School Board Recognition Week set for February 17th – 21st

The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February 17th through the 21st 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 communities. Independent School District 518 is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to the children of Worthington and the surrounding communities.

 “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 high level,” ISD 518 superintendent John Landgaard said. “They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations so that they may provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”

Landgaard said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

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

“Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation for school board members in February, their contribution is a year-round commitment,” stated Landgaard.

The ISD 518 School Board will be holding its regularly scheduled February meeting on Tuesday, February 18th in the Worthington High School Media Center at 5:15 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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