ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP — At the August 8, 2016 Board of Education meeting, Trustee Jim Crawley announced his resignation effective immediately. Crawley has accepted a position at Alma College, and will be relocating for his new position.

Crawley’s term was expiring in December of this year, and he had already announced he would not be seeking re-election. Crawley was elected to the Allendale Board of Education 11 years ago. As Crawley quoted, “Serving on this Board, as well as Shepherd Public Schools previously, provided both educational and enriching experiences…Board members serve because they want to make a difference.  I would like to think that I have done so.”

Crawley was an active member of the Music Boosters for many years and worked tirelessly to bring a wide variety of events to the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center.  He also served on the District’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Allendale Parent & Booster Organizations’ Board.  “Jim has been a valuable member of our Board of Education for many years.  He always provided excellent insights and opinions on school matters with a continuous focus on what are best for our students”, said Superintendent Dan Jonker.

The Allendale Public School Board of Education is seeking applications to fill the vacated position. An individual appointed to fill the vacancy will serve through Dec. 31, 2016, and will be replaced Jan. 1, 2017, based upon the Nov. 8 school board election this year.

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest and their qualifications to the Board Secretary no later than 4 p.m. August 18, 2016 to the District Office at: Sheryl Pineiro, Board Secretary, 10505 Learning Lane, Allendale, MI 49401. There also is an online form for interested applicants under a spotlight on the front page of the District Website at

Following a review of the submitted applications, the school board will schedule interviews for the evening of Wednesday, August 24, 2016. For more information, call the District Office at (616) 892-5570.


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