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Thank your local school board for their service

January 14. 2014 1:34PM
South Dakota School Board Recognition Week – Jan. 13-17 – provides a perfect opportunity to honor the contributions being made daily by our school board members.
Brandon Valley School District is fortunate to have five dedicated community representatives serving on the school board. A growing school district like Brandon Valley has a special set of challenges that are sometimes difficult to solve. One of those challenges this year was the clear need to address building needs to serve the district’s nearly 3,600 students. The ongoing support of the parents and voters is much appreciated, but the leadership to begin and follow through comes from the board of education.

In Brandon Valley, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community with limited resources. These decisions are guided by the Core Operating Principle: Our business is the creation of learning environments that result in success.

Serving on a local school board has always been more than what the public sees: meetings twice a month and demanding issues such as the school calendar, budget priorities, personnel and student discipline, or a myriad of other topics. Board members play a very real role in preparing the district’s students for an ever-changing world. They help spread the word about the individual and collective successes of our students and our professional staff and set the strategic direction for the district.

The Brandon Valley School District is fortunate to have a team of dedicated men and women serving on the school board who are champions both of fiscal responsibility and community progress. For these and many other reasons, they deserve our support and appreciation during School Board Recognition Week. Please make an effort to thank a board member this week. Our board members are: Renee Ullom, president, Sue Hegland, vice president, Gregg Ode, Sandy Klatt and Cary Schroeder.

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