Education Service Center
Student success is not only dependent on a quality instructional staff, but also a dedicated staff of support services employees. The Education Service Center is home to the superintendent and central office administrators as well as the departments of: business services, communications, human services, information services, instructional services, operations, special education, technology services, transportation, and the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Program. Staff members in each of these departments strive to provide the best possible support to staff, students, parents, and community members.
The Business Services Department is responsible for the overall business operations of the District including: budgeting and forecasting, cash management and investing, accounts payable and receivable, financial accounting and reporting, auditing, liability insurance, and property management.
This department ensures effective communication between internal and external audiences, and facilitates a variety of two-way communication opportunities via the district newsletter and website, and GHTV, as well as serves as a liaison with community organizations.
The Food Service Department of Grand Haven Area Public Schools is made up of over 30 dedicated employees who are responsible for safely preparing and serving nutritious breakfasts and lunches to students and staff each day. GHAPS has partnered with a food service management company, Chartwells, for over 10 years. Our role is to support the students and staff of GHAPS achieve the mission of "Success for All."
Betsy Sleva, Secretary
The Department of Human Services oversees the selection and development of high quality administrators, teachers, and support staff. Department staff provide employees, parents, students, and the community with a continuum of responsive, caring, professional services and programs that are state and federal compliant; aimed at enhancing the school environment and experience for our students; and work environment and experience for our employees.
The Information Services Department is committed to working with all departments to ensure district-wide data integrity for consistent and accurate reporting. Information services staff provides students and staff with the best possible systems to collect, organize and utilize district data.
The office of Instructional Services promotes excellence in curriculum, instruction and assessment. By providing research, leadership and resources, we support a learning community of students, staff and parents to maximize learning and success for all.
This department is responsible for the daily operations of 12 buildings within the district, as well as the Responsibilities include providing a safe and clean environment for students, staff and the community, and the upkeep of all building grounds.
The Department of Special Education provides a continuum of classroom programs and services for students with special needs. Support services include school psychologists, school social workers, special educational teacher consultants, speech and language therapists, occupational therapist and a physical therapist. Services are provided for special education students in all grades based upon their individual needs. Programs and support services are also provided by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.
The Technology Mission Statement is to "Provide Accessible and Dependable Technology to Enhance Education For All." Every building in the district is connected to our infrastructure backbone via high-speed fiber optic cable. Every building is fed voice, data, and video through this network. Our fiber backbone connects to the Merit network fiber pipeline through the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.
The Transportation Department logs over one million operating miles yearly in support of the district's travel needs throughout the 100-square-mile district. A dedicated group of 52 drivers and substitute drivers provide safe service to over 4,000 students daily, and drive over 70,000 miles in support of field trips and athletic events. The two full-time mechanics work to ensure that the district’s 51 buses remain safe and reliable. The Grand Haven Area Public Schools Transportation Department prides itself on a record of professional dedication and safety, and strives to provide the best possible service.
Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority
The Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority provide quality recreation and leisure activities for our community and is a cooperative effort sponsored by Grand Haven Area Public Schools, the city of Grand Haven, Grand Haven Township, city of Ferrysburg, and Robinson Township.
Jill Vander stel