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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.

Bond Update

Bond Updates

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Schedules and Minutes

Board Bylaws & Policies

Neola policies

Other Policies

Federal Cash & Financial Management Policy

Merit Pay Policy

Nondiscrimination On the Basis of Sex In Education Programs or Activities

 
Board Members & Contacts

Nels Christopherson PotraitNels Christopherson, 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 President, chair of the Finance committee and serves on the Curriculum & Facilities 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.

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

Philip "Buck" Foltz portraitPhilip Foltz has served on the Houghton-Portage Township School Board since 1996. He currently chairs the Athletic/Transportation Committee, and serves on the Personnel/Policy and Negotiations Committees. 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 2026.

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

Amanda Massaway has served on the Houghton-Portage Township School Board since 2017. She currently is the Board Vice President and chairs the Personnel/Policy Committee and serves on the Finance and Curriculum 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 expires in December of 2026.

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

Rob Fay was appointed to the Houghton-Portage Township School Board in 2019 and is currently the Board Treasurer. He chairs the School Improvement Committee and serves on the Facilities and Personnel/Policy Committees. 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 Board term expires in December of 2022.

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 Negotiations Committee and serves on the Finance and School Improvement 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.

Brent Burns, TrusteeBrent Burns portrait
906-281-7746
bburns@mtu.edu

Brent Burns was appointed to the Houghton-Portage Township School Board in 2020. Originally from East Lansing, MI, he first came to the Keweenaw to play Michigan Tech Football and earn a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (2003). Brent also has a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy from Michigan Tech. He worked as an engineer in both the Appleton, WI and Detroit, MI areas before returning to Houghton in 2007 to work for Michigan Tech as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, moving to Director of Industry Relations, and is currently the Director of Corporate Research & Federal Relations. He has previously held positions in the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce and coached a variety of area youth sports including junior varsity and varsity football at Houghton High School. Brent and his wife, Catherine, live in the City of Houghton with their two children who currently attend the Houghton schools. Mr. Burn's Board term expires in December of 2026.

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 chairs the Facilities Committee and serves on the Athletic/Transportation and School Improvement Committees. 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 Board term expires in December of 2022.