Board of Education

Board Information

DeWitt Public School's Board of Education will meet for a Regular Meeting on Monday, August 9, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.

DeWitt Board of Education Office
2957 W. Herbison Road, (Door #16), DeWitt, MI 48820

Note: If any person with a disability needs accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact
Deb Smith at smithda@dewittschools.net or 517-668-3005 at least one day prior to the date of this meeting.

DPS Welcomes Dr. Shanna Spickard

At a special meeting on May 19, 2021, the DeWitt Public Schools Board of Education voted to name Dr. Shanna Spickard as the next Superintendent of DeWitt Public Schools.

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:

  • Adopt policy

  • 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.

Note: If any person with a disability needs accommodations to participate in this virtual meeting, please contact Deb Smith at smithda@dewittschools.net or 517-668-3005 at least one day prior to the date of this meeting.


Board Members

President
Craig Kahler

Kahler.dpsboard@gmail.com

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.


Vice-President
Jason Hanselman

jhanselman@dykema.com

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.

Treasurer
John Tramontana

john.tramontana@gmail.com

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.


Secretary
Brad Stoddard

StoddardBradley@gmail.com

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.

Trustee
Dwight Handspike

dwighthandspike@gmail.com

Dwight Handspike grew up in Detroit, MI and came to the Lansing area when he attended Michigan State University. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in Educational Administration with a focus on University Student Affairs Administration. His educational training consisted of adolescent development, legal issues and education, leadership development, athletics in higher education, and multicultural education. Dwight has been employed by MSU for over 20 years and works in the MSU Broad College of Business as the Senior Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Services.
Over the past few years, Dwight has become more engaged in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) endeavors in our community. He joined the DeWitt Community Partnership for DEI committee and most recently was the chairperson. It is important to Dwight that the board, school district, and community members all work together to make DeWitt an inclusive community where all students feel welcomed, supported, and valued.
While in DeWitt, Dwight has been a volunteer in the classrooms, attended field trips, and has volunteered at numerous field days. He has also been a coach in basketball, soccer, flag football, baseball, softball and has been a member and president of the DHS Futbol Club. Dwight is an avid supporter of the music and theater programs.
Dwight and his wife, Sarah, have lived in DeWitt since 2003. Three of their children (Julian, Isiah, and Alyssa) have graduated from DeWitt. Their youngest (Lauren) currently attends DeWitt High School.
Current term will expire 12/31/22.

Trustee
Lisa Truscott

ltruscott42@gmail.com


Lisa Truscott is a lifelong resident of the Lansing area and graduate of Lansing Sexton. She has lived in Dewitt since 2006. She has more than 30 years of experience in communications, advocacy and policy development. After attending Michigan State University, Lisa worked for Governor Engler serving in a variety of roles 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 where she administered an $18 million-dollar fund that served children throughout Michigan. Most recently Lisa worked for SET SEG School Insurance Specialists for nearly ten years serving as the Director of Corporate Relations, Chief of Marketing and Chief Administrative Officer. In her role at SET SEG she worked with more than 500 Michigan public school districts. She also served as the Executive Director of the SET SEG Foundation and was an ex-officio member of the Michigan School Business Officials Board of Directors for six years. 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.


Trustee
Brad Wever

bradwever@gmail.com

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.