East Lansing Board of Education Names Members of its Bond Committee

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8:36 am
Karessa Wheeler

The East Lansing Board of Education has named 22 community members, including the current Mayor of East Lansing, to the committee that will guide the Board through its next bond election.

Led by Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing as Chair, the Bond Committee includes residents from throughout the East Lansing School District, including:

  • Daniel E. Bollman
  • Robert Burns
  • Terah Chambers
  • Steven Haider
  • Sameer Hamadna
  • Richard Houang
  • Joan Ilardo
  • Henry James
  • Dichondra Johnson
  • Michael Kaplowitz
  • Judy Kehler
  • Erica Loomis
  • Samantha Marable
  • Mark Meadows
  • Gretchen Neisler
  • Allison Parker-Johnson
  • Karin Pfeiffer
  • David K. Powers
  • Joanne Russell
  • Lisa Rutkowski
  • Mary Schulz


At least nine of the members are employed by Michigan State University, including Dr. Chambers, an associate professor of education administration, Dr. Haider, Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Economics, Dr. Neisler, Director of the Center for Global Connections and Dr. Kaplowitz, chair of the Department of Community Sustainability.

Other members include an architect, a small business owner, and employees of the Michigan Departments of Veteran Affairs and the Michigan Department of Aging.

The new Committee will meet on Thursday Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Board’s meeting room at East Lansing High school. They are charged with surveying the community starting Aug. 29 with results expected Oct. 3. A final report is due to the Board of Education on Nov. 28.

Trustees hope to have a technology and infrastructure bond before voters in the spring of 2017. The previous bond measure designed to overhaul the district’s five elementary school was defeated in 2012.

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