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School Board Recognition Week set for Feb. 18-22

MORRIS -- The Minnesota School Boards Association has set Feb. 18-22 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota. Morris Area Schools will be joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate local board members for their commitment to their district and its children. The week is meant to build awareness and understanding of the function of an elected board of education in society.

“It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and our school board members devote a significant amount of time making sure our school district is helping every child learn at a higher level,” said Morris Area Superintendent Scott Monson. “They make the tough decisions every month and spend hours paying attention to and learning about education issues and policies in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”

Monson said the key work of school boards is to raising student achievement by creating a vision for what the community wants and for making student achievement the top priority, establishing standards for what is expected of students, ensuring progress is being measured to reach the district's goals and students are learning at their expected levels, being accountable for their decisions and actions by tracking and reporting results, creating a safe and orderly climate, forming partnerships with community members in order to solve problems and focusing on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

“School board members give the district's citizens a voice in education decision-making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in February, their contribution is a year-round commitment.”

Current school board members and their years of service are Laura Carrington, 12 years; Brent Fuhrman, 10 years; Kurt Gartland, 14 years; Lory Lemke, seven years; Dick Metzger, four years; Jamie Solvie, four years; and Stan Wulf, four years.

For more information contact superintendent Scott Monson at 320-589-4840.