Spring brings changes to The Northport Promise

The Northport Promise board of directors held their annual organizational meeting this past Thursday. Many new executive board members were elected with each being decided by unanimous vote. The newly elected executive board members are Dan Duffiney – President, Patty Sherman – Vice President, Bonnie Shiner – Treasurer, and Ryan Blessing – Secretary. The board also voted in new member Rebecca Teahen.

Along with the changes to the executive positions came some important policy changes as well. Starting this year eligible Northport graduates will be able to use their Promise scholarship at any Michigan university, junior college, community college or vocational school. Previously the scholarships could only be used at public schools.

Another change to policy is that graduating students who have attended Northport Public School for 3, 2, or 1 years can be eligible for a scholarship of 40%, 30%, or 20% respectively. The previous policy had a minimum of 4 years attendance for 50% scholarship. 

The reasons for the changes were to ensure that all Northport students could be eligible for the Promise scholarship. We want to help the students on whatever path they choose to follow regardless of whether they choose a public or private school.

The Northport Promise board of directors: Ruth Steele-Walker, Scott Walker, Patty Sherman, Doug Sherman, Rick Huck, Irene Huck, Gloria Thomas, Andy Thomas, Doug Drummond, John Thomas, Dan Duffiney, Chrysti Duffiney, Bonnie Shiner, Steve Gilbreath, Ryan Blessing, and Rebecca Teahen.