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West Michigan Christian Schools Announces New Financial Partner

Practicing Biblical Stewardship: WMCS Announces Larry Schutt as New Financial Partner for the 5-School Collaborative

Looking to honor Christ with all we have been given and be obedient in seeking Godly counsel, West Michigan Christian Schools is excited to announce that Larry Schutt has joined the WMCS family to serve as a financial partner.

Schutt’s area of focus is to analyze and determine the key financial indicators that our schools need to know in order to be as fiscally responsible as possible. Since the founding of WMCS, each school has either employed a bookkeeper or used a school board volunteer to work closely with each principal to set annual budgets and create financial plans. In this new position, Schutt will be a professional financial partner for the West Michigan Christian Schools Collaborative, DIBS! On Resale and all five school principals, bookkeepers, and boards as they set budgets and steward resources. He will strategically look for ways to both save money and to maximize the impact of expenditures.

“Having access to this high-level strategic financial expertise is not the norm for schools. I am eager for Larry’s strategic feedback an insight,” explains Dan DeKam, WMCS Executive Director and MCS Principal.  

Having access to this high-level strategic financial expertise is not the norm for schools. I am eager for Larry’s strategic feedback an insight.

Larry & Jan Schutt

A West Michigan native and a graduate of West Ottawa High School, Schutt is one of eight children raised in a Christian home, on a farm just north of Holland, Michigan. He and Jan, his high-school sweetheart, have been married for 44 years, and they have two children and five grandchildren.

Schutt studied at Ferris State University and graduated with a BS degree in Accountancy and became a CPA.  He worked as a staff auditor with BDO Seidman in Grand Rapids, Michigan for six years auditing the financial records of many types of organizations – manufacturing, service, insurance, governmental and non-profits.  Schutt then served as a Chief Financial Officer for three private companies in West Michigan for 33 years. In the 90s, he earned his Masters of Management degree from Aquinas College.

In 2016, he retired from a full-time working career, “leaving rich with many friends and good experiences.”  In retirement he enjoys a new found freedom spending time in many different ways – re-landscaping his home, playing with grandchildren, travel with his wife, helping family members and friends with projects, golfing, fundraising for Cran-Hill Ranch, consulting and mentoring at a company in Holland, and more.

Schutt has served as a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, deacon, treasurer, and as an elder at Hager Park Church in Jenison, where he and his wife were active members for more than 25 years.  Other areas of service are RCA South Grand Rapids Classis Finance Chairman, Pastoral Search Committee, Education Committee Chairman, Treasurer of the RCA Synod of the Great Lakes, and mentoring youth in Christian discipleship.


“God is so very good and we are thankful!  Praise be to God, the giver of all things!” shares Schutt. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work under the ‘better together’ philosophy with such wonderful people at West Michigan Christian Schools.”   

God is so very good and we are thankful!  Praise be to God, the giver of all things! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work under the ‘better together’ philosophy with such wonderful people at West Michigan Christian Schools.

Currently, Schutt serves as a board member of Cran-Hill Ranch, and as a Governing Elder at Covenant Life Church in Grand Haven, where he and Jan have been members for about ten years.  

WMCS is blessed to have you, Larry! Welcome, on behalf of all of our schools, alumni, and supporters!        

Larry & Jan Schutt enjoying the thrill of Grandparenthood!

              

If you and your children are not already a part of the WMCS family, please prayerfully consider the PK-12 private Christian education of West Michigan Christian Schools for your children!

CONTACT US today for more information!

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs.

West Michigan Christian Schools Announces New Community Based Instruction Partnerships for HS Students

ESS UPDATE: New CBI Opportunities in Grand Haven

West Michigan Christian School’s Educational Support Services (ESS) team is excited to announce new Community-Based Instruction (CBI) partnerships for our high school students at two local Lakeshore businesses.  

Grand Haven-based Lake Effect Kitchen and Chow Hound Pet Supplies are providing opportunities for CBI for Western Michigan Christian High School (WMC) students with diverse learning needs. Juniors and Seniors on the Certificate of Completion track at WMC, now have the opportunity to learn more about their God-given strengths and gifts in the workplace, which serves to prepare students for potential employment post-high school.

 

Photo caption: Sawyer Arkema, a New Era Christian School graduate and currently a Junior at WMC, enjoys cooking and loves animals. The WMC ESS team sought out workplaces that could utilize those gifts and passions.

“These Community Based Instruction opportunities allow our students invaluable and inclusive vocational opportunities. I am proud to share that we currently have the ability and resources to bring these opportunities to our students. This helps build on the vision of WMCS, which is to support whole-families by allowing students of all learning needs the opportunity to be a part of the WMCS family, no matter their individual ability,” shares Whitney Jackson, WMCS Director of Educational Support Services and CBI co-project head.

After conducting student “interest inventories,” the WMCS ESS team determines each child’s areas of interests, gifts, and passions. The ESS team then seeks out workplaces that could utilize those gifts and abilities.

 

Lake Effect Kitchen is a commercial kitchen located in Grand Haven, Michigan, specializing in take-home meals. They mentor students with disabilities through their CBI program and have recently hired two employees on the autism spectrum. Their vision is to provide authentic community and competitive employment for all.

As part of the CBI program, students participate in serving lunch to students at a local elementary school as well as prepare for lunch at the kitchen using their culinary skills. This helps students strengthen their social skills, as well as, learning skills for working within a kitchen setting.

 

Chow Hound Pet Supplies stores are located in the greater Grand Rapids area, Holland, Grand Haven, & Portage. As West Michigan’s largest family-owned pet store, students gaining experience at Chow Hound have the opportunity to help with daily cleaning tasks as well as preparing for animals to be groomed.

 

Once students complete their four years at WMC, students are eligible to continue receiving educational services until they turn twenty-six years old through their residential school district. Families are encouraged to reach out to their zoned districts to learn more about what programs they offer as each district varies.

LEARN MORE about WMCS ESS.

West Michigan Christian Schools  (WMCS), is a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs.