Board of Education

Mission Statement
 - With an exemplary staff and rigorous curriculum, our mission is to maximize the academic potential of every child.

Vision Statement - Marquette Area Public Schools, with the support of parents and community, will graduate students who are college and career ready and prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Adopted January 28, 2013 by the Board of Education

The School Trustees are trustees primarily charged with the vision, budget, goals and policy for all children in the district. Any operational or staffing issues should be first addressed with the building principal, then to the Superintendent. If you wish to email an issue to the board, please direct your inquiry to


Marquette Area Public School Board Members

L to R: Vice-President Dr. Brian Cherry,  Secretary-Treasurer Kristen Cambensy,  Trustee Glenn Sarka,  Board President James Randall, and Trustee James Hewitt 
Not Pictured Trustee Jennifer Ray and Trustee Jennifer Klipp 


Marquette Area Public Schools is joining 544 local and 57 intermediate school districts across Michigan to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

In a year full of challenges for public education not seen in recent history, our school board members persevered through the adversity of 2020 to provide the best possible education for our students.  We would like to sincerely thank them for all that they do.  Our current board members are:

James Randall, President

Dr. Brian Cherry, Vice-President

Kristen Cambensy, Secretary/Treasurer

James Hewitt, Trustee

Glenn Sarka, Trustee

Jennifer Klipp, Trustee

Jennifer Ray, Trustee

Also serving in 2020 were Rich Rossway, serving as School Board President and who served on the MAPS School Board for 21 years, Keith Glendon who served on the MAPS School Board for over two years, and Michael Kohler, who served on the MAPS School Board for over seven years.

School board members represent the views and priorities of their community in the complex system of maintaining and running a district’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Michigan.  Too often, the efforts of school board members go unrecognized.

The school board’s main goal is to support student achievement. To achieve that goal, the board focuses on the following needs:

  • Creating a vision for what parents and citizens want their school district to become and how to make student achievement the top priority.
  • Setting standards for what students must learn and be able to do.
  • Assessing whether schools achieve their goals and whether students are learning.
  • Accounting for the outcomes of decisions and by tracking progress and reporting results.
  • Aligning the use of the district’s human and financial resources.
  • Creating a safe and orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach.
  • Collaborating to solve common problems and to support common successes.
  • Focusing on continuous improvement by questioning, examining, revising, refining and revisiting issues related to student achievement.

Even though January is School Board Recognition month, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round effort on their part.  No matter what challenges lie ahead for our district in 2021, our school board members will continue to govern to improve student achievement and provide exceptional education for all our community’s children.

Thanks to all of our School Board Members for your service! 

BoE Members

James Randall (12/22)
BoE President
Dr. Brian Cherry (12/22)
BoE Vice-President
Kristen Cambensy (12/24)
BoE Secretary-Treasurer
James Hewitt (12/24)
BoE Trustee
Glenn Sarka (12/24)
BoE Trustee
Jennifer Klipp (12/26)
BoE Trustee
Jennifer Ray (12/26)
BoE Trustee