Board of Education
The Lowell Board of Education works collectively and conscientiously to establish programs and procedures which will best help all students to achieve at their highest potential, and do so within the financial limitations of the district. The Board of Education functions as a legislative body in formulating and adopting policy, by selecting an executive officer to implement policy and by evaluating the results. Our Board of Education functions openly, and seeks the involvement and contributions of the public, students and staff. Your communication, as a school community is extremely important to us and we welcome your input!
Jim Turner: President
Jim Turner was elected to the Board of Education in May 2005. His term expires in December 2022. Mr. Turner graduated from Rogers High School in Wyoming, Michigan. His course work has been in labor studies and in waste water treatment. Jim is a retired waste water treatment operator from the City of Grand Rapids. Jim and his wife Pat have two children Melissa Tichelaar and Kerrie VerWys, as well as 7 grandchildren and 4 great grand-children. All of his children and grand-children have attended Lowell Area Schools. When asked to tell something fun about himself that no one would expect, he said that he likes listening to the Oldies station and occasionally tries to dance.
Brian Krajewski: Vice President
Brian Krajewski was elected to the Board of Education in 2011. His term expires in December 2020. Brian is the Director of Administrative Operations at Blue Cross Blue Shield. He holds a Bachelor of Science Plastics Engineering Technology Degree from Ferris State University. Brian is a tireless volunteer in our community: Pink Arrow Board Member; Gilda’s Club Charter Board Member. Brian and his wife Julie have a son, Derek (Lowell Class of 2014), who is studying Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell, and a daughter, Danielle (Lowell Class of 2015), studying Plastics Engineering Technology at Ferris State University. The Krajewski family have lived in Lowell for over 18 years.
Pat Nugent: Secretary
Pat Nugent was elected to the Board of Education in June 1998. His term expires in December 2022. He serves as Chairman of the St. Patrick Church History Committee, member of the St. Patrick Cemetery Committee, and has held the position of president of the Grattan Township Historical Society. Mr. Nugent earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History Education from Michigan State University. He also has a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University. Pat has been serving as Secretary of the Board of Education since 1999. He also serves as the Board representative to the Lowell Education Foundation. Pat teaches at West Catholic High School.
Gary Blough: Treasurer
Gary Blough was elected to the Board of Education in 2010. His term expires in December 2022. Gary is a Partner with Family-Owned 3000+ Acre Crop Farm, Blu Sky farms in Lowell and is a retired mail carrier from the Lowell Post Office. Gary earned an Associates in Business Administration, from Grand Rapids Junior College and 36 Years as Chief financial Officer and Co-Owner of Growing Dairy and Crop Farm. Mr. Blough has volunteered as a docent and for other activities at Lowell Historical Museum. A long time Lowell resident, Gary has a wife Laurie, and two children who are graduates of Lowell Area Schools. Gary embraces the educational philosophy that our local values as parents, teachers, and community leaders, should serve as the educational guide for the students of Lowell Area Schools.
Tom Kaywood: Trustee
Tom was appointed to the Board of Education in November 2011. His term expires in December 2020. Tom and his wife Lisa have lived in the Lowell school district for more than 15 years, have a graduate of Lowell High School and one child still in our district. They are active supporters of Lowell Area Schools. Tom is an architect who has spent much of his career designing public education facilities. We are excited about the unique experience and perspective he brings to the Board.
Laurie Kuna: Trustee
Laurie was elected to the Board in November 2012. Her term expires in December 2020. She retired in 2010 after 29 years teaching English—including literature, composition, journalism and creative writing—at Lowell High School. Now days, she spends her time in various writing pursuits and traveling. She holds both a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree from Michigan State University. Her Board goal is simple in theory—find economically responsible ways of providing Lowell Area Schools’ staff and students with the tools and resources necessary to succeed. She also accepts the far more complicated challenge of making that goal a reality.
Dan Stephens: Trustee
Dan was appointed to the Board in September 2017. His term expires December 2020. He has been married to his wife Kim for 28 years and has lived in Lowell for 21 years. They have 7 children, 4 have graduated from Lowell (all currently attending college) and 3 are still in the district. Dan is the program manager for General Motors and has worked there for 32 years. Dan spends time following and supporting his children’s sports activities. Dan feels he lives in the best school system and very much appreciates what Lowell Area Schools offers his children.