Brainerd School District celebrates School Board Recognition Week

Brainerd School District celebrates School Board Recognition Week
Posted on 02/18/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Brainerd School District celebrates School Board Recognition WeekThis week, Feb. 18-22, the Brainerd School District joins all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to its students.

"It takes strong schools to build a strong community," Superintendent Laine Larson said in a news release. "And these men and women commit countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect and deserve."

Larson noted the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

• Supporting safe, secure and accessible facilities that enhance 21st century learning,

• Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority,

• Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do,

• Measuring progress to ensure the district's goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels,

• Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results,

• Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach,

• Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems,

• Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

"School board members give the Brainerd citizens a voice in education decision-making," Larson said. "Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in February, their contribution is a year-round commitment."

Board of education members serving the Brainerd School District are:

• Sue Kern, chair, a Brainerd graduate and six-year board member.

• Tom Haglin, vice chair, a Brainerd graduate and nine-year board member.

• Reed Campbell, clerk, a Brainerd graduate and 15-year board member.

• Bob Nystrom, treasurer, a Brainerd graduate and 12-year board member.

• Ruth Nelson, director, a 13-year board member.

• Charles Black Lance, director, a district parent in his first year on the board.
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