Board of Education
The seven elected trustees of the Bloomfield Hills School Board are dedicated to the success of our students and are guided by the district's long-standing Mission Statement and the more recent 10 Guiding Principles. Each year the board works in conjunction with the superintendent to create Annual Goals. School board trustees are elected in even year November elections by the residents of our school district.
Board members work collaboratively to accomplish the Annual Goals, to hire and evaluate the superintendent, to monitor and create the policies that govern our students and district and to oversee the financial operations of the district. In fact, the board trustees are not involved in the day to day operations of the district.
The school board considers transparent operations and effective communication with all stakeholders of the district to be of the utmost importance. Trustees attend myriad district and community events and are members of many diverse community organizations. There is a time for public comment at all board meetings and board members are also available via email (see contact information on the right) and direct phone calls.
The school board members conduct their business in several ways, working closely with the superintendent and the cabinet. Guided by four officers (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer) elected each January, the board meets as a whole and also in smaller committees. All meetings are open to the public and provide a time for public comment. Agendas for all meetings are posted online and on the doors of the Booth Center. Generally, board meetings are held on periodic Thursday evenings at the Booth Center, with the regular portion of the meeting starting at 7pm.
It is during these regular meetings that official business will be brought to vote. Oftentimes, the board will meet as a whole in a study session prior to the regular meeting. In addition, all members of the board, with the exception of the president, are assigned to one of two committees. The committees are BIC (Board Instruction Committee) and FFLA (Finance, Facilities and Legal Affairs) and typically meet once per month. All dates and times for any of these meeting can be found on the calendar on district's web site.
If you are interested in running for a school board position, please contact the Oakland County Election Division. There are papers that need to be filed by the appropriate 'Last Date of Filing,' approximately 90 days before an election.
Jason Paulateer Appointed to BHS Board of Education
Jason Paulateer is the newest member of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education, filling the vacancy left by former Board of Education President, Ingrid Day.
Paulateer, who has an MBA with an emphasis on Finance and serves as the Vice President and Community Development Manager at PNC Bank, says he has a, "vested interest in the success of this school district," and he also states that he considers himself an advocate for children and education. "One of my core beliefs is that education is a critical component for a successful life. I believe that community service is the rent that we pay for our very lives."
Paulateer was involved in the district's Master Property Planning process and has been involved in the community through Cub Scouts, Volleyball Boosters, Leadership Oakland, and many others. He has also participated in the Institute for Healing Racism, which is part of the Bloomfield Hills Schools mission to create a more equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students and their families.
When asked what he believes the role of the Board is in the district, he says, "The Board should hire and manage the performance of a high performing superintendent to carry out the vision as adopted by the board and informed by the community that placed them there. The board should provide financial oversight and approve budgets that enhance educational outcomes while maintaining sustainability. Both the Board and Superintendent are responsible for bringing along other stakeholders to the table in support of the school district."
"I am pleased to work with Mr. Paulateer in this capacity," says Dr. Robert Glass, Superintendent for Bloomfield Hills Schools and 2017 Superintendent of the Year for Michigan. "I have had the pleasure of working with him on other occasions and know he will be an excellent representative for our school community. He is passionate about education and has excellent experience serving on Boards. He is a current board member of Communities First Inc. of Flint, Develop Detroit, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and Gleaners Community Food Bank to name just a few."
"Bloomfield Hills Schools seeks to create free and independent thinkers," says Paulateer. "Free and independent thinkers have the wherewithal and intellectual prowess to think on their own as leaders. I believe Bloomfield Hills Schools provides a wide variety of opportunities that allow its students to have many different and varying experiences."
Paulateer took the oath of office on Friday, July 14, 2017, officially joining the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education.