The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February 19-23 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. Mankato Area Public Schools is joining public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to the communities it serves and its children.
"It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and countless hours are devoted to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level," says Superintendent Sheri Allen. "They make ongoing decisions and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability the public expects."
Allen said the key work of the school board is supporting learner success and creating sustainable systems and structures through a community culture of excellence by:
- Creating a culture of student learning and engagement;
- Developing district culture and practices of partnership and connectedness between staff, students, families and community for student learning;
- Increasing readiness for all students to ensure options for life;
- Managing financial resources; and
- Supporting the development of staff capacity, accountability and skills to empower the District’s Strategic Directions
"School board members give 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," Allen says.
Thank you for your service Mankato Area Public School Board—
Judi Brandon, Sara Hansen, Ann Hendricks, Abdi Sabrie, Jodi Sapp, Kristi Schuck and Darren Wacker