John Siemion resigns from GHAPS Board of Education

John Siemion resigns from GHAPS Board of Education

Camille Berko, Editor In Chief

Grand Haven Area Public Schools (GHAPS) Board of Education President, John Siemion, resigned from his post effective September 2 at 10:30 am. 

Siemion’s decision has come as a result of the past year over which his physical, emotional and mental health has steadily declined caused by fear of threats, harassment and the fact members are unpaid for their work. 

“Meetings have devolved into shouting contests between deeply political constituencies over how racial issues are taught, masks in schools, and COVID-19 vaccines and testing requirements,” Siemion said in a statement released on Friday. “It’s a no-win situation for board members no matter how they vote.” 

Although he cares deeply about the students and enjoyed most of his time as a member, Siemion is stepping back after 22 years of service. 

“I have put my heart and soul into trying to become the best board member I can be,” Siemion said in the statement. “Sometimes that isn’t enough.”