Board of Education

APS School Board Welcomes You!

As elected school board members, we are interested in your concerns and opinions.

Our hope is that our meetings will give you a better understanding of just how the school district operates. We encourage public participation in our meetings and welcome your comments. If you are interested in addressing the board, please review the procedure for public comment in the brochure How Do I Participate in a School Board Meeting posted at the bottom of this webpage. If you want to attend a meeting just to listen and learn, that’s great! Just sit back and get a feel for “democracy in action.”

Contact:

By Mail:

APS Board of Education
2373 Gordon Road
Alpena, MI 49707

By Phone: 989-358-5042

The Official Proceedings of the Board of Education are usually approved at the following meeting and posted to the web as soon as they are approved. Only the current school year's approved set of minutes is posted. The link to posted minutes in found on this webpage. All meetings are open to the public. When possible, special Board meetings and workshops will be scheduled for the first Monday of the month and regular monthly Board meetings will be held on the third Monday of the month. Meeting times are set by the Board. Unless otherwise noted, all Board meetings are held in the Gerry Ludwig Board Room, 2373 Gordon Road, in Alpena. 

Member Profiles

Mr. Snow, raised in Royal Oak, came to Alpena to attend ACC following his high school graduation in 1963. He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and two master's degrees from Central Michigan University. Before his retirement from Alpena Public Schools in 2000, Mr. Snow was an elementary teacher at Lincoln Elementary and Anna Besser Elementary for 24 years and a principal for ten years at Maple Ridge Elementary, Long Rapids Elementary, and Wilson Elementary. He has most recently supervised student teachers for Spring Arbor University and Western Governors University. 

Over a period of forty years, Mr. Snow has hosted nearly 80 exchange students who were students at Alpena High School. His travels have taken him to fifty countries and he has visited all seven continents. 

He is single, a dog lover, an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, and volunteers with several local organizations including St. Bernard's Friendship Room, McLaren Hospice, and the READ Adult Literacy Program at the library.

His term began on January 1, 2009 and he has been re-elected and served consecutively since that time. Mr. Snow's current term continues through December 31, 2024.

Email Mr. Snow

Mr. Heath was appointed to the Board of Education to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.  His term began on July 5, 2017, and continued through December 31, 2018. Mr. Heath was elected to a four-year term in the November 6, 2018, election and his current term runs from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2022.

Email Mr. Heath

Mr. Donajkowski was first elected to the Board of Education for a 4-year term during the regular school election in November of 2016.  His current term began on January 1, 2017, and continues through December, 31, 2020.

donajkowskisteven@alpenaschools.com

Mrs. Johns was appointed to the Board of Education on April 20, 2020 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of member Shafto.  Keri will serve as an appointee until the General Election in November, 2020.  The 2020 elected person, after being sworn in once election results are certified, will serve the remainder of the vacated term until December 31, 2022.   

johnsk@alpenaschools.com

Mr. Hilberg was appointed to the Board of Education to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.  His term began on June 9, 2017, and continued through December 31, 2018. Mr. Hilberg was elected in the general election on November 6, 2018, and his current terms runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022.

 hilbergt@alpenaschools.com

Stacey Parr was first appointed to the Board of Education in August of 2018 to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.  Mrs. Parr's term began August 22, 2018, and continues through December 31, 2020. 

  parrs@alpenaschools.com

Upcoming Committee Meetings and Regular Meetings

Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are available for public viewing after the Board has adopted the minutes from the previous month at the regular monthly meeting. 

2020-21 Meeting Minutes

2019-20 Meeting Minutes

2018-29 Meeting Minutes

2017-18 Meeting Minutes

Board Policies and Guidelines

View and search current policies and guidelines adopted by the Alpena Public School Board of Education. Click on the BoardDocs image to take you to APS policy homepage. If you need assistance, contact the Board secretary at 989-358-5042.

APS STRATEGIC PLAN 2020

July 20, 2020 the Board of Education adopted a three-year strategic plan highlighting five areas to work on:

Instructional Framework
Social, Emotional and Behavioral
Professional Learning
Communication Plan
Facility Maintenance and Renewal Plan

 

View the complete plan:  APS Strategic Plan 2020

How to Speak Before the Board

Everything you need to know about how to make a public comment or provide a presentation to the school board at a monthly regular meeting is provided in the following brochure:

How Do I Participate in a School Board Meeting?

Board Committees

Executive/Personnel Committee
Gordon Snow, President
Stacey Parr, Vice President
Mike Barnett, Treasurer  
Lorie Kneeshaw, Secretary [appointed]

Board Members Committee Assignments

 

2020-21 Board of Education Committees

 

Board Member Resources

 

What do Board members do? What Makes a Good Board Member? What are the legal qualifications for Board members? Check out these resources, some provided by the Michigan Association of School Boards.