School Board Appreciation Week

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Oostburg School District students benefit every day from the leadership and vision of our school board. This week is Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week, and I would like to take a moment to recognize and celebrate the commitment of our board of education members.

The key work of our school board is to 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;
  • Formulating school district policy
  • Maintaining school facilities
  • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
  • Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
  • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, our school board spends many hours working to understand the rapidly changing world of school finance, budgeting, standards, and assessment. Our board members are visible and active in our school buildings and community. The questions they ask, the direction and guidance they provide, and the actions they take, allows us to fulfill our mission to prepare students to be productive and positive contributors to society and the world.

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

The members serving our district are as follows:  Jim Swart, Eric Hartman, Wendy DenBoer, Terry Lemkuil, Deb Harmeling, Jack Stokdyk, and Mari Kretz. Please join me in saying thank you to our school board members for their servant leadership.