The publicly elected seven-member Board of Education is responsible for setting policy for the district. Each trustee term is six years long and trustees serve without pay.

The Board of Education conducts its business meetings at the District Administration Office, 320 W. 24th Street, in the Board Training Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, with time for public comments. An optional prayer meeting is held at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited. 

If you are an individual with a disability, reasonable accommodations to attend and participate in meetings is available by contacting the Superintendent's Office at (616) 494-2005.

Upcoming Board Meetings & Study Sessions

  • 2 February
    • Superintendent's Open Office Hours
      Date: Feb 2
      Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
      Location: District Administration, Lincoln Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 6 February
    • BOE Teaching for Learning Committee Mtg
      Date: Feb 6
      Time: 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM
      Location: District Admin - Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 7 February
    • BOE Finance & Property Committee Mtg.
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: District Admin - Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 8 February
    • BOE Executive Committee Mtg.
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: District Admin - Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 13 February
    • Board Study Session 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Board Study Session
      Date: Feb 13
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Location: Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 20 February
    • Optional Prayer Meeting Prior to Board Meeting
      Date: Feb 20
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
      Location: District Admin Lobby Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
    • Board of Education Meeting 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Board of Education Meeting
      Date: Feb 20
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: District Admin Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
      Watch this meeting

      This meeting will be broadcast via Zoom.

      Public comments can be made in person. 
      Board members may be contacted via the District website.
  • 2 March
    • Superintendent's Open Office Hours
      Date: Mar 2
      Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
      Location: District Administration, Lincoln Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 6 March
    • BOE Teaching for Learning Committee Mtg
      Date: Mar 6
      Time: 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM
      Location: District Admin - Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 7 March
    • BOE Finance & Property Committee Mtg.
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: District Admin - Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 8 March
    • BOE Executive Committee Mtg.
      Date: Mar 8
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: District Admin - Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 13 March
    • Board Study Session 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Board Study Session
      Date: Mar 13
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Location: Board Training Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board

Effective bylaws and policies are at the core of successful school district governance. Maintaining bylaws and policies that reflect both local oversight and ever-changing state and federal laws is an enormous task. The Holland Board of Education contracts with Neola for these services.

Search our bylaws and policies manual.

Please note that once the Board of Education adopts a new or revised policy, it may take several weeks before the online bylaws and policies manual reflects those changes/updates.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Beth Kooiker in the Superintendent's Office at 616-494-2005.

Parents are often discouraged when they attempt to communicate with central office administrators and school board members and are sent back to building-based officials in order to resolve a problem their child may be experiencing in school. To prevent that frustration, parents can become informed about the “chain of command,” or where to begin the communication sequence regarding their problem or concern.

Many parent and community questions are easily and completely answered by communication directly with the educator in charge of the class or program. Each situation should be first addressed at whatever level the initial action was taken with appeals moving on to the next level on the chain of command. The easiest way to communicate is via e-mail, and a phone call is the next preferable way. Contact information such as e-mail addresses and phone numbers can be found on the district website.

On Matters Involving Instruction/Curriculum

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  • Building Administrator
  • Associate Superintendent of School Improvement
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On Matters Involving Special Education Services

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  • Principal
  • Associate Superintendent of Student Services
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On Matters Involving Athletics

  • Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Principal
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On Matters Involving Student Discipline

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  • Building Administration
  • Associate Superintendent of Student Services
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On Matters Involving Facilities/Grounds/Building

  • Principal
  • Facilities Supervisor
  • Associate Superintendent of HR
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On Matters Involving Transportation

  • Bus Driver
  • Transportation Supervisor
  • Associate Superintendent of HR
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On Matters Involving Food/Nutrition Services

  • Building Administration
  • Food/Nutrition Services Director
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Interpreters are available for families who need assistance.    

Liz Colburn
School Board President
Diane Ybarra
School Board Vice President
Linda Falstad
School Board Secretary
Mark Woltman
School Board Treasurer
Chris Arendshorst
School Board Trustee
Tim Marroquin
School Board Trustee
Lois Mulder
School Board Trustee

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HPS Podcast 4.18

This week, Superintendent Nick Cassidy announced the details of the new Teachers Live Here program that is aimed at retaining and attracting the very best teachers to Holland Public Schools. Here is a part of that announcement.

Lillian Snoeyink (HLA, 1st grade) is the first HPS Teacher to be awarded a Teachers Live Here grant.

Teachers Live Here Announcement

Teachers Live Here will provide $25,000 in down payment assistance to Holland Public Schools teachers. An anonymous donor in the City of Holland will help HPS retain and recruit the best educators to the district.

VIDEO | Board Meeting 1.16.23

January Regular Board Meeting

January 16, 2023, 6:00 pm, Board Training Room at the HPS Administration Building.

Public Comments can only be made in person.

HPS Podcast 4.17

Meet the newest Trustees on the Holland Public Schools Board of Education: Chris Arendshorst and Lois Mulder.

Newest Board of Education Members Sworn In

Congratulations and Welcome to Chris Arendshorst and Lois Mulder. They took the oath of office on Monday, January 9 before the Annual Organization Meeting for the Board.

Arendshorst sworn in

Mulder sworn in

TRAILS begins in January 2023

TRAILS will help students to see someone else's perspective, to foster compromise, to treat others kindly, and to have empathy and understanding.

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HPS Podcast 4.16

The students and staff of Holland Public Schools have THIS week off for the Holidays. LAST week, Gary Stevens talked with HPS Superintendent on WHTC’s Talk of the Town.  Here are some highlights from that conversation.

HPS Podcast 4.15

This week we talk with outgoing-trustee Phil Meyer about his time on the HPS Board of Education.

Board Study Session - Change of Time 1.9.23

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VIDEO | BOE Meeting 12.19.22

Board of Education Annual Organizational Meeting January 9, 2023

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Video | Board of Education Meeting, November 21, 2022

Teaching for Learning Committee Meeting - Change of Date & Time 11.8.22

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School Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

On the ballot in the City of Holland: 19.5-Mill Non-Homestead Millage Proposal

  • Supports Daily Operating Budget
  • Does Not Apply to Primary Residences
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BOE Workshop Special Meeting 11.3.22

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VIDEO | Board Meeting - 10.17.22

BOE Update | 98c Funds to Address Learning Loss

Associate Superintendent of School Improvement Laura McCloud presented the following report to members of the Board of Education on October 10, 2022

Voter Forum | Board of Education Candidates

The League of Women Voters hosted a Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 6, 7-8:30pm at Holland Middle School. Voters had the opportunity to meet candidates running for School Board.  Candidates answered questions during the forum.  Watch the video.

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VIDEO - 9.19.22 Board Meeting

Video from the Board of Education Meeting on 9/19/22.

VIDEO: August 15, 2022 Board Meeting

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Executive Committee Meeting - Change of Time 8.3.22

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Board of Education Hybrid Regular Meeting 7.18.22

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Board Study Session - Change of Date 7.6.22

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Committee Meetings will not be held in July

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New Administrators at Holland Public Schools

Meet new administrators at Jefferson Elementary, Holland High, Holland Middle School, and District Administration offices.

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Board of Education Hybrid Regular Meeting 6.20.22

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BOE Special Meeting 6.14.22

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HPS Podcast 3.38

This week we talk with HPS Superintendent Nick Cassidy about his plans for Summer "Break".

Board Study Session - Change of Time 6.13.22

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BOE Special Meeting

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BOE Annual Budget Hearing Meeting 6.13.22

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Notification of Vacancy on Board of Education

Due to the early announcement of term expiration, the Holland Public Schools Board of Education is seeking a candidate to fill the board seat of Mike McKay. The newly appointed Trustee will serve from the date of appointment, anticipated to be July 1, 2022, through the certification of the general election on November 8, 2022.

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Superintendent Cassidy Responds to Fatal Shooting in Uvalde, Tx

HPS works with public safety officials to provide all students and staff with powerful learning opportunities in safe, secure, and predictable environments.

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VIDEO | 5.16.22 Board of Education Meeting

Board of Education Hybrid Regular Meeting 5.16.22

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HPSPodcast 3.31

This week we talk with Bob Wandel from the ODC Education Network and Superintendent Nick Cassidy about the future of nature-based learning at Holland Heights.

Board of Education Hybrid Study Session Meeting 5.9.22

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Board of Education Executive Committee Meeting Change of Date and Time 5.3.22

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VIDEO | 4.26 Board Meeting