22-year-old alum joins Reed City school board
Mund hopes to bring fresh perspective to district
REED CITY -- After recently being elected, 22 year-old Spencer Mund will be bringing a set of fresh eyes to the Reed City Area Public Schools Board of Education.
"I'm excited to be a part of things and to continue to make our school great," Mund said.
Mund graduated from Reed City High School in 2016, and in May, he received his bachelor's degree from Ferris State University.
While only recently completing his education, Mund said he is ready to bring a unique perspective to the board of education.
"I hope to bring more of a perspective on the actual students," he said, noting many board members currently bring the perspective of staff members and parents.
By being able to focus more on students, Mund said he hopes to improve the quality of learning for all students at the school district.
"I had a great time at Reed City, but I also see where our education has gaps," he said, noting he would like to see a stronger focus on those currently learning from home.
Graduating from Ferris during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mund said he learned firsthand the challenges that come with online instruction and hopes to make it easier for Reed City students.
"Online learning was something new to me," he said.
He also said he hopes to focus on staff retention in order to make sure students are receiving an education with the best quality staff. Mund said this was one of the driving forces that led him to run for a position on the board of education.
"I've seen a large amount of turnover in our school board ... and we've had a ton of turnover in staff," he said.
While bringing a fresh perspective to the board of education, Mund has already been able to learn a lot from his mother, Christine Mund, who currently serves as secretary/treasurer.
"I've definitely learned a lot about what kind of issues they deal with on a regular basis," he said.
However, Mund said there is still a lot to learn and he is ready to get started.
"I'm really excited to learn the policy side of things," he said.