Iron Mountain Public Schools welcomes Ben DeRidder, a new addition to the Iron Mountain Board of Education. DeRidder was a write-in candidate in the November 2022 election. He is a local residential designer, parent, and husband to Iron Mountain Special Education teacher, Audra DeRidder. He attended Kingsford High School and Ferris State University, where he earned his BA in Business Administration and Minor in Marketing and Sales. He is “excited to be involved with the school and to make a positive impact with students, parents, and teachers.” Read more about the Iron Mountain Public Schools Board of Education here.
Foz Burgoon was honored at the January 9 meeting for her seven years of dedication to the Iron Mountain Public School district during her time as Board of Education Trustee from 2015-2022. Superintendent Jerry Sardina and the Board of Education thank Foz for her service to the students, staff, and families of Iron Mountain.
The school board members were surprised by a banner handmade by the students of North and East Elementary, recognizing and thanking them for their dedication and loyalty to Iron Mountain Schools for “School Board Recognition Month” and each were given a personalized Iron Mountain School Board to-go mug.
The Iron Mountain Public School District exists in part because individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools. During the first month of the year, the staff, students, and families of the Iron Mountain community recognize, thank, and celebrate the seven individuals who make up the Iron Mountain Public School Board of Education and celebrate School Board Recognition Month.
-Rob Langsford, President, serving on the IMPS Board of Education since 2011, term expires in 2024.
-Lisa Basanese, Vice President, serving on the IMPS Board of Education since 2008, term expires in 2024.
-Lisa Carollo, Secretary, serving on the Board of Education since 2015, term expires in 2028.
-Shari Picucci-White, Treasurer, serving on the Board since 2021, term expires in 2026.
-Scott Celello, Trustee, who served on the IMPS Board of Education from 2002 to 2008 and again since 2019., term expires in 2026.
-Geno Basanese, Trustee, serving on the Board since 2018, term expires in 2024.
-Ben DeRidder, Trustee, serving on the Board since 2023, term expires in 2028.
The job of a school board member is tough, the hours long and the thanks few and far between. These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, community leaders, engaged citizens and parents at your school. During this month of recognition, we ask you to show your appreciation for their service. Please show your gratitude in some way for their time, effort and dedication to public education’s advancement. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority.
So on behalf of the students, and the staff at Iron Mountain Public Schools- thank you board members for everything you do!