About APS

Alpena Public Schools, located in the cultural, economic, and educational hub of northeast Michigan, is a Class A district. We serve a population of approximately 4,000 students in 6 elementary schools for grades K-5, a junior high for grades 6-8, and a high school for grades 9-12. We also operate preschool programs and an alternative high school/adult education center.

One of the largest geographic districts in the State of Michigan, Alpena Public Schools covers more than 600 square miles, encompassing all of Alpena County as well as all of Presque Isle Township and a part of Krakow Township in Presque Isle County. Our well-organized fleet of buses transports 80 percent of the student body each day, safely traveling some 825,000 miles per year. Officially established as Michigan's first county-wide school district in 1963, Alpena Public Schools represents an aggregation of business people, farmers, professionals, service employees, children, parents, retirees, and clergy, all proud of their beautiful, bay-side community.

Our Mission

Our District's mission statement reflects our close connection with the people we serve: "Alpena Public Schools, in partnership with our community, teaches and challenges all students to become life-long learners and productive citizens."

Board of Education Goals

The Alpena Public School Board of Education will:

  • advance academic achievement for all students.
  • continue to be good stewards of the financial and physical resources of the District.
  • maintain good communications with students, parents, staff, and community, fostering an atmosphere of respect, trust, openness, and willingness to listen.

Fascinating Facts

Here are some facts and statistics about our District:

  • Our bus fleet transports students from every corner of our 604 square mile District in 118 daily bus routes. If combined end-to-end, all those routes would stretch from Alpena to Disney World and back - every day!
  • The APS Food Service team prepares over 690,000 meals each year! Our District also provides food service management for our neighbors, including Headstart, Pied Piper Opportunity Center, and the Alcona Community School District.
  • APS employs over 500 individuals, including teachers, custodians, bus drivers, instructional assistants, administrators, cooks and a variety of support personnel. Our employees are members of the community who live, play and invest right here in Northeastern Michigan.

We're a proud part of the Alpena community working hard to remain "The Best Choice!"

Name
Building
Position
Department
John VanWagoner
Central Office
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent's Office
Lorie Kneeshaw
Central Office
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent
Superintendent's Office
Diane Block
Central Office
Assistant Superintendent for Operations
Superintendent's Office
Pauline Burnham
Central Office
Special Education Director
Superintendent's Office
Lorie Kneeshaw
Central Office
Secretary to Board
Superintendent's Office
Hans Stevens
Central Office
Education Tech Director
Superintendent's Office

For More Information

Main Switchboard
989-358-5200

Announcement Hotline
989-358-5001 

Gordon Admin. Building
2373 Gordon Road
Alpena, MI  49707
989-358-5000
fax: 989-358-5041

Facilities & Transportation
1357 M-32 West
Alpena, MI  49707
989-358-5790
fax: 989-358-5795

Secondary Schools
ACES: 989-358-5170
AHS: 989-358-5200
TBJHS: 989-358-5400

Elementary Schools
Besser: 989-358-5100
Ella White: 989-358-5950
Hinks: 989-358-5560
Lincoln: 989-358-5900
Sanborn: 989-358-5800
Wilson: 989-358-5700