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 [email protected].

Marquette Area Public School Board Members

Front Row L to R: Dr. Brian Cherry, Kristen Cambensy, James Randall
Back Row L to R: Jennifer Ray, Glenn Sarka, James Hewitt, Jennifer Klipp 


Marquette Area Public Schools is joining 537 local and 56 intermediate school districts across Michigan to celebrate January as School Board Recognition Month.

In another year full of challenges for public education, our school board members persevered through the adversity of 2021 to provide the best possible education for our students. Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one of the very small ways to express appreciation for all they do.

The individuals serving MAPS and their years of service are:

James Randall, President, serving since 2017

Dr. Brian Cherry, Vice-President, serving 2011 to 2014 and again since 2017

Kristen Cambensy, Secretary/Treasurer, serving since 2015

James Hewitt, Trustee, serving since 2015

Glenn Sarka, Trustee, serving since 2019

Jennifer Klipp, Trustee, serving since 2021

Jennifer Ray, Trustee, serving since 2021

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.

No matter what challenges lie ahead for our district in 2022, our school board members will continue to govern to improve student achievement and provide exceptional education for all our community’s children.

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