Congratulations to these three candidates who were elected or re-elected to the Kenowa Hills Board of Education in the November 3, 2020 election. We thank our great community for voting, and thank the other candidates for their passion to serve our school and community.
Re-Elected: Melissa Courtade
My name is Melissa Courtade. I’m running to retain my seat on the Kenowa Hills School Board in the upcoming election because I’M INSPIRED BY OUR FUTURE. I have raised a family in Kenowa Hills for over 19 years and spent 8 of them on the school board.
I’M INSPIRED BY EDUCATORS. Throughout my time on the school board I have been part of the team that
I will continue to champion educators voices and recognize their essential role in our school district.
I’M INSPIRED BY SERVICE. I volunteered for more than 150 hours on the Kenowa Hills buses providing food to families in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While on the school board, I have completed more than 400 hours of professional development to be the best advocate for kids that I can be. I have also spent the past 3 years serving on the Michigan Association of School Boards Government Relations Committee which works to advance student-centered legislation in our state. I am a 2019 recipient of the MASB Master Board Member Award.
As a mother of a student with special needs, I know that this pandemic has greatly affected every student's learning. I will continue to focus on school safety and build options for you and your family to best support your child.
I would be honored to serve another four years on the Kenowa Hills School Board.
Elected: Erin LaBotz
My name is Erin LaBotz and I want to raise the bar even higher in Kenowa Hills. Our district has made great strides in recent years, but one area that I want to strengthen is enough support for the whole child. Healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged students are my number one priority. I will fight to ensure the long term development and success of all children.
My husband Tom and I are lifelong Grand Rapids residents and local business owners. We love Kenowa Hills and are proud to be raising our family here. Our son, Jack, is a freshman and our daughter, Claire, is in 7th grade. As an involved parent and strong supporter of our district, I’m ready to step up to serve the needs of our fellow Knight families.
Now, more than ever, we need strong leaders who are able to advocate for students and their families. I have always taken the time to listen to others and welcome communication from our community. I value opinions, even if they differ from my own. I've spent the last four years serving on the board of a non-profit organization and gained experience working with it's members. I know how to put personal agendas aside and work cooperatively to achieve goals.
I would be honored to earn your vote and a seat at the table to make Kenowa Hills the best district possible.
Re-Elected: Stan Truskoski
My name is Stan Truskoski and I have had the pleasure of serving on the Kenowa Hills Board of Education since 2010.
I have lived in the Kenowa Hills district since 2001. My two daughters started their Knight career at Fairview Elementary and became graduates of Kenowa Hills in 2015 and 2019.
Over the years I have served on many committees, including Fairview Family Links, the district facility committees and a variety of board committees. These experiences have given me the appreciation of the problems and difficulties facing schools today. I have had the privilege to work with the district and board on the recent bond proposals.
I could not be more proud of what our district has been able to provide our students and families through this pandemic.
I have a strong conviction that the education of our children is vitally important to the future of our community. I want to do everything I can to make sure Kenowa Hills students receive the best education we are able to possibly provide. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Kenowa Hills community for four more years. #UKnightedWeStand
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