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RCS Board of Education officers in place for 2020

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 11, 2020

 Kristin Bull was reelected by her peers to serve another year as president of the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education.

Kristin Bull was reelected by her peers to serve another year as president of the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education.

Photo provided by Kristin Bull


ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Rochester Community Schools Board of Education kicked off its first meeting of 2020 by electing officers.  

On Jan. 13, Kristin Bull was chosen to remain as the board president for another year.

“I’m honored,” she said during the meeting.

In an email, Bull said she was grateful for the vote of confidence by her colleagues on the board. She said the board is a team built on consensus, community and collaboration, and that she looks forward to continuing to lead and learn from her board colleagues for another year.

Bull, a parent of two RCS students, was first elected to a six-year term on the board in 2014. In an email, she said her commitment to the board is driven by a belief that all students have a right to a high-quality education, and a motivation to build a legacy of excellence and equal opportunity in the community.

“I often say publicly that as a mom, I’ve worried about my kids since the days they were born. But I don’t worry about them between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. five days of the week. That’s because I know they are in the presence of highly skilled, caring educators who want the best for all children; I never take that for granted, and I want to be able to support those educators in whatever way I can,” she said in the email.

As board president, Bull said, her focus for 2020 will remain steady: ensuring the board remains “steadfast in its support of RCS administrators at the highest level as they continue to build a culture of excellence in the classroom and beyond.” Personally, she looks forward to supporting the vision for the next five-year strategic plan as well as the district’s work in two priority areas — social and emotional learning; and diversity, equity and inclusion.  

The board — which elects members for various leadership positions each January — also approved Kevin Beers to remain as vice president, Michelle Bueltel as the new secretary and Michael Zabat to remain as treasurer. Barb Anness, Scott Muska and Andrea Walker-Leidy serve on the board as trustees.

Board selections are nonpartisan, and board members receive no compensation.

“We do this because we love what we do,” Bull said.

Superintendent Robert Shaner thanked the board members for their service to the district.

“These folks that I have the honor and pleasure of working with up here are volunteers, and they put in untold hours. Really, the dedication they show the community is really something. If you think of elected jobs in our community, the Board of Education is probably one of the most thankless. You sit up here every other Monday night, you attend committee meetings, you attend school events, and people are not always aware of what you do,” Shaner said during the meeting. “I am, and I want to make sure we express our gratitude for what you do.”

RCS board meetings are held at 7 p.m. on scheduled Mondays in the Harrison Room of the district’s Administration Center, 501 W. University Drive. Board “chats” are held prior to regularly scheduled meetings at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are videotaped for replay on the district’s community-access cable TV channel. The meetings can also be viewed at