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It's School Board Recognition Week

Alexandria School District 206 is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week, February 17-21, to honor local board members for their commitment to District 206 children.

The members serving the district and their years of service are chairperson Dean Anderson, 26 years; vice chairperson Dave Anderson, 10 years; clerk/treasurer Jean Robley, 8 years; director Pam Carlson, 16 years; director Angie Krebs, 2 years; director Sandy Susag, 4 years; director Alan Zeithamer, 31 years.

“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 superintendent Rick Lahn. “They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and setting direction in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”

Lahn said the key work of school boards 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.

--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.

“School board members give District 206 residents a voice in education decision making,” Lahn said. “Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in February, their contribution is a year-round commitment.”

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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