Interested in joining the Otsego Public Schools Board of Education? There are two vacancies that need to be filled.
The Otsego Public Schools Board of Education is looking to fill two board vacancies. One will need to be filled prior to May 24, 2017; the other opening will be filled at the start of the new school fiscal year, July 1, 2017.
At April’s Board of Education meeting, long-time board member, Bryon Campbell presented his letter of retirement from the board. Bryon is an Otsego graduate, had two boys graduate from Otsego and has served on the Board of Education for 14 years. As the Chief Information Officer at Van Andel Institute, Bryon was instrumental in bringing the Purple Game to Otsego which raises money for cancer research at Van Andel Institute. There will be a reception for Campbell prior to the June 26, 2017 Board workshop, which will be his last meeting.
On Monday, April 24, 2017, new board member Stephen Podewell presented his letter of resignation as he is no longer living within the Otsego school district. Under Michigan law, a school board member cannot serve on the Board when they are no longer a resident of the district. This position must be filled within 30 days.
Anyone interested in applying for a vacancy needs to turn in a letter of interest and resume to the Office of the Superintendent, 400 Sherwood St., Otsego, MI 49078, or by emailing Lisa Currie at
  • The deadline for applications for the immediate opening is Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 4:00 p.m. with public interviews taking place on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. during the Board workshop.
  • The deadline for applications for the July 1, 2017 opening, is Monday, June 5, 2017, 4:00 p.m. with public interviews taking place on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the Board workshop.
  • Both openings will be appointed positions by the current Board of Education. To be considered, applicants must be a resident of the Otsego Public Schools district and not be employed by the school district.
Characteristics of an Effective School Board Member
❖ A thoughtful, sincere and deliberate approach to the position
❖ A constructive attitude towards teamwork
❖ The willingness to spend the time necessary to be well-informed on the issues
❖ The ability to represent the entire community
❖ The temperament to respond accordingly and appropriately through challenging events
❖ The willingness to listen thoughtfully to others
❖ The willingness to express one’s own opinion and participate in discussions openly and honestly
❖ The maturity to respect the confidentiality of privileged information
❖ The willingness to model continuous learning
❖ The willingness to abide by and support the board operating procedures
❖ The ability to identify, recommend and encourage prospective candidates