SCHOOL BEAT The Gift that keeps on Giving by DAVID KELLER Rockford School Board Trustee It was Winston Churchill that once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” While I didn’t realize it at the time, the act of “giving back” was instilled in me at a young age with the help of my parents. With eight children, my parents didn’t exactly have the money to give back financially, but they were able to give back with their time. We always volunteered for the Sunday chicken dinner at church and various other activities as a family. My dad coached several of us in sports throughout grade school. It seems that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. From the inspiration of my dad and my children’s passion for sports, it was about 10 years ago that I began coaching them and other children in our community. My first experience was in baseball and then many years in basketball. It certainly took time away from other things I could have been doing, but heck, I was with my children and I was sharing my talents and developing skills of so many great young kids. It was an unbelievable experience to see them build their self-esteem and confidence during their improvement from the start to the end of the season. As my coaching career is winding down, I know that the time I spent as a volunteer coach had a positive effect on all of my players. I made a difference in their lives as they did in mine. What a gift, I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. About six years ago, I chose to become more involved in our community and was fortunate to garner enough votes to be elected a member of the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education. In addition to our careers, the seven board members of the Rockford Public Schools each put in hundreds of hours of work every year to guide and support our district. Each year we are offered compensation for our services and each year we decline this offer. It’s one way we are all able to “give back” to our community with our time, knowledge […]
Wednesday, May 12, was destined to be a tough match for the Rockford Rams varsity golfers. Grandville was the only team that had defeated them in the OK Red this season. Rockford’s record in league was 15-1 and Grandville’s was 14-0. To say that the Rams stepped up is an understatement. The Rams turned in a sizzling school record of 144 (+4) ahead of Grandville (155) and Jenison (160). On a cloudy 55-degree day, seniors Sam Gallup (35), Trent Davison (35), Jake Chaffee (36), and Eric Conroy (38) stepped up in a spectacular way on the front nine at BraeSide Golf Club in Rockford. The nine-hole total of 144 set the nine-hole record for Rockford High School, and the Rams are very proud of their performance. The Rams still have battles ahead to achieve a conference championship, but this round should really catapult their confidence. Due to a rainout, the OK Red match hosted by Rockford was rescheduled and played at Cedar Chase Golf Club on Friday, May 14. The Rockford Rams met the Hudsonville Eagles for a match on the par-36 front nine. The Rams prevailed by a tally of 146 (+2) to Hudsonville’s 167. Davison (34) and Gallup (35) both turned in under-par performances and were supported by Steven Mette’s 38 and Conroy’s 39. The Eagles were consistent, with no score over 42. This is the second time this week the Rams have broken the 150 mark. Rockford hosted their own invitational at BraeSide Golf Club on Saturday, May 15 under great conditions—62 degrees and sunny with a light wind. For one of the few days so far this season, the weather was very comfortable. The Rams put up a great fight, but lost by one to Forest Hills Central, 291-290. The medalist of the tournament was Rockford’s Davison, who fired a one-under-par 69. Also scoring for the Rams were Gallup with a 72, Mette with a 73, and 77’s by Conroy and Chaffee. On Wednesday, May 19, the OK Red post-conference tournament was hosted by Hudsonville at Sunnybrook Country Club. Coming into the day, the Rams had a one-point lead on Grandville, and at the end of the day they were tied. Rockford and Grandville are co-champions of the OK Red boys […]
Incumbent David Keller remains on the Rockford Board of Education after earning a total of 1,484 votes in the Tuesday, May 4 election. In a close second seat bid, Jason C. Clauser failed to earn a seat on the board with a total of 1,008 votes and Timothy James Lewis will be the new board member with his 1,111 votes. Lewis said he appreciates the confidence in him that the votes represent. “I look forward to working with the board and getting to know more about the issues. I am happy for the opportunity to serve the community and our students.” Lewis will be sworn in at the regular Monday Board of Education meeting on May 24.
Two Rockford Public Schools board trustees’ terms are set to expire on June 30, 2010 Charles Boekeloo has served as a board trustee since 1998 and has announced that he will retire upon completion of his third term in June. David Keller was first elected to the board in 2006 and has declared his intent to seek re-election at the May 4, 2010 election. Individuals interested in seeking election may contact their local city/township clerk or the Kent County Clerk to obtain nominating petitions. The deadline to file petitions with the Kent County Clerk’s office is 4 p.m. on February 9, 2010. For information on how to seek election, you may contact your city or township office, the Kent County Clerk’s Office (www.accesskent.comp), or the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Finance at the Rockford Public Schools (616-863-6555). If you have questions or would like information about what is involved with serving on the Board of Education, feel free to contact Superintendent Shibler at 616-863-6557.
by DAVID KELLER School Board Trustee Rockford Public Schools I asked myself that exact question a few months ago when the snow was coming down and we hadn’t seen sunshine in several days. In addition to the winter season dragging on, our state economy was heading south, along with many of Michigan’s residents to look for warmer weather and better opportunities. So why do we live here? Why have we picked West Michigan, in this community of Rockford to reside and raise a family? The answer for me is… my children. This is where I want to raise and educate my children. My wife has lived in Rockford her entire life, I’ve been here for the last 20 years, and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. We have a great community and public school system. While I may be biased, there are not many school districts in this state that can boast the accomplishments that have made Rockford Public Schools the great school district that it is. Rockford Public Schools (RPS) and its students are exemplary. To note just a few accolades and accomplishments, I didn’t have to dig too deep. Every RPS building has been recognized as a State and/or Exemplary National Blue Ribbon School-RPS is the only Class A school district in Michigan to earn this recognition. For four straight years, every school building in the Rockford school district has earned straight A’s through the Michigan Education YES! Accountability system-only one other school district in West Michigan has earned this recognition. Rockford High School has had eight students recognized as National Merit Finalists over the past two years. One hundred and one Rockford students competed in this year’s Michigan Math Prize Test, nine of these students made the top 1,000 (out of approximately 12,000 taking the test) and our teams finished first and second in our division. RPS had 12 teams qualify for the state competition of the Odyssey of the Mind program. Ten of these teams “placed” in the competition and five of these teams qualified for the world competition (the entire state of Michigan qualified only 15 teams to the world competition). Our band and choir students consistently earn the highest ratings at all competitions. They have performed in such […]