Holland Public Schools

The Board of Education for Holland Public Schools is in search of a new superintendent. 

The City of Holland, Michigan is a vibrant community in a beautiful lakefront setting along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is a world-class city with a small-town feel, making it one of the best places to live, work, and vacation. Holland offers a charming and lively downtown district, active neighborhoods, community events, celebration of diversity, safe bike infrastructure, and walkability, and well-maintained parks and open spaces. 

Holland has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and Money Magazine as one of the safest and most beautiful places in the U.S. and was voted as the “Second Happiest and Healthiest Places to Live in America” by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. In 2015, Holland landed the number three spot on the Livability.com list as one of the “10 Best Cities for Families” and is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Grand Rapids.

The District is comprised of four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with an enrollment of approximately 3100 students. District demographics include 47% Hispanic, 35% White, 9% Black, and 9% Multi-Racial/Other. The student body represents nearly 40 different countries speaking over thirty different languages.  Approximately 65% qualify for free-reduced lunch. The District takes great pride in serving a diverse student body and has made a strong commitment to embracing, engaging, and empowering each child for success in an ever-changing world. 

Holland Public Schools offers state and nationally recognized programs which include: Transitional Kindergarten: K-8 STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programming:  Two-Way K– 8 Bilingual Spanish Immersion program where students from two different cultures come together to become bi-literate and bi-cultural. Additional Spanish offerings are available at the high school level. Early College High School programs where students can earn up to 62 transferable credits; Middle and High School Honors and Advanced Placement courses: three-year introduction to engineering program aligned with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Robotics opportunities: a variety of extracurricular programs which include nearly 40 middle and high school athletic teams along with nationally recognized performing arts programs.

District Data

Enrollment Fall 2020: 3,074.53

Teachers 217

Administrators 28

Counselors/social workers 10

Paraprofessionals – 88

Office Staff – 24

Support Staff/Other Staff – 65

Other staff – 52

School buildings 9: High School, Middle School, Heights Elementary, Holland Language Academy, Jefferson Elementary, West Elementary, Longfellow Online/Remote Teaching Center, Maplewood, Maintenance and Transportation.

Foundation grant per pupil $8,111

Annual operating budget – Revenue $44,729,000, Expense $43,698,400

Projected fund balance 7.92% and $3,462,097 

Tax Base (SEV) $1,890,781,200

         Non-Homestead Levy 18.0000 mills

         Debt Retirement 4.98 mills

Board of Education

Phil Meyer, President
Liz Colburn, Vice President
Linda Falstad, Secretary
Diane Ybarra, Treasurer
Tim Marroquin, Trustee
Mike McKay, Trustee
Mark Woltman, Trustee

Salary and Contract Information

The Board will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract. Compensation will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate and the requirements of the position. A preliminary salary range of $140,000 to $180,000 has been established. 

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should complete and submit an online application found at https://masb.myrevelus.com/client/search/40.

Completed online applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm. No “hard copy,” fax, or emailed copies accepted. IF requested by the candidate, materials will be treated confidentially through the screening process. Candidate names will become public at the time an interview is scheduled. 

All questions regarding the search should be directed to Bob Herrera, Consultant, Michigan Association of School Boards, at 517-605-6117 or rcherrera80@gmail.com.

Search Timeline

Action Date
Application deadline May 3. 2021 @4pm
Selection of candidates to interview May 17, 2021
First-round interviews Week of May 24th, 2021
Second round interviews/First Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent Week of May 31st, 2021
Board visitation (if necessary) TBD
Second Opportunity for Board Selection of Superintendent TBD
Start date July 1, 2021