Holland Public Schools Board of Education

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 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, with time for public comments. An optional prayer meeting is held at 6:30 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

  • 4 Nov
    • Superintendent Open Office Hours
      Date: Nov 4
      Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
      Location: District Admin Lincoln Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 8 Nov
    • Board Study Session 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Board Study Session
      Date: Nov 8
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: Virtual
      Calendar: HPS School Board

      The meeting is being conducted in a hybrid format. You may join in-person or via Zoom. If you are attending in person you are encouraged to bring a wireless device and ear buds to connect via Zoom.  Public comments can be made in person or via Zoom.  Board members may be contacted via the District website.

  • 15 Nov
    • Superintendent Open Office Hours
      Date: Nov 15
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Location: District Admin Office, Lincoln Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
    • Optional Prayer Meeting Prior to Board Meeting
      Date: Nov 15
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: HPS School Board
    • Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Board of Education Meeting
      Date: Nov 15
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Calendar: HPS School Board

      The meeting is being conducted in a hybrid format. You may join in-person or via Zoom. If you are attending in person you are encouraged to bring a wireless device and ear buds to connect via Zoom.  Public comments can be made in person or via Zoom.  Board members may be contacted via the District website.

  • 2 Dec
    • Superintendent Open Office Hours
      Date: Dec 2
      Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
      Location: District Admin Lincoln Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 13 Dec
    • Board Study Session 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Board Study Session
      Date: Dec 13
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: Virtual
      Calendar: HPS School Board

      The meeting is being conducted in a hybrid format. You may join in-person or via Zoom. If you are attending in person you are encouraged to bring a wireless device and ear buds to connect via Zoom.  Public comments can be made in person or via Zoom.  Board members may be contacted via the District website.

  • 20 Dec
    • Superintendent Open Office Hours
      Date: Dec 20
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Location: District Admin Office, Lincoln Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
    • Optional Prayer Meeting Prior to Board Meeting
      Date: Dec 20
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: HPS School Board
    • Board of Education Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Board of Education Meeting
      Date: Dec 20
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Calendar: HPS School Board

      The meeting is being conducted in a hybrid format. You may join in-person or via Zoom. If you are attending in person you are encouraged to bring a wireless device and ear buds to connect via Zoom.  Public comments can be made in person or via Zoom.  Board members may be contacted via the District website.

  • 6 Jan
    • Superintendent Open Office Hours
      Date: Jan 6
      Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
      Location: District Admin Lincoln Conference Room
      Calendar: HPS School Board
  • 17 Jan
    • Superintendent Open Office Hours
      Date: Jan 17
      Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
      Location: District Admin Office, Lincoln Conference 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.

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Interpreters are available for families who need assistance.    

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10.18.21 | Board of Education Regular Meeting - Hybrid Format

The meeting is being conducted in a hybrid format. You may join in-person or via Zoom. If you are attending in person you are encouraged to bring a wireless device and ear buds to connect via Zoom. Public comments can be made in person or via Zoom.

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VIDEO | Board Study Session 10.11.21
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10.11.21 | BOARD of EDUCATION HYBRID STUDY SESSION MEETING

This meeting is being conducted in a hybrid format. You may join in-person or via Zoom. If you are attending in person you are encouraged to bring a wireless device and ear buds to connect via Zoom.  Public comments can be made in person or via Zoom.  Board members may be contacted via the District website.

  • Monday, October 11, 2021 | 5:30pm 
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10.7.21 | School Board Executive Committee Meeting

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA WILL BE ADDED TO THE BOARD STUDY SESSION ON OCTOBER 11, 2021

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Video | Board of Education Meeting on September 21, 2021

Portions of this meeting were not video-recorded dute to technical problems with Zoom.

Public Notice: 9/20/21 Board of Education Regular Meeting
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Public Notice: 9/13/21 Board of Education Study Session
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Survey Results

A letter from Superintendent Shanie Keelean:

Thank you for participating in the recent survey of HPS Families about the start of the school year. More than 400 of you participated in this survey. The information you shared will not only help us improve next year’s kickoff of the school year, but will also help us reach our goals for supporting Every Student, Every Day.

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Public Notice: 9/1/21 Board of Education Executive Committee Meeting
VIDEO | BOE Meeting 8.16.21
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Public Notice: 8/16/21 Board of Education Regular Meeting
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VIDEO | Board of Education Meeting August 9, 2021
Public Notice 8/9/21 Board of Education Study Session #1 & 2
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Public Notice: Canceled 8/2/2021 Board of Education Study Session I
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VIDEO | Board Meeting 7/19/21
VIDEO | Special Meeting 7/19/21 - Bond 101
Public Notice: 7/19/21 Board of Education Regular Meeting
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Public Notice: 7/19/21 Board of Education Special Meeting - Bond 101
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Public Notice: 7/12/21 Board of Education Study Sessions #1 & 2
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Superintendent Shanie J. Keelean | Letter of Introduction

I am so excited to be in Holland! As I settle in to my new office, I wanted to briefly introduce myself

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HPS Podcast 2.36

On this week's HPS podcast we’ll get to know the NEW Superintendent of Holland Public Schools as she answers questions from students, parents and the community.

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Public Notice: 7/6/21 Board of Education Study Session #1

This meeting has been canceled all meeting agenda items will be moved to Board Study Session II on Monday, July 12, 2021, 5:30 pm.

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VIDEO | 21.6.21 Board Meeting
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Shanie Keelean | Next Superintendent of HPS

Keelean will begin at Holland Public Schools on July 1, replacing retiring Superintendent Dr. Brian Davis.

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Public Notice: 6/21/21 Board of Education Regular Meeting
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Public Notice: 6/14/21 Board of Education Budget Hearing
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Public Notice: 6/14/21 Board of Education Study Session #2
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Build 2021 Bond Sale Begins Today

2021 School Building and Site Bonds, Series 1 | $24,420,000

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VIDEO | BOE Session 6.7.21
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VIDEO | Superintendent Search Selection

The HPS School Board will enter into contract negotiations with Mrs. Shanie Keelean; selected as our next Superintendent.  (See ful article for video of special board meeting.)

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PUBLIC NOTICE: 6/7/21 Board of Education Study Session #1
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PUBLIC NOTICE: 6/3/21 BOE Special Meeting - Superintendent Selection
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VIDEO - Superintendent Search | Finalist Interviews and Townhall Meeting

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HPS Board Members Host Townhall meeting with finalists for Superintendent

Members of the Holland School Board narrowed their search for the next Superintendent of Schools: 

  • Shanie Keelean, Associate Superintendent of School Leadership and Development, Waukegan Community Unit School District #60, Illinois
  • Michael Pascoe Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Portage Public Schools, Michigan

These candidates will meet members of the community during a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, June 1, 6:30pm in the HPS Board Training Room.

A limited number of people can attend this meeting in-person; the board encourages you to attend via ZOOM.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: 6/1/21 BOE Special Meeting - Superintendent Finalist Interviews and Town Hall Meeting
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Superintendent Search | Candidate Interviews Rd 1 | 5.27.21
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Superintendent Search | Candidate Interviews Rd 1 | 5.24.21

4 of 7 Candidates for Superintendent meet members of the Board of Education. The remaining candidates will meet members on 5.27.21.

PUBLIC NOTICE: 5/27/21 Board of Education Special Meeting - Superintendent Interviews
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PUBLIC NOTICE: 5/24/21 Board of Education Special Meeting - Superintendent Interviews
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Seven Candidates to Interview for Superintendent of Holland Public Schools

Interviews will be held in person on May 24 and 27 at the District Administration Office, 320 W. 24th Street.

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