includes the renovated Quack Shack, additional lunchroom furniture, and the extended learning areas.   Roosevelt / ZQuest includes the new conference room, new classrooms, new music room, and extended learning areas.  East High School includes the renovated media center and four smaller extended learning areas.   We budgeted $565,000 for these projects.   Last month, you approved approximately $84,000 for the East High School office furniture, leaving approx. $481,000.  The total of this recommendation is $313,978 which is well under remaining budget.    Most, but not all bids are low bids.  Some bids were selected based on fit and purpose, rather than low bid.  

B.        Superintendent Evaluation                 Vice-President Rick Dernberger

As a historical documentation, the superintendent reviewed progress on district goals and focus areas at the February 20, 2017, regular board meeting.    The board also met in closed session on February 20 to review the evaluation process and document.  The board met in closed session again on March 20 to review the combined results of the evaluation.  The board gave a summary statement and voted on the superintendent’s contract.   


VI.           ACTION


Mark Snyder moved and Todd Brennan supported the motion to approve the furniture bids as discussed.

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

NAY:  None



Tom DenHerder moved and Mark Snyder supported the motion to approve the superintendent’s evaluation and three-year contract discussed in closed session at the March 20, 2017 regular board meeting.  The contract period is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020 and the level reported to the State of Michigan will be highly effective.


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

NAY:  None


         Cal De Kuiper thanked the board for the great working relationship.


The regular meeting of April 17, 2017 adjourned at 6:32 P.M.