Thanks, board members

To the Editor:

On behalf of the teachers at Fairmont Area Schools, I would like to say thank you to our dedicated school board members who serve our community.

School board members are ordinary people who have an extraordinary dedication to our public schools. It is time we thanked them for their untiring efforts. Sometimes we forget the important role school board members play in assuring local control over our public schools, control that is in the hands of people we know, people who are our neighbors.

These people establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community, and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. This job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions; reams of reports, agendas, proposals and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make.

Our board members come from all walks of life. They might be farmers, radio personalities, nurses, retirees, business owners, lawyers or homemakers, to name just a few. Although they serve many roles in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal – helping students achieve. Though they may individually disagree on certain issues, their role as a board is to consistently strive toward that goal.

In recognition of this dedicated service, the week of Feb. 18-22 is designated “School Board Recognition Week.” This is a time to show our appreciation and begin to understand how local school board members work together to provide a better future for our children. I would like to say thank you to Myron Moeller, Diane Gerhardt, Sandy Beckendorf, Dan Brookens, Nicole Green and Julie Laue for your dedicated service to our community. Your work is appreciated by the teachers and students in the Fairmont Area Schools.

Bob Millette, president

Education Minnesota Fairmont