HOLLAND – Holland High School has its new vice principal. The district school board approved the hiring of Zach Kapla to the position on Wednesday, July 6.

Kapla, who graduated from Holland High in 2002, has worked at the school for 15 years. He has served as a social studies teacher, director of HVRT, district online learning coordinator during COVID-19, and has been involved in various sports and clubs.

“You would be hard pressed to find someone with more love and dedication to HPS than Mr. Kapla,” Superintendent Nick Cassidy told the board in recommending the hire. “He has a heart for children and improving outcomes and I am delighted to bring the recommendation to the board.”

Kapla’s hiring ends a string of internal administrative hires that began earlier this year with the retirement of Deputy Superintendent Karen Sherwood.

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Katie Pennington, former principal of Holland High, has been promoted assistant supervisor of human resources to replace Sherwood. Andrea Mehall then moved from Deputy Director to manager at Holland High. Kapla now takes on Mehall’s old role as assistant manager.

Disc golf course offered

Jeff Kordich, a math teacher at Holland High and Holland Early College, pitched the board an idea for a new feature on campus – a disc golf course.

He said a high school class would support physical education units, provide an after-school activity for students, support students’ mental health by providing a stress-relieving activity, and be a benefit to the community.

Board members told Kordich they thought it was an interesting idea, but would like him to get student feedback on potential ideas before approving a project. They also asked him to reach out to other schools with courses to get an idea of ​​maintenance and upkeep needs.

Board Chair Liz Colburn suggested getting feedback and getting back to the board in the fall.

Dutch teacher Jeff Kordich is looking to bring a disc golf course to Holland High School.

Several schools in Kent County offer nine-hole courses, including South Christian and Caledonia High Schools and East Rockford Middle School. In Ottawa County, Zeeland Christian School offers a nine-hole course.

Kordich said the total cost for an 18-hole course would be around $10,000. This includes the purchase and installation of 18 baskets and the rental of equipment for installation. He said he does not expect the course to be funded by the district, but rather through grants, corporate sponsorships or a combination of the two.

Kordich’s proposed course design avoids windows and sports fields, he told the board. He added that the course would ideally be open to the public outside of school hours.

Zoom Meetings

The board held another discussion about the future of streaming meetings via Zoom on Wednesday. In May, the board elected to reduce Zoom broadcasts to regular meetings only and return to in-person meetings only for study sessions and committee meetings.

Cassidy noted that HPS is the only district in the area to offer a streaming option for council meetings.

The Holland Public Schools Board of Education discussed several points during a study meeting on Wednesday July 6, 2022.

Several board members said they were in favor of keeping some sort of video element to meetings so those who couldn’t attend could watch live or after the fact, saying it added transparency.

Ultimately, the board opted to continue streaming meetings on Zoom for at least the July 18 board meeting while looking at other options to record or stream future meetings.

— Contact journalist Mitchell Boatman at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @SentinelMitch.