The Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District is actively seeking to fill a vacant trustee position following the resignation of Treasurer Kristin Bull. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Treasurer Kristin Bull submitted her letter of resignation, effective Aug. 30, 2023.
The Board will follow the Revised School Code and Michigan Election Law in appointing an eligible candidate to fill the vacant trustee position. When the appointee takes the Oath of Office, their term will begin immediately and continue through Dec. 31, 2024.
For consideration as a candidate, the application, along with a resume, must be received by the President of the Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. Postmark dates will not be considered.
Methods of return include any of the following:
- Online (preferred method): To access the application, go to: https://form.jotform.com/212024481285147.
- Hardcopy: The application is attached. Drop off or mail applications to: Rochester Community School District Administration Building, 52585 Dequindre Road, Rochester, MI 48307. All packets should be addressed: “To the Attention of Michelle Bueltel, President, Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District.”
The Board will identify applicants who will move to the interview phase during a regular meeting held on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, at 6 p.m. at the Stoney Creek High School media center, 6755 Sheldon Road in Rochester Hills.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, a special meeting will be held to meet candidates, conduct public interviews, and select a trustee. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m.
General duties and responsibilities of a Board member include: coordinating initiatives with the superintendent of schools; establishing policy for the district on the advice of legal counsel; adopting the budget and aligning funding priorities with district goals; determining school facility needs; and responding to community ideas.
Commitments include: attending and preparing for the Board of Education meetings and closed sessions; participating in school assignments, which average approximately six meetings or activities per year; participating in district liaison assignments, which average one per month (i.e. seats on committees within the greater Rochester area or within the Oakland Schools organization); and, joining in commemoration ceremonies, to include commencements and honors events. Other duties may include approximately two additional meetings or activities per month.
To be eligible to serve on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education, candidates must be a qualified school elector. Being a qualified school elector means a candidate must be a registered voter in the district. Additionally, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States of America, a resident of the state of Michigan for at least 30 days, and a resident of the Rochester Community School District.
Any individual who has been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust related to an elective office or position of government employment is disqualified from service on the Board.
The application timeline is as follows:
- Thursday, Aug. 31 – Vacancy announced to the community
- Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 12 p.m. – Deadline for receipt of applications
- Monday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. – Applicants moving to the interview phase will be identified during the meeting
- Wednesday, Sept. 27
- 6 p.m. – Open house to meet the candidates
- 6:30 p.m. – Candidate interviews, followed by the appointment of a trustee
Additional district and application information is available on the district website at: www.rochester.k12.mi.us.
Kristin Bull’s service spans nearly a decade
Kristin Bull has served as a trusted member of the Rochester Community School District Board of Education since 2015. During her tenure, she has held several officer positions, including three years as president.
Bull announced her resignation in an email earlier this week to the Board of Education president. She wrote, “This email serves as my official resignation from the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community in collaboration with the dedicated educators who show up every day for our kids. I step aside with hope that my successor will bring to this role the energy, resolve and clear focus needed to continue to move RCS forward.”
“For nearly nine years, Kristin has been a dedicated public servant, volunteering as a Board member to put the needs of students first,” said Debi Fragomeni, deputy superintendent for teaching and learning. “During her tenure, the Board ensured a balanced and equitable spending plan that supported high-quality student programs, such as the addition of the district’s orchestra program. Bond and sinking fund programs were also overwhelmingly supported by the community to enhance safety and school security and provide long-lasting districtwide improvements. We are truly grateful for Kristin’s leadership and service to our community.”
Board President Michelle Bueltel acknowledged Bull’s contributions to the district. “We thank Kristin for her service to the district. She truly embodied the phrase she was often heard saying, ‘all means all.’ Her passion for supporting the education and well-being of every student was unmatched. She served as Board president multiple terms during the unprecedented times of the pandemic and always showed grace and calm when making tough decisions. We wish her all the best.”