Bouraoui resigns; East Lansing School Board seeks new member

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“It is my desire: that the new school board member helps support the district’s mission of nurturing each child, educating all students, and building world citizens,” said Webster.

The East Lansing Public Schools Board of Education has a vacancy after the resignation of Yasmina Bouraoui, effective Oct. 27.

Bouraoui was elected November, 2014; her term ends Dec. 31, 2018. To apply for the opening, send in a letter of interest to the secretary of the Board of Education, Hillary Henderson, by 4 p.m., Oct. 24.

Bouraoui announced that she is resigning due to “personal reasons.”

In describing what the district is looking for, Board President Nell Kuhnmuench quoted from a recommendation that the Michigan Association of School Boards provides to all districts.

“I would like someone to understand what the basic responsibilities of the Board of Education are,” said Kuhnmuench. “And those are that we have the responsibility to set the policy for the district and we have the power to hire and evaluate the superintendent.”

The board has seven members, all of whom have been elected to four-year, overlapping terms, according to the East Lansing Board of Education website. There is a president, secretary and treasurer. Board members, also known as trustees, hold equal power. They split into smaller committees of three to create and write policy, which they then vote on as a whole.

Kuhnmuench said school board experience is not required, as being on the board is an everyday learning experience. The position is not paid, but is a way to serve the community as a volunteer.

Amy Webster, principal of Pinecrest Elementary, said she hopes the new board member will put students’ interests first.

The board must appoint someone by Nov. 26.

For more information, email Gail Gillengerten, secretary to the superintendent of East Lansing Public Schools, at gail.gillengerten@elps.us. Letters of interest should be delivered to Hillary Henderson, secretary of the Board of Education, 501 Burcham Drive, East Lansing, MI 48823.

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