School Board Recognition Week

School Board Recognition Week
Posted on 02/19/2019
Robbinsdale Area Schools - School Board

The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February 18-22 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.

Robbinsdale Area Schools is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor our board members for their commitment to our school district and our students.

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including the Robbinsdale Area Schools School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

Minnesota school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion dollar budgets which fund education programs for more than 825,000 students in approximately 2,000 schools. Their personnel decisions affect more than 52,000 teachers and thousands of administrators and support workers.

These volunteer leaders also are responsible for formulating school district policy, approving curricula, maintaining school facilities, and adhering to state and federal education law. Legal concerns and the complexities of school finance, including budgeting and taxation, require them to spend many hours in board training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

School board members devote countless hours to ensure students are learning at a higher level. They make decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations. School boards raise student achievement by:

  • 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;

  • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure 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.

Strong Schools = Strong Communities … Please join us in saying thank you to our School Board:

  • Helen Bassett, Treasurer

  • David Boone, Director

  • Mike Herring, Vice Chair

  • Pam Lindberg, Clerk

  • Sam Sant, Director

  • Sherry Tyrrell, Director

  • John Vento, Chair