New VDPS board member sought

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published August 27, 2014

WARREN — The Van Dyke Public Schools Board of Education has the task of finding a new board member to replace Carol Kelsey, who submitted her letter of resignation effective Aug. 18.

The board accepted the resignation 6-0 at the Aug. 18 school board meeting.

“I’m asking the board to accept this resignation with regret,” VDPS Superintendent Joseph Pius said.

Board President Jim Brinkey said Kelsey and her husband moved out of the district.

“We have a vacant chair for the time being,” he said.

Pius said the school board has 30 days from Aug. 18 to fill the position and will publish information about the vacancy in newspapers. If the school board members don’t appoint a new board member within the time limit, the Macomb Intermediate School District will appoint somebody.

While Kelsey’s term expired Dec. 31, 2018, the appointed board member will serve until Dec. 31, 2016. The remaining two years of her term will be on the ballot as a partial term in the November 2016 general election.

Interested parties may apply. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a registered voter of Van Dyke Public Schools. Anyone interested in applying must send a letter of interest no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 3, to: Board of Education, Van Dyke Public Schools, 23500 MacArthur, Warren, Michigan, 48089. Letters of interest also can be faxed to (586) 758-8332 before the deadline. Residents who have any questions on the board seat can call the superintendent’s office at (586) 758-8333.

Depending on the number of applicants, the board will hold interviews and plan to appoint someone at the Sept. 15 Board of Education meeting. 

According to school officials, the Michigan attorney general has ruled that a school employee, including part-time employees such as athletic coaches or noon aides, may not serve as a member of the board of education of the district where he or she is employed. It would create a conflict of interest or incompatibility of office.

Kelsey, who was not present at last week’s meeting, was elected to the school board May 3, 2011, at the age of 65. According to her school board candidate profile published in the Warren Weekly just prior to the election, she was retired from the automotive industry and was a lifelong Warren resident. She also served on the district’s school board from 1979-1983. She graduated from Lincoln Senior High School in 1964.