Position Vacancy for the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education
Rochester, MI, April 12, 2023 – The Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District is actively
seeking to fill a vacant position following the resignation of Trustee Scott Muska. All eligible candidates
are encouraged to apply.
The Board will follow the Revised School Code and Michigan Election Law in appointing an eligible candidate to fill the trustee position. When the appointee takes the Oath of Office, their term will begin immediately and continue through December 31, 2024.
For consideration as a candidate, the application, along with a resume, must be received by the President of the Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District by 12pm on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Postmark dates will not be considered.
Methods of return include any of the following:
1. Online (preferred method): To access the application, CLICK HERE.
2. Hardcopy: The application is attached. Drop off or mail to: Rochester Community School District Administration Building, 52585 Dequindre Rd, Rochester, MI 48307. All packets should be addressed: “To the Attention of Michelle Bueltel, President, Board of Education of the Rochester Community School District.”
A special meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 6:30pm at 3838 Rochester Road, Rochester, Michigan, to identify which applicants will move to the interview phase. On Tuesday, May 2, 2023, another special meeting will be held to meet candidates, conduct public interviews, and select a trustee. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 6:30pm. Special meeting times may be adjusted depending on the number of applications and interviews.
General duties and responsibilities of a Board member include: collaborating with board colleagues to coordinate initiatives with the superintendent of schools; establishing policy for the district while working in conjunction with the RCS administrative team and legal counsel; adopting the budget and aligning funding priorities with district goals; determining school facility needs; and responding to community ideas.
Commitments include: attending and preparing for the Board of Education meetings and closed sessions; participating in school assignments, which average approximately six meetings or activities per year; participating in district liaison assignments, which average one per month (i.e. seats on committees within the greater Rochester area or within the Oakland Schools organization); and, joining in commemoration ceremonies, to include commencements and honors events. Other duties may include approximately two additional meetings or activities per month.
To be eligible to serve on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education, candidates must be a qualified school elector. Being a qualified school elector means a candidate must be a registered voter in the district. Additionally, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States of America, a resident of the state of Michigan for at least 30 days, and a resident of the Rochester Community School District.
Any individual who has been convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust related to an elective office or position of government employment is disqualified from service on the Board.
The application timeline is as follows. Special meeting times may be adjusted depending on the number of applications and interviews. Additional information is available on the RCS Website.
• Monday, April 10 – Vacancy announced to the community
• Thursday, April 20, at 12pm – Deadline for receipt of applications
• Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30pm – Special meeting to identify applicants who will move to the interview phase.
• Tuesday, May 2, at 6pm - Open house to meet candidates , at 6:30pm - Special meeting with candidate interviews
Gratitude for Scott Muska’s Service
Scott Muska has served on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education since his appointment
in July of 2019. He was elected by voters to a six-year term in 2020.
On Monday, Muska announced his resignation in an email to Board of Education President Michelle Bueltel, which stated, “I am writing this communication to serve as a formal record of my resignation from the Rochester Community Schools Board of Trustees, effective immediately. The ferocity and pace of things in career and life have a gravitational pull that is preventing me from participating in a meaningful way. That is not deserving of our team nor the community in general. Thank you for being such an excellent colleague over the last 3+ years. I know that more committed and consistent hands will serve the role better.”
Bueltel acknowledged Muska’s contributions to the board during his nearly four years of service. “Scott was a strategic thinker with a creative mind and a collaborative attitude,” Bueltel said. “We wish him the best and thank him for his dedication to Rochester Community Schools.”
Rochester Community Schools Board Members
Michelle Bueltel, president, serves through Dec. 31, 2024
Barbara Anness, vice president, serves through Dec. 31, 2024
Kristin Bull, treasurer, serves through Dec. 31, 2026
Jessica Gupta, secretary, serves through Dec. 31, 2028
Carol Beth Litkouhi, trustee, serves through Dec. 31, 2028
Andrew Weaver, trustee, serves through Dec. 31, 2024
[Vacancy] candidate would serve through Dec. 31, 2024
Rochester Community Schools Mission
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.
April 17, 2023, Rochester Community Schools, Rochester.Life