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UCS Board re-elects officers
UCS Board re-elects officers
Posted on 01/14/2020
Group photo of UCS Board membersFour experienced Utica Community Schools Board of Education members were unanimously re-elected to officer positions at an organizational meeting January 13.

The Board voted 7-0 to re-elect Dr. Robert Ross as president, Dr. Mary Thomas as vice president, Michele Templeton as treasurer and Denyeal Nesovski as secretary. 

Trustees for 2020 are Jennifer Prybys, Kimberly Becker and Kelli Rankin. 

“Our Board of Education provides the stable leadership that allows our staff, students and families to focus on teaching and learning,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Their commitment allows UCS to remain a destination district that meets the high standards of our community.”

Dr. Ross called the selection of officers a “solemn, important responsibility” of the Board of Education. 
“Working together, our seven Board of Education members are committed to the success of every student in Michigan’s second largest school district,” Dr. Ross said. “We take seriously the responsible stewardship of taxpayers’ funds and the effective use of resources to achieve our educational mission.” 

This is the second straight year the Board will maintain its current officers. 

Over the past year, the Board’s leadership has guided the implementation of the first phase of a five-year facility improvement program set into motion when voters approved a $155 million bond issue. 

The projects – which support student safety, technology and the district’s long-range infrastructure improvement program – remain on schedule and within budget. 

The district continues to be recognized for its fiscal leadership through its annual audit. For the 16th straight year, independent auditors awarded the district its highest level of assurance of strong financial controls and policies. 

Utica Community Schools has also been recognized for the past seven years for meeting national standards for transparency in reporting financial information. The district is among approximately 500 nationally to earn a Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting award for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Association of School Business Officials International.  

As Board president, Dr. Ross will preside over regular and special meetings and other leadership duties as required by the office. A Sterling Heights resident and professor at University of Detroit Mercy, Dr. Ross has four children who have graduated from the district.  He has served the community since 2004. 

Dr. Thomas will serve as the Board’s vice president. A five-year member of the Board, Dr. Thomas is a counselor at Oakland Community College. She has one child in Utica Community Schools.

Templeton, of Sterling Heights, has been on the board for 15 years and will serve another term as treasurer. She is a lifelong resident of the district and the parent of a Utica Community Schools graduate.  

Nesovski, a three-year member, will serve as the Board’s secretary. A Shelby Township resident, she has three children who attend Utica Community Schools. She is a data analyst at United Shore Financial Services, Inc.