MASSP election season is just around the corner. Are you ready to take on a bigger role within the Association, be an advocate for your fellow administrators and help advance your career? Every year, one-third of the seats of the MASSP Board of Directors are up for election - It's almost time! This year MASSP is seeking candidates for:
- Region 1 Representative
- Region 3 Representative
- Region 5 Representative
- Region 7 Representative
- Middle Level East Representative
- Assistant Principal Central Representative
- NASSP Coordinator
For more information on each of these positions, the role of the MASSP Board of Directors and what the commitment entails, please read on.
Membership on the MASSP Board of Directors is a professional experience that is both challenging and rewarding. It is an opportunity to serve education through a leadership role in Michigan's largest building administrator organization. The effective presence of MASSP as a positive influence on Michigan's secondary schools depends in large measure upon the guidance of a highly qualified, well-informed Board of Directors and professional staff. Regardless of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age or disability or veteran status, every professional member - principal or assistant principal - of MASSP is eligible to become a candidate for membership on the Board of Directors. Members of the Board take justifiable pride in the leadership they provide to the extremely diverse membership, as well as for the thousands of middle level and high school youth. Board members must be aware of, and attuned to, the regional needs and concerns of Michigan; the variety of job responsibilities of individual members; rural, urban, and suburban education; minority considerations; and MASSP's relationship with other professional organizations and our state government.
The MASSP Board of Directors exists to help steer the direction of the Association. A prime requisite of candidates who wish to serve on the MASSP Board is a strong commitment to serve, as each term is three years in length. It is also necessary that the candidate's Superintendent, Board of Education, other building administrators, faculty and family support the candidate through their term on the Board. Board members are expected to be present at four meetings per year and also be in attendance at other events, specifically EdCon and the AP Summit. Board Members are asked to give additional input when needed on legislative and policy issues, and write at least one article for the MASSP website.
The following positions are up for election in 2021:
- President-Elect** (State-wide representation on the Executive Board. Candidates must have previously served on the MASSP Board of Directors)
- Region 1 Representative (Represents: Entire Upper Peninsula)
- Region 3 Representative (Represents: Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ottawa, Kent, and Ionia counties)
- Region 5 Representative (Represents: Sanilac, Lapeer, Gensee, and St. Clair counties)
- Region 7 Representative (Represents: Allegan, Barry, VanBuren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, and Branch counties)
- Middle Level East Representative (Represents Middle Level Members in: Sanilac, Lapeer, Gensee, St. Clair, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne counties and the City of Detroit)
- Assistant Principal Central Representative (Represents Assistant Principal Members in: the Upper Peninsula, as well as Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Isabella, Midland Bay, Gratiot, Saginaw, Tuscola, Huron, Clinton, Shiawassee, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw counties)
- NASSP Coordinator (Represents the state of Michigan at the National Association of Secondary School Principals and is the liaison between the two associations , must be a member of both MASSP and NASSP)
Nomination and Ballot Process
Interested in placing your name on this year's ballot? Please fill out this Candidate Nomination Form no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Before accessing the form, please be prepared to provide answers to the following questions. Each candidate's response will be published on the ballot.
- Biography: What is your current administrative position and how long have you served in that capacity?
- Experience: Tell us about your professional career including any awards, accolades or other important points of pride.
- Education: What post-secondary degrees have you obtained and from where? What additional continuing education have you received? Do you have a particular area of focus/expertise?
- Statement of intent: Why are you seeking this position on the MASSP Board of Directors?
- Required Documents: Candidates must also supply a letter of support from their Superintendent, as well as a headshot to be included on the ballot.
**President-Elect candidates must have previously served on the Board of Directors and must obtain petition signatures from 20 eligible voting members, in addition to completing the candidate nomination form noted above. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information regarding the petition form.
Electronic ballots will be made available to MASSP members during a two-week voting window from Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Questions? Please contact Maggie Helmer at email@example.com
Written by Maggie Helmer, MASSP Coordinator of Programs and Communications