Holland hires associate superintendent, students working on veterans wall
, 2022-11-25 05:05:06,
HOLLAND — Holland Public Schools is welcoming a new associate superintendent of school improvement.
More:Holland Public appoints Laura McCloud as new associate superintendent of student services
The district’s school board approved the hire of Melissa Remillard to the position during a meeting Monday, Nov. 21. Remillard will start in the role Nov. 28.
Superintendent Nick Cassidy informed the board Remillard has spent nearly two decades in education, including the last eight as a principal. Remillard is currently an elementary principal in Paw Paw.
“She has produced results in each of her schools by improving climate and culture, increasing test scores and increasing student enrollment,” Cassidy said of Remillard. He added that she “will refocus our efforts on academic excellence and will focus on what is best for students and will be a great support for our staff.”
Remillard takes over for Laura McCloud, who recently transitioned to associate superintendent of student services for HPS.
Students working on wall for veterans
Students Seth Rodriguez and Robert Jordan informed the board of a student-led project to create a wall honoring veterans from Holland High. A student committee has been working with assistant principal Josh Rumpsa and Ken Freestone to plan the project.
“While our school hosts an annual Veterans Day celebration, we wanted to create something that honors veterans and military service beyond that single day,” said Rodriguez, a sophomore.
Jordan, a senior and member of the Civil Air Patrol, told the board the project would include recognition for two Medal of Honor recipients from Holland High, as well as names of fallen soldiers who attended the school.
He said the next steps are finishing designs, getting quotes for the project and getting school approval.
Disc golf course
Holland Early College math teacher Jeff Kordich provided the board with an update to a proposal for a disc golf course at Holland High.
Board members had asked Kordich to get student feedback and think of ways to make a potential course accessible to all students.
Kordich surveyed students, generating 329 responses at the high school and 148 at the middle school, asking if they’d be interested in a disc golf course.
At the high school, about 74 percent said yes or maybe, while 65 percent of middle school responders said either yes or maybe.
To make the course more accessible, Kordich said he hopes to establish a disc golf library where students…
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