Board of Education
The Board of Education is popularly elected to rotating six year terms in November of even numbered years. The Board's responsibilities include establishing policy, representing community values, setting district goals, and approving the allocation of resources.
The Board establishes subcommittees to deal with various tasks such as negotiations with employee groups and planning for facility expansions and upgrades.
Melissa VanDerHulst, President (2018)
Loren Joostberns, Vice-President (2018)
Amy Berarducci, Secretary (2020)
Corla Wedeven, Treasurer (2020)
Mike Jurries, Trustee (2020)
Ben Randle, Trustee, (2018)
Jason Thomas, Trustee (2022)
CONTACT THE BOARD
The public is invited to attend all meetings and workshops of the Board. All board meetings provide time for elected trustees and the administration to hear your concerns and opinions on any school-related topic, whether or not it is on the agenda. Members of the public are encouraged to contact the Board Office (269-751-5148) seven (7) days preceding any regularly scheduled board meeting to request an item be placed on the agenda.
Although public comments are encouraged by the Board, it is the policy of the Board of Education to defer answers or comments to a later time. Prior to placing an item on the agenda, the following steps should have been met when the issue pertains to a building or department level concern:
STEP 1 - Contact Staff Member
STEP 2 - Contact Principal
STEP 3 - Contact Superintendent
STEP 4 - Contact Board of Education
Melissa VanDerHulst, President
Loren Joostberns, Vice-President
Amy Berarducci, Secretary
Corla Wedeven, Treasurer
Mike Jurries, Trustee
Ben Randle, Trustee
Jason Thomas, Trustee
HCS Board of Education
4815 136th Ave.
Hamilton, MI 49419
The Board of Education holds regular meetings on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Middle School Library, with an exception in May. The May meeting is held the third Monday in order to comply with laws regarding ISD elections. Board meetings are open to the public and opportunities are given for public input.
August 14, 2017 December 11, 2017 April 9, 2018
September 11, 2017 January 8, 2018 *May 21, 2018- 3rd Week
October 9, 2017 February 12, 2018 June 11, 2018
November 13, 2017 March 12, 2018
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The Board had a regular meeting on September 11, 2017 at the Middle School Library. The meeting began at 7:00 p.m.
The Instructional Highlight agenda item is an opportunity for the Board of Education to learn about
curriculum, instruction and assessment initiatives / programs occurring in Hamilton Community Schools.
September's Instructional Highlight was IChallengeU-Grand Valley State University. Rebecca Goodman
(Hamilton Student), Jessica Marsan (Saugatuck Student), Kierstyn Stoin (Saugatuck Student),
Kaitlyn Brunsink (Jenison Student), Alexis Asaro (Jenison Student), Brian Ward (Saugatuck Teacher)
and Lauren Robinson (Hamilton Teacher) presented.
Representatives from GMB and OAK updated the Board on the Operations Center.
The Board approved the following items:
- The Essential course list.
- Hiring the 3 professional staff for the 2017/2018 school year.
- The purchase of the Modern Teacher Framework.
There were two public comment opportunities. No one addressed the Board.