From left, Clawson Board of Education members Kevin Turner, Ethan  McClure, Kimberley Carlesimo, Andrea Hodges, Jessica Back, Thomas Reed Jr. and Michael Frink pose for a photo. Turner resigned Jan. 30, and the district will accept applications to fill the remainder of his term  through Feb. 9.

From left, Clawson Board of Education members Kevin Turner, Ethan McClure, Kimberley Carlesimo, Andrea Hodges, Jessica Back, Thomas Reed Jr. and Michael Frink pose for a photo. Turner resigned Jan. 30, and the district will accept applications to fill the remainder of his term through Feb. 9.

Photo provided by Rebecca McLennan


Clawson school board trustee resigns

District looks to fill vacancy

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 7, 2018

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CLAWSON — Longtime Clawson Board of Education member Kevin Turner resigned on Jan. 30.

Turner, who served on the board since July 1, 2001, moved out of the school district and therefore is no longer eligible to serve. His term is set to expire Dec. 31, 2018.

Board President Andrea Hodges said Turner resigned because his work moved to a different city, so he moved to a different city. She said he held many positions on the board, including president and treasurer.

“He was on the board for a significant amount of time. He brought a lot of history to the table,” Hodges said. “He was there when the money was still good from the state.”

Clawson Public Schools Superintendent Monique Beels said Turner was a “really caring” board member who was always prepared and asked a lot of questions.

“He was very supportive of the programs and the kids, and very proud of Clawson,” she said.

She said the district will accept applications through Feb. 9 to fill the remainder of Turner’s term, and that she anticipates an interview process at the regularly scheduled Feb. 12 school board meeting.

“We’re looking for people that really care about Clawson and really care about the kids,” Beels said.

In an email to the Royal Oak Review, Turner said he joined the board because he wanted to make the district better.

“I have a business and management background and I thought my education and my skills would be beneficial to the board,” he wrote. “Just like every parent, I wanted my children to get a quality education, and that starts at the top. A good, well-functioning board is vital to the success of the district.”

He said his children have all gone on to college and that he is now starting a “new phase” in his life in which his work is taking up more of his time and he is looking for new challenges.

“It’s been a challenging time, and I think my financial background helped keep the focus on ensuring we were fiscally responsible,” he wrote. “We’re a small district with less funding than our neighbors, so we have to look for ways to cut expenses while not harming the delivery of the excellent education services to our kids.”

He said the board has had to make some “very tough decisions which made us quite unpopular,” but that all of his decisions were based on what was best for the kids and to keep the district from spending more than it received.

Turner said that during his time on the board, the district changed its recruiting and hiring practices.

“We contracted with the best superintendent search firm, and we were able to hire several excellent leaders, including our current one, Monique Beels,” he wrote. “We hired some fabulous teachers and recently some have left to become school leaders in other districts. I’m proud of our reputation of growing strong, productive school leaders, and all the credit goes to Ms. Beels.”

Turner said he will look for other areas in the community to serve, and that he just started in a mentoring program.

For more information about how to apply for the open board seat, call (248) 655-4411, visit www.clawsonschools.org or email at linda.gould@clawsonschools.org.