Board of Education
Monday, February 8, 2021, at 6:00 PM
Regular Board of Education Meeting
Regular Board of Education Meeting
Local boards of education are responsible for the implementation of state laws and regulations. They are also responsible to the electorate from which they receive the right to serve. Formal Responsibilities of the board and its elected members:
Hire a superintendent and approve the district's administrative structure
Approve the operating budget
Graduate the senior class
Establish a long-term vision and set the direction for the district
Hold the superintendent accountable for effective administration
Formally and regularly evaluate the superintendent's performance
The board speaks through the formal action it takes. Once a vote is taken, that is the position of the board.
DeWitt Public Schools Board of Education Meetings
The DeWitt Board of Education meets regularly to conduct the business of the board. All meetings are open to the public. The DeWitt Board of Education has established its regular meetings for the school year on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the DeWitt Board of Education Office, 2957 W. Herbison Road, DeWitt, Michigan. In addition, the DeWitt Board of Education will meet for a work session on the fourth Monday of April, June, August and November at 6:00 p.m., in the DeWitt Board of Education Office, 2957 W. Herbison Road, DeWitt, Michigan. The notice, minutes and report are posted for each meeting located at 2957 W. Herbison Road.
Craig Kahler has spent his entire professional career in service to K-12 education in Michigan. Starting as an Auditor in Public Accounting, he focused on K-12 schools in Southeast Michigan. From 1988-2001 Craig held financial management positions with Rochester Community Schools and Clarkston Community Schools, where he was responsible for budgets, accounting, payroll, and purchasing. As District representative he was responsible for $125 million in construction projects including the construction of a new high school, elementary school, and the expansion and renovation of several other school facilities. In 2001 Craig returned to the private sector serving K-12 schools in school design as Director of Business Development for a K-12 architecture firm in SE Michigan. Since 2003 he has been a Public Finance Investment Banker providing municipal banking services to K-12 school districts across the State of Michigan. Craig is married to Linda and they have two children attending DeWitt Public Schools. He is an avid runner and golfer and is a proud graduate of Hillsdale College. His community service includes past membership in the Rochester Kiwanis Club, a Board member of the Clarkston Education Foundation, and President and Board member of the Clarkston Area Optimist Club. A resident of DeWitt since 2003, Craig is a member of the St Jude Finance Committee, the DeWitt PTA, the DPS Bond Steering Committee, the DPS Strategic Planning Committee (2009), and President of the DeWitt Band Boosters. He was a member of the DPS Board of Education (appointed) from 2007-09 and was elected to a four-year term in 2011. Current term will expire 12/31/22.
Jason Hanselman graduated from Lansing Sexton High School before attending Michigan State University and receiving a degree in Public Administration. Jason then attended the University of Miami School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctor degree in 2000. After graduating from law school, Jason joined the law firm Dykema Gossett, where he is a partner in the firm’s Government Policy Group. Jason works with government entities and private clients in highly regulated industries, including education. Among other things, Jason helps universities, community colleges, regional educational service agencies, and local school districts with regard to a variety of issues, including the Revised School Code, the State School Aid Act, sunshine laws (open meetings and freedom of information), conflicts of interest, and other related issues. Jason and his wife Shelli have lived in DeWitt since 2000. Their children, Avery and Luke, currently attend DeWitt Public Schools. An avid sports fan, Jason has coached in DeWitt’s youth basketball and soccer leagues and was appointed by the Governor as a State boxing commissioner. Current term will expire 12/31/26.
John Tramontana is a native of Niagara Falls, NY and a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School. He moved to Michigan in 2000 to begin studying at Michigan State University and completed his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in 2004. After graduation, John returned to Western New York to work for the Buffalo Bills as a website reporter. From there he moved to the Upper Peninsula to begin his career as a television news reporter as the Iron Mountain Bureau Chief for WLUC-TV6. In 2006, John moved back to Lansing and served as WILX-TV's weekend morning anchor. John is now the CEO for the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. He and his wife, Jessica, moved to DeWitt in 2012 and have two daughters, Isla and Gia. John bleeds green and white and is also an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. He is also a Realtor and sells residential real estate for Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood in DeWitt. Current term will expire 12/31/22.
Brad Stoddard graduated from Colorado Tech University earning his bachelor of science in electrical engineering in three years. Upon graduation he worked in Research and Development with Space and Defense companies in the western United States supporting technology advancement for mission and warfare readiness. After leaving the Space and Defense sector, Brad was recruited by the Michigan State Police to oversee the engineering buildout of the state of the art statewide public safety communications system. Brad has been the IT Director for the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Transportation, and was asked to return to Michigan's Public Safety Communications System to oversee the long term development and strategic development of the largest public safety communications system in North America. Brad is a recognized expert in large scale public safety communications systems and has been a speaker regularly at state, regional, national and international conferences and has advised other states and countries on development of interoperable communications and related strategies Brad is the vice-chair of the Michigan Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board, the state of Michigan's advisory board to the governor for interoperable communications. Brad and Jenn have lived in DeWitt since 2008. Their two children, Paige and Cole currently attend DeWitt Public Schools. Brad has volunteered his time since living in DeWitt coaching girls and boys sports, and truly enjoying coaching girls basketball. Current term will expire 12/31/26.
Cliff Flood graduated from Albion College in 1980 with a degree in History and a provisional teaching certificate. He substitute taught for a year before attending Wayne State University Law School. Following graduation from law school, Cliff held clerkships with Circuit Court Judge Ransom and at the Michigan Court of Appeals. He worked at the Miller Canfield Law Firm for 17 years, where his practice included the representation of Michigan school districts and colleges. In 2006, Cliff joined the State Bar of Michigan and was appointed General Counsel in 2007. Cliff and his wife, Ann, whom he met at law school, have lived in DeWitt since 1987. Cliff served on the DeWitt City Council for ten years and was also elected to the Clinton County Board for Commissioners. He was elected to the Board of Education in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. Cliff and Ann have three children, David, Maggie and Jacob, all of whom graduated from DeWitt schools. Current term will expire 12/31/22.
Lisa Truscott is a lifelong resident of the Lansing area and has lived in Dewitt since 2006. She has 28 years of experience in communications, advocacy and policy development. After attending Michigan State University, Lisa worked for the Governor serving in a variety of positions including Civil Rights and Disability Policy Coordinator. In 2000, she accepted the position of Executive Director of the Children with Special Needs Fund in the Michigan Department of Community Health. Lisa administered the $18 million-dollar fund that was created to provide funding for when no other state or federal program was available. Lisa is currently the Director of Corporate Relations for SET SEG, an insurance company specializing in serving public schools throughout Michigan. In her role at SET SEG, she works with more than 500 public school districts. Lisa is also the Executive Director of the SET SEG Foundation whose mission is to enable students to pursue enrichment opportunities that advance learning, leadership and civic responsibility. She is an ex-officio member of the Michigan School Business Officials Board of Directors. Lisa and her husband, Mike Kenney, together have four children, Riley and Brienne Kenney and Cassidy and Lily Splawn. Cassidy is a 2014 graduate of Dewitt and Lily is a 2016 graduate of Dewitt. Current term will expire 12/31/24.
Brad Wever grew up in the Lansing area and has lived in DeWitt since 2011. After graduating from Lansing Catholic Central, Brad attended James Madison College at Michigan State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Social Relations. Since graduating in 2002, Brad has been engaged in policy development and the legislative process for the Michigan Legislature. He currently works for the Michigan House of Representatives where he consults on various policy issues, develops outreach initiatives and manages daily office operations. He has previously worked as Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Senate Education Committee and as the Director of Public Policy and External Relations for the charter schools office at Central Michigan University. In 2016, he completed a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. Brad’s wife Mary is a public school teacher and their three boys – Kaleb, Collin and Jacob – attend DeWitt Public Schools. Current term will expire 12/31/24.