Rochester Community Schools Board of Education Special Meeting Agenda for March 23, 2022


Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 6:30 PM – Administration Building


1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Finalist Interviews

As part of the application process to fill the vacant Board of Education seat, each applicant submitted answers to nine questions. Below, are the candidates' answers to the following question...

Describe biographical information and relevant qualities and skills you would bring to the position.

Jessica Gupta

I am a licensed clinical social worker, a college instructor of multiple social work courses, and the owner of a successful private practice. Previously, I worked as the School Liaison for the largest nonprofit hospice organization in northeastern Ohio, guiding school administrators to provide effective support to the full school community, when a sudden loss occurred. These professional experiences combined with my natural strengths yield strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

My commitment and desire to seek the best outcomes for children is evident in every aspect of my work experience and volunteer history. My ability to organize, analyze and digest high volumes of complicated content in a timely manner, as is required each time I prepare to teach a new course or work with a new client, would serve this role well. Finally, my ability to be practical and pragmatic in a context of finite resources and regulatory challenges is another attribute that I believe would be a strength in this role.

Kristen Hall

When you look at my resume, you will see that I have an exceptionally diverse background. I started my career in politics and government working directly for the Governor and then on a gubernatorial campaign. I graduated in 2008 at the height of the recession. I spent timing working my way up in odd jobs and spending five years at Talmer Bank & Trust (now Huntington Bank). There I served along side the Executive Team and was Corporate Secretary for Talmer West Bank among the many hats I wore. I spent a good portion of my time filing and submitting regulatory requirements with the FDIC, SEC, and State of Michigan.

I taught 3 semesters at Oakland University Business School for Entrepreneurial Studies. I had the opportunity to join BASF where I served as PMO Program Manager managing new business launches and now work as an Account Manager in Mobile Emissions Catalyst. I graduated from MSU in 2008 with a BA in Social Relations in Policy and my MBA from Oakland University in 2013. I received my PMP certification in 2015 and co-founded a company called Mother Honestly which is focused on propelling women forward at home and in the workforce.

Ashish Rungta

I am 45 years old, have a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Master's in Computer Science, I taught full time for 12 years at Oakland Community College and retired as the department chair for computer Science before going to Medical school for MD degree at Wayne State University School of medicine. I got my MBA from University of Cincinnati. I volunteered for 3 years as a fire fighter for Auburn Hills Fire Department.

I am licensed Physician in MI and various other states and currently work as a Medical Director/Child & Adult Psychiatrist at Genesee Health system which is a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) in Flint MI. I have a 19 yo who is on a full four year ride at University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar. As a previous department chair of a college, with twelve years of teaching experience, I am intimately familiar with education and the need for good quality education. As a Medical Director I again deal with administrative duties on a daily basis.

Paul Wright

In my current role I serve as the leader of our companies information technology group so I believe I can provide both technical expertise in that area as well as having strong skills in project management, cost management and budget attainment. In this role I also serve as part of the companies leadership team so am comfortable providing direct constructive feedback to both my peer group and superiors in an open meeting format. In my role implementing software both in offices and on the factory floor I’ve had to communicate across multiple demographics in multiple countries gathering requirements, responding to frustrations commonly associated with change, and finding resolutions where conflict existed between different stakeholders. It would be my intention to utilize these skills when appropriate at RCS.

I have also served on customer advisory boards for multiple software companies for multiple years, it is often my job to build consensus around the community regarding the most effective use of resources, and then to provide transparency back to the community on why certain decisions were made, even when they were not popular.

4. Public Comment

5. Trustee Selection

6. Oath of Office

7. Adjournment

To view the complete Board of Education packet, go to: Borad of Education Packet

Meetings are broadcast on Comcast channel 19, WOW channel 15, and RCS Cable TV Simulcast. Recordings are also posted on the district's website following the meeting. NOTE: Source documents pertaining to items on the board agenda are available for review at the Rochester Community Schools District Web Site under Board of Education.

Anyone planning to attend the meeting who is in need of special assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act is asked to contact the Community Relations Department at 248-726-3185 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.


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To provide a quality education in a caring atmosphere for students to attain the necessary skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and contribute to a diverse, interdependent and changing world.

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