Hudsonville Public Schools
3886 Van Buren
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-1740
Fax: (616) 669-4878
Dr. Douglas VanderJagt
Dear Hudsonville Community,
I hope your summer has been enjoyable and you have been able to spend quality time with family and friends enjoying this beautiful Michigan weather. We anxiously look forward to greeting our students, staff, and families in and around our schools as we embark on the 2019-2020 school year! I have been blessed to serve as the Superintendent of Hudsonville Public Schools, and look forward to continuing the excellence of our district has demonstrated within the state.
The upcoming school year will undoubtedly come with many success stories and events we all will celebrate. As we prepare for another amazing year, we have several new faces and positions throughout the District. Based on the passage of the county enhancement millage last fall, we are instituting additional staff to support the emotional needs of our students. We welcome Melissa Bernard to lead our student services department in this endeavor. She will be working with all buildings, at all levels, as we seek to support the social, emotional, and mental needs of our students. We also welcome two new administrators to our leadership team, as Joe Szymanski and Tracy Horodyski will be bringing their talents and experience to Hudsonville. After spending nine years teaching in our system, Mr. Szymanski most recently spent his time in the Rockford system as a secondary administrator and now will be gracing the halls of the high school, as he replaces Melissa Bernard. Mrs. Horodyski spent most of her 19-year career in Kenowa Hills and was recognized as Michigan Teacher of the Year in 2016. She will be serving as Assistant Principal at Baldwin Street Middle School, and we look forward to seeing her shine in that role.
Hudsonville also welcomes several new teaching and support staff throughout the district. As our student population continues to grow, we have amazing administrators that work diligently over the summer filling vacancies. This year alone we welcome 28 new educators throughout the district. We certainly are excited to see these professionals dedicate their time, energy and talents into teaching our children.
This year we have several initiatives as we look to build on continuous improvement. First, we will be asking our community to consider a bond issue in the fall that is intended to address the growth of our district. Please look for detailed information throughout the fall on this important issue. We will be conducting several community meetings, and provide detailed documentation on our website. Please do your best to be well informed on this plan prior to the November 5th election day.
Finally, we look forward to spending the school year evaluating all our processes and setting a course of action for the future of Hudsonville Public Schools. This year we will embark on our next strategic plan which will define the next three years of work within our system. In early winter we will seek input from our community, as we form focus groups to gather information. We will also gain additional data from our entire community, staff, and students with multiple surveys. As we look to shape the future of our district, our short term, long term, and ongoing goals will drive the future of our district.
While it is hard to believe that the class of 2020 will be graduating at the conclusion of this school year, we will certainly celebrate the accomplishments of our staff and students throughout the year. I look forward to experiencing first-hand the amazing community and school system that has been provided for our kids. I know, personally, the commitment our district has with our local businesses and community members and I am eager to see these relationships continue to develop. Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Doug VanderJagt, Ph.D.