Board of Directors Seats Open for Election This Spring

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MASSP election season is just around the corner. Are you ready to take on a bigger role within the Association, be an advocate for your fellow administrators and help advance your career? Every year, one-third of the seats on the MASSP Board of Directors are up for election – it's almost that time! This year MASSP is seeking candidates for: Region 1 Representative, Region 3 Representative, Region 5 Representative, Region 7 Representative, Assistant Principal Central Representative and Middle Level East Representative as well as a brand new position - Michigan Coordinator to the National Association of Secondary School Principals. For more information on each of these positions, the role of the MASSP Board of Directors and what the commitment entails, please read on.

Overview

Membership on the MASSP Board of Directors is a professional experience that is both challenging and rewarding. It is an opportunity to serve education through a leadership role in Michigan's largest building administrator organization. The effective presence of MASSP as a positive influence on Michigan's secondary schools depends in large measure upon the guidance of a highly qualified, well-informed Board of Directors and professional staff.

Regardless of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability or veteran status, every professional member principal or assistant principal of MASSP is eligible to become a candidate for membership on the Board of Directors. Members of the Board take justifiable pride in the leadership they provide to the extremely divergent membership, as well as for the thousands of middle level and high school youth. Board members must be aware of, and attuned to, the regional needs and concerns of Michigan; the variety of job responsibilities of individual members; rural, urban, and suburban education; minority considerations; and MASSP's relationship with other professional organizations and our state government.

Board Functions/Commitment

The MASSP Board of Directors exists to help steer the direction of the Association. A prime requisite of candidates who wish to serve on the MASSP Board is a strong commitment to serve as each term is three years in length. It is also necessary that the candidate's Superintendent, Board of Education, other building administrators, faculty and family support the candidate through their term on the Board. Board members are expected to be present at four in-person meetings per year and also be in attendance at other events, specifically EdCon and the Summit. Members are also asked to give additional input when needed on legislative and policy issues, and write at least one article for the MASSP website.

This Year's Election

The following positions are up for election in 2018:

  • President-Elect
    (State-wide representation on the Executive Board. Candidates must have previously served on the MASSP Board of Directors)

  • Region 1 Representative
    (Represents the entirety of the Upper Peninsula)

  • Region 3 Representative
    (Represents Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ottawa, Kent and Ionia counties)

  • Region 5 Representative
    (Represents Sanilac, Lapeer, Genesee and St. Clair counties)

  • Region 7 Representative
    (Represents Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Branch, St. Joseph, Cass and Berrien counties)

  • Assistant Principal Central Representative
    (Represents the Upper Peninsula, as well as Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Isabella, Midland Bay, Gratiot, Saginaw, Tuscola, Huron, Clinton, Shiawassee, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties)

  • Middle Level East Representative
    (Represents Sanilac, Lapeer, Genesee, St. Clair, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne counties and the City of Detroit)

  • Michigan Coordinator to the National Association of Secondary School Principals
    (State-wide representation with a focus on advocacy at the national level) More details about this new position can be found here.

Nomination and Ballot Process

Interested in placing your name on this year’s ballot? Please fill out this Google Form no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Before accessing the form, please be prepared to provide answers to the following questions. Each candidate's responses will be published on the ballot.

  1. Biography: How long have you been in your current building administrative position?
  2. Experience: Tell us about your professional career.
  3. Education: Tell us about both post-secondary degrees and additional continuing education.
  4. Statement of Intent: Why are you seeking position on the MASSP Board of Directors?

Candidates must also supply a letter of support from his/her Superintendent, as well as a headshot to be included on the ballot. These two items should be emailed to brad@michiganprincipals.org.

Electronic ballots will be made available to MASSP members during a two-week voting window from Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 13.

Questions? Please contact Brad Gray at brad@michiganprincipals.org.