Heath takes over as president as APS board gets organized for 2021-22

The Alpena Public Schools board of education held its annual organizational meeting Monday, to coincide with the new fiscal year that started July 1.

And the board moved in a new direction by voting Ned Heath president, replacing Gordon Snow.

Heath was born and raised in Alpena, moved out of the area for a period of time and moved back in 2016. He has been on the board since July 2017, and was elected to a new four-year term in November 2018. Snow had been president since 2016.

“My goal is to bring the community, staff and the board together,” Heath said. “In the end it’s about the kids and making sure their needs for education are being met.”

The board re-elected Stacey Parr vice-president and Snow takes over for Heath as treasurer. Lorie Kneeshaw will stay on as board secretary. The remaining board members include Eric Lawson, Ken Gembel, Anna Meinhardt and Thomas Hilberg.

As part of the organizational meeting, the board selected legal firms, an auditor, depositories for school funds and much more. Committee assignments for board members were also confirmed.

The board will continue to meet on the third Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m.

Board members serve 4-year terms without pay.

PHOTO: Alpena Public Schools board of education president Ned Heath.