Dear CSPS Families and Colleagues:
It is the time of year when we focus on that for which we are thankful. There are many things in our district and community for which to be thankful, including those who rise above self and serve others. Mr. Joe Marckini and Mr. Jeff Gust have done just that as they have served on our CSPS Board of Education for several years. Please join me in thanking them for their volunteerism and for taking on the challenges of leadership with courage, engagement and compassion.
Mr. Joe Marckini is a lifelong resident of Kent County and has been a Cedar Springs resident since 1996. He is the proud father of 2 wonderful daughters, both CSHS graduates. He and his wife Elizabeth are strong supporters of public education and have been active volunteers throughout the CSPS district and the Cedar Springs community.
Mr. Marckini is an active participant in the legislative process at the local, state and national level. He has taken trips to Washington D.C. to advocate for our Cedar Springs schools. He is passionate about always doing what is best for students and has dedicated nearly 10 years of his time to seeing that passion through to successful results. Mr. Marckini has participated in thousands of hours of school board member training and has earned several levels of achievements and awards as well as serving as President of the Board of Education.
Mr. Jeff Gust is a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs. He and his wife Barb are proud graduates of CSHS. They are the proud parents of 3 great children who all graduated from CSHS! Not only does Mr. Gust serve but his wife does as well as a secretary at our high school.
Mr. Gust is well respected for the countless hours he has spent throughout the district, whether it is to referee the Red Flannel Festival powder puff game, serve in the concession stands, join in the excitement of Back-to-School nights, or help our littlest students find the correct bus the first week of school. Regardless of the event or activity, you’ll find Mr. Gust there exhibiting his great Red Hawk pride!
Mr. Gust has served for nearly 6 years, most recently as the Secretary of the Board of Education. Prior to that he has dedicated much of his time as a member of the Finance and Sinking Fund committees.
As these 2 long-term Board of Education members go off the board at the end of December, we will remember them for their selfless volunteerism and leadership as it’s quite impressive to give so generously in an effort to do what is best for kids.
Thank you, Mr. Marckini and Mr. Gust, you and your service to our district and community will be sorely missed!
Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools