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Bloomfield Hills
Board of Education

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Bloomfield Hills, 48301
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Board Intern Program

Two board interns per school year will share the student voice with Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education for the incorporation of student perspective in district policy, strategic planning, and decision making. Interns, along with the program’s student advisory council members, will also help in the dissemination of important district information to the student body.

Program Composition: The Board Intern Program will consist of two board interns, and up to six student advisory council members. The two board interns will be the primary point of contact for district leadership and board members. Student advisory council members will work collaboratively with the two interns on all initiatives.

Program Expectations: Throughout the school year, students will work primarily with the Board Intern Program Committee, the Board of Education, and the Office of the Superintendent. Students selected to be part of the Board Intern Program can expect to be involved in the following ways throughout the school year:

  • Develop ways to gather student feedback and share student concerns to the Board
  • Create channels of communication to reach the students and convey information to the student population
  • Understand and follow guidelines of Board behavior, including:
    • Confidentiality
    • Spokesperson
    • Working as part of a team
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Punctuality
    • Preparedness
    • Civil discourse
    • Chain of command
  • Embrace public speaking, and be comfortable presenting to audiences of varying sizes
  • Demonstrate respect for all people and issues addressed


Criteria for Candidacy:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a Bloomfield Hills High School (BHHS, Bowers, IA)
  • Must be a rising junior or senior in the upcoming school year
  • Must commit to participating in the program for one school year
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Must be comfortable working collaboratively with students, staff, and trustees
  • Must be actively involved within the school community, and be willing to contribute to the betterment of Bloomfield Hills Schools on behalf of students K-12
  • Must be willing to commit to representing a large constituency of students, and the responsibility of collecting or sharing information with stakeholders
  • Must be willing to attend and participate in meetings and events that are broadcasted and recorded
  • Must be able to manage the time commitment which includes preparing for and attending meetings,
  • Must be willing to participate in student leadership development opportunities that may be offered
  • Must be willing to participate in training to learn about advocacy, governance, and/or other duties and responsibilities affiliated with being a member of a Board of Education

Application Process: By Friday, May 6, 2022 at 4 p.m., please email pwatson@bloomfield.org with a cc: to rcatherincchia@bloomfield.org, the following three documents in PDF format:

  1. Scanned PDF of the completed application, inclusive of the three signatures required.
  2. Current resume (limited to one page)
  3. Letter of interest (not to exceed 250 words) on why you are interested in applying to be part of the Board Intern Program for the 2022-23 school year, and what you hope to accomplish and learn from the experience, if selected

​​​​​​​Next Steps: Please reference the following time frames, methods of communication, and important dates as next steps as part of the Board Intern Program:

  • Application deadline is Friday, May 6, 2022 @ 4 p.m.
  • First round interviews will be held the weeks of May 16 and 23. First round interviews will be conducted virtually and will include three board members and the superintendent. Candidates will be able to pick from a list of pre-selected dates and times.
  • Candidates will receive an email on Friday, May 27 thanking them for their interest, or inviting them to a second interview
  • Second round interviews will be scheduled the week of May 30. Second round interviews will be conducted virtually and will include three board members and the superintendent. Candidates will be able to pick from a list of pre-selected dates and times.
  • The Board of Education will review the recommendation of the Board Intern Program Committee at a Study Session scheduled for Thursday, June 9. Students' names will not be announced or referenced during this meeting.
  • The Board of Education will act on the recommendation of the Board Intern Program Committee at the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 23. Students’ names will not be announced or referenced during this meeting.
  • All second round candidates will receive a personal phone call on Friday, June 24, from the superintendent or a board member notifying them of the decision of the Board of Education.
  • Save the Date: As part of the Board Intern Program, a student leadership retreat is tentatively being planned on Thursday, September 1. Details will be shared via email over the summer months.
  • Formal announcement of the 2022-23 Board Interns and Student Advisory Council members will take place at the first broadcasted meeting of the school year, scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at the Doyle Center for Professional Development.

Contact

Email: board@bloomfield.org


Board of Education Members

John VanGemert

President
JVanGemert@bloomfield.org
Term Expires: 2025

Siva Kumar

Vice President
SKumar@bloomfield.org
Term Expires: 2025

Jennifer Matlow

Secretary
JMatlow@bloomfield.org
Term Expires: 2022

Michelle Southward

Treasurer
MSouthward@bloomfield.org
Term Expires: 2025

Howard Baron

Trustee
HBaron@bloomfield.org
Term Expires: 2022

Lisa Efros

Trustee
LEfros@bloomfield.org
Term Expires: 2022

Paul Kolin

Trustee
PKolin@bloomfield.org
Term Expires: 2022