I see things differently than some of the writers in the Post.
I am highly encouraged that our CSPS School Board and Dr. VanDuyn are reviewing administrative practices at CSPS. In Michigan there are increasing school requirements and competition in the education arena.
The School Board is being questioned and threatened by a group or individuals, who feel they have been wronged. Personnel details cannot legally be disclosed or publically discussed. This school board is essentially the same and was acceptable to most, until they did not promote Mr. Cairy to superintendent.
FOIA information shows 1.5 years before Dr. VanDuyn was hired, two administrators and one teacher received separation agreements or severance pay. This supports change happens in education, regardless of who is at the helm.
We currently have many talented/accredited/acclaimed hardworking employees and students in CSPS!
Increased attendance at CSPS school board meetings is also support for the positive changes taking place, A few:
*Beach Back Pack reinstated/volunteer based
*GATORS reading staff expanded
*Class sizes reduced in elementary
*Human resources for staff assistance & policy
*Increased communication district wide from Dr. VanDuyn.
*Building maintenance is moving to a preventative system. We have deferred maintenance to overcome.
*New budgeting system. Building principals now see their building finances and will contribute to decisions made for their building.
*Bidding processes will now be public, timely, including complete scopes of work.
*50+ active credit card accounts reviewed—business consultant recommended less than 5 is appropriate.
I see the CSPS school board members (the majority who are present for all meetings), are doing their job, aware of personal conflicts of interest, mindful of board fiduciary responsibility and making informed decisions to move our district forward.
Working together we can go from good to great, with the leadership of Dr. VanDuyn.
Go Red Hawks!
Heidi Reed, City of Cedar Springs, CSPS Sinking Fund Committee & School Board Meeting Attendee