I am a wife, mother and businesswomen who lives in the city of Cedar Springs. I have been married for 33 years to Steve Reed. We are both graduates of Cedar Springs Public Schools. Together we have 3 boys; Trey, Thomas and Trevor. For 27 years, I have been responsible for property management issues, finance and compliance for over 1,300 families at 48 locations in Michigan.
I wanted to join the School Board because I have a sense of duty to this community and I am community centered. I will keep kids first in decisions, by asking the question "who benefits?" I will be financially focused and look for the highest and best use of the taxpayer dollars. My main goal is to do what I can to help Cedar Springs Public Schools achieve and improve. We have multiple challenges ahead; first meeting all students needs with limited funding. My work and life experiences will be an asset to the School Board.
My hobbies include attending my kids activities, research and reading, visiting the lake, estate sales and being a Dyslexia advocate. I am so very thrilled to be part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools School Board.
As your recently elected President of the Cedar Springs Board of Education, I pledge to communicate as effectively and transparently as time, law, Board policy, good judgment, and circumstances allow. Today, I write to correct an error I unintentionally made during the last Board meeting, and to clarify Board policy.
During our District's last Board meeting, I did not allow an individual to speak during public comment because they had not signed our required comment form, as has been our consistent practice. Today, after consulting our Board bylaws and legal counsel, I realize that I should have allowed the comment. For this I apologize, and going forward, I will allow.
Completing the comment form helps me, as Board President, organize public comment. The purpose of our meeting is to conduct the business of the Board. An initial public comment period of approximately 30 minutes is placed on our agenda, so that we can hear the voice of the public. Going forward, if additional individuals wish to comment, I will work with the Board to clarify space during our meeting for those comments.
Additionally, citizens have asked that I provide clarity around the Board's position on individual statements made by Board members, outside of the Board meeting and duties. To do so, I encourage our stakeholders to review the Board bylaws located on our website. Board bylaw 0143 states that Boards act by a majority vote. Because the Board President is the official spokesperson for the Board, individual members are not speaking on the Board's behalf when speaking in their own individual capacity. Just as our students do not sacrifice their First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse doors, our individual Board members retain their individual rights as citizens when they volunteer to serve our school community.
I invite you to view the District's strategic plan and Board policies as these documents represent the official position of the Board on a range of topics. These are posted on our website www.csredhawks.org and can be located under the "District" section of the homepage.
As a District, we welcome and value diversity within our students, staff, parents, community and Board. It's important that we recognize that the responsibility for diversity lives in each one of us separately, but when brought together, can drive excellence and strengthen our respect for each other.
I truly look forward to the continued opportunity to serve this fabulous district and work with our stakeholders to make the best decisions that best serve our students, school and community.