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Board of Education

The HPTS Board's role is to oversee and set school policy, hire and work in partnership with the superintendent and oversee the District budget. Regular Board meetings are held once a month on the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. Every Board of Education meeting includes an opportunity for public comment.

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Board Members & Contacts

Philip "Buck" Foltz portraitPhilip "Buck" Foltz, President
906-482-4192
FoltzP@michigan.gov

Philip Foltz has served on the Houghton-Portage Township School Board since 1996. He is currently the Board President, chairs the Personnel/Policy committee, and serves on the Curriculum and Facilities. Besides positions he has held at BHK and the City of Houghton, he volunteers with many community organizations including: member of Houghton Volunteer Fire Department since 1992, member of the Houghton All-Sports Boosters, serves on the Dee Stadium Locker Room Fundraising Committee, and participated in building an outdoor ice skating facility in West Houghton. Foltz and his wife Karen have three children, Mindy who is married, and Tristan and Annika who are both graduates of Houghton High School. Mr. Foltz's Board term expires in December of 2020.

Nels Christopherson PotraitNels Christopherson, Vice President
906-482-6086
nels@mtu.edu

Nels Christopherson has lived in Houghton for over 35 years, first as a student at MTU and now as a retired instructor. He was first elected to the Board in 1991 and is currently the Vice President, chair of the Facilities committee and serves on the Finance and Personal/Policy committees. He is also a member of the CCISD Board of Education. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Gremlins and Houghton, and the Copper Country in general. He enjoys traveling, trout fishing, cross country skiing, and especially taking saunas! Dr. Christopherson's Board term expires in December of 2024.

Amanda Massaway PotraitAmanda Massaway, Treasurer
906-370-5700
amassaway@houghton.k12.mi.us

Amanda Massaway was recently appointed to the Board. She currently chairs the Curriculum Committee and serves on the Finance and Community/Student Affairs committees. For the last 15 years, she has worked in various corporate accounting roles for a global retailer and is currently a member of the Houghton Rotary club. Amanda grew up in Northeast Wisconsin and went to college at Indiana University. She and her husband Mike have 4 young children and they enjoy many of the outdoor and youth activities found in the UP. Mrs. Massaway's term will be up for election in December of 2020.

Crystal Verran PortraitCrystal Verran, Secretary
906-523-4814
ceverran@mtu.edu

Crystal Verran was elected to the Board in May 2010. She is the Board Secretary, chairs the Curriculum committee and serves on the Athletics/Transportation and Personnel/Policy committees. Crystal works at Michigan Technological University in the marketing and communications department, where she is the director of operations. Prior to serving as the director of operations, Crystal was a graphic designer within the department. She is a former member of the Houghton High School Gremlins All Sports Booster Club. Crystal and her husband, Derrick, have two children, Zachary and Samantha, both graduates of Houghton High School. She enjoys camping, fishing, riding the trails, spending time with family, and watching Michigan Tech athletics and arts events. Mrs. Verran's Board term expires in December of 2020.

Brad Baltensperger portraitBrad Baltensperger, Trustee
906-482-6739
brad@mtu.edu

Brad Baltensperger has served on the Houghton-Portage Township School Board since 1988. He currently chairs the School Improvement committee and serves on the Athletics/Transportation and Negotiations committees. Baltensperger was president of the Michigan Association of School Boards, 1999-2000, and currently serves on the MASB Board of Directors. He also helped establish the Copper Country Association of School Boards. Baltensperger received his education at the University of Nebraska and Clark University. He is a research professor of geography and education at Michigan Technological University. He enjoys cross country skiing, gardening, choral singing and his term ends in December of 2024.

Rob Fay portraitRob Fay, Trustee
906-523-5647
fay_robert@yahoo.com

Rob Fay was appointed to the Houghton-Portage Township School Board in 2019. He graduated from Michigan Tech in 2002 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering after growing up in the Copper Country. Rob and his wife Lisa live in Portage Township with their three children who currently attend the Houghton schools. He is a Project Manager for a local engineering firm. He enjoys family, sports, and camping. He has been a longtime sports official for the Michigan High School Athletic Association. He has also served on the HPTS Foundation Board and the Portage Lake Little League Board. Mr. Fay's term will be up for election in November 2020.

Scott Leonard PortraitScott Leonard, Trustee
906-370-7014
sleonard@houghtonsheriff.com

Scott Leonard was appointed to the Houghton-Portage Township School Board in 2019. He graduated from Houghton High School and Northern Michigan University. Scott and his wife live in Portage Township with their two children who currently attend the Houghton schools. He is a Deputy with the Houghton County Sheriff's Office. He is the union president for the sheriff's department chapter of Police Officers Association of Michigan. Mr. Leonard's term will be up for election in November 2020.