PCHS elects new board members, approves budget

PELLA — Pella Christian High School elected four board members and finalized their budget for the 2020-21 school year.

The school’s budget for the 2020-21 academic year is $3.6 million, which has increased from an original report of $2.9 million by PCHS Principal Dan Van Kooten during a town hall meeting in May. Enrollment has also increased from 255 to 260 students for the fall.

Voting for the budget was done electronically during a PCHS Society Meeting and passed with a vote of 112-2.

Additionally, Duane Vos was elected as the new board member for District I. Duane Vos and his wife, Stephanie Vos, have three children: Hanna, a 2009 PCHS alumni, Kaitlyn, who just finished her junior year at PCHS and Seth, who attends PCGS. Duane Vos is employed at RACOM Critical Communications, and the Vos family attends Faith Reformed Church in Pella.

Julie Van Wyk was elected as the new board member for District III. Julie Van Wyk and her husband, Lauren Van Wyk, live near Sully and have four children: Kara (18) and Kelly (16), who both attended PCHS this year; and Renae (12) and Landon (10) are currently enrolled at Sully Christian. Julie Van Wyk is employed at Pella Regional Health Center as a receptionist, and the Van Wyk family attends Sully Christian Reformed Church.

Irv De Bruin was re-elected as the board member for District IV. Irv De Bruin and his wife, Anne De Bruin, have three grown children: Grant, Renae and Karla, who all attended Christian schools. Irv De Bruin is a self-employed contractor and is completing a three-year term on the PCHS board, where he serves on the building and grounds committee. Irv De Bruin and Anne De Bruin are members of Oskaloosa I CRC.

Mike Vermeer was elected as the At-Large board member unopposed. Mike Vermeer and his wife, Janet Vermeer, have two children: Rachel, who is a 2015 graduate of PCHS and Dominick, who just finished his senior year at PCHS. Mike Vermeer works as a CPA and attends Faith CRC in Pella.

All board members will serve three-year terms.

Emily Hawk can be reached at 641-672-2581 or by email at ehawk@oskyherald.com.

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