Members of a board of education for a general powers school district are elected by the voters of a community for terms of six years, as provided by the school district's bylaws. School Board members begin their terms in January, following their November election.

Board Members

Mr. Richard Kowalski

President - Board Member Since 1987


EDUCATION: RN MSA COHN-SFAAOHN; Delta College School of Nursing, RN; Saginaw Valley State University, BA in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude); Central Michigan University, MSA in Health Care Administration; Served in US Army 1968-1969, Republic of Vietnam, Combat Medic Mr. Kowalski became a board member to improve the education of Bangor students. He invites members of the Bangor community to consider volunteering anytime in the schools. The students would love the interactions!

FAMILY: Wife, Claudine; two sons, Aaron and Scott, both graduates of John Glenn High School; two grandsons, Jacob and Noah, both students of Bangor Township.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Enjoying grandchildren & life

Mr. Kowalski became a board member to improve the education of Bangor students. He invites members of the Bangor community to consider volunteering anytime in the schools. The students would love the interactions!


Mr. John Loop

Vice President - Board Member Since 2002


EDUCATION: Graduated in 1968, Bay City Central; Graduated in 1972, Central Michigan University, BS in Education (Magna Cum Laude)

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: reading (Historic Lit.), golf

Mr. Loop became a board member because he believes he can help Bangor Township Schools reach its potential to become the finest school district in northeastern Michigan. He feels that having taught and coached in the district for 31 years gives him some perspectives that might help that goal become a reality.

Mr. Loop’s goals as a board member are:

  • To see Bangor Township Schools become the elite educational institution/district in northeastern Michigan.
  • MAINTAIN and IMPROVE Bangor’s programs despite the uncertainty of financial times in the state of Michigan.
  • Provide our students with state-of-the-art facilities to improve the learning environment of Bangor Township Schools.

Contact Information:
4475 Raven Lane Apt. #3
Bay City, MI 48706

Mrs. Melissa Kaczmarek

Secretary - Board Member Since 2008


EDUCATION: Associate of Arts, Delta College; Bachelor of Arts, Central Michigan University; Master of Arts in Teaching-Reading K-12, Saginaw Valley State University

FAMILY: Husband, Joe; two daughters and one son, all attending Bangor Township Schools

Mrs. Kaczmarek became a board member because, as a parent, she wants to ensure her children receive a quality education. As an educator, she wants to ensure that all children receive a quality education. Mrs. Kaczmarek works in education, attending meetings at the state level and staying current with curriculum and the latest best practices. Bangor Township Schools is an amazing district and she wants to be a part of this quality team to help guide the district to its full potential. With student achievement as the district goal, she keeps that in mind with any of the policies and procedures they adopt as a board. She wants to continue with this goal of excellence with a laser-like focus for all of Bangor’s students.

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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

Mr. Brian Tobin

Treasurer - Board Member Since 2006


EDUCATION: Engineering Degree, GMI-General Motors Institute (now Kettering University)

FAMILY: wife, Debra; son, Ryan; two daughters, Kaitlyn and Kristen

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Attending athletic events of his children, woodworking, construction projects

Mr. Tobin became a board member to help Bangor Township Schools become the “best” school district in the area.

Mr. Tobin’s goals as a board member are:

  • To focus on and improve the district’s academic performance.
  • Assist in keeping the financial aspect of the district sound.
  • Ensure the district’s buildings and grounds are functional and well maintained.

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Mr. Jason Forgash

Trustee - Board Member Since 2017


EDUCATION: Graduated from Ferris State University in 1991 with a Bachelor's of Science degree. Jason is currently the President and COO of Bay Plastics Machinery in Bangor Township.

FAMILY: Married to Margaret Forgash. Two children; Dakota and Garett


Mr. Forgash moved back to Bangor with his family in 2005. After enrolling both of his children in the Bangor Township Schools, he became more and more interested in the district - its successes and its struggles. He hopes to become more active in working with the administration to continue to improve the education and extracurricular activities for the students of this district.


Mr. Mark Seymour

Trustee - Board Member Since 2005


EDUCATION: 1985 JGHS Graduate; Journeyman Machinist; 2years basic college courses

FAMILY: Son, Matthew Seymour; Daughter, Chelsea Seymour

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: I enjoy both playing and watching sports.

Mr. Seymour became a board member because he wants to make a difference for the kids in the community. His goals as a board member are to see that the kids are provided with both the best education and opportunities to help them be successful in the future.


Mr. Patrick Shaffer

Trustee - Board Member Since 2011


EDUCATION: BS, Central Michigan University 1975; MA, Central Michigan University 1980

FAMILY: one daughter & son-in-law

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: golf, snow ski and work in his rose garden

Mr. Shaffer became a board member because he knows he can provide positive input and direction in very difficult economic times. Mr. Shaffer’s goal as a board member is to provide Bangor’s students with the best possible programs and educational opportunities that we can.

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