School Board Recognition Week, Feb. 15-19
The Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) has set Feb. 15-19 as “School Board Recognition Week” as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.
Wadena-Deer Creek is joining public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to the Wadena, Deer Creek, and Bluffton communities and its children.
“It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” said WDC Supt. Lee Westrum. “They make tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide our students with the high quality education our citizens expect.”
Supt. Westrum said the key work of school boards is to set policy and provide overall direction for the school district.
“Serving on a school board is a huge commitment and even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in February, their contribution is year-round,” Supt. Westrum added.
The members serving Wadena-Deer Creek’s school district and their years of service include: Ann Pate, 14 years; Wayne Perkins, 10 years; Peter Hayes, 8 years; Steve Techam, 8 years; Kent Schmidt, 4 years; and Jil Fiemeyer, 2 years.
On behalf of WDC School District, Supt. Westrum presented recognition certificates to board members at WDC’s monthly school board meeting on Feb. 16.