Board of Education

  • Northwest Community School District Bylaws & Policies


    2019-2020 Board of Education Meeting Dates
    August 12 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    September 9 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    October 14 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    November 11 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    December 9 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    January 13 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    February 10 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    *March 16 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    April 13 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    May 11 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    June 8 - 5:00 p.m.
    NEC - Admin. Office Board Room
    * The March Board Meeting will be held on the third Monday in March.
    NEC = Northwest Education Center



    The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2020, has been canceled due to Covid-19 ongoing restrictions and executive orders, and will be rescheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  An official notice for the rescheduled meeting will be posted once it's been determined whether the meeting will be virtual/electronic, or in person.

    Thank You.


    Mission Statement

    The mission of Northwest Community Schools is to provide a positive culture that inspires students to achieve greatness.


    All board members receive a packet of information prior to each scheduled meeting.  This packet contains a draft agenda, reports, background information, recommendations, etc. to ensure that the board members can come to the meeting prepared to make decisions.

    Citizen Participation

    The public is welcome to attend all meetings of the School Board and to present and discuss matters or personal interests.  The procedure for speaking is to turn in a Community Comment Speaker Form to the School Board Secretary indicating the topic of interest prior to the "public communication" portion of each meeting. 

    Unless an extension of time is granted, a speaker is limited to five (5) minutes per individual or twelve (12) minutes for a representative of a group. Complaints concerning school personnel or students cannot be discussed in an open public meeting unless the individual(s) involved are notified and agree (P.A. 267 of 1976). The presiding officer of the Board of Education will make all decisions related to the public communications period. The Board of Education meets regularly on the SECOND MONDAY of each month, and all meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise posted.  For 2019-2020, the March Board Meeting will be held on the THIRD MONDAY in March due to a calendar conflict.

    Board Members

    The seven members of the Northwest Community Schools Board of Education are elected for six-year terms (beginning November 2012). In addition, a Northwest High School student is selected annually to act as a liaison between the student body and the Board. The elected members interpret and approve the educational programs and policies of the district. The responsibility of executing these policies lies with the Superintendent of Schools. The School Board elects its own officers for one-year terms each January. When vacancies develop on the Board, the remaining members appoint a trustee, through an interview process, who will serve until the next Board of Education election. 

    What is a Board of Education?

    The Board of Education is a policy-making body, responsible to the State of Michigan and local school district citizens for the education of public school pupils. It approves programs of study and textbooks, the hiring of all teachers, administrators, and other school employees, and may endorse programs such as preschool courses, enrichment classes, high school completion, adult enrichment, and senior citizen programs.

    As one of Jackson County’s quality school districts, the School Board's business also includes construction, equipping and maintenance of building and grounds, securing funds for school operational needs, and approving all spending.

    Board of Education Members


    Shawn White President
    Brad Wait Vice President
    Bob Sayles Treasurer
    Phil LaMaire Secretary
    Dan Griswold Trustee
    Nick Rush Trustee
    Craig Staudinger Trustee