Letter to the Editor: February 19, 2014


School Board Recognition Week set for February 17-21
The Minnesota School Boards Association has designated February 17 through February 21 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota. Maple Lake Public Schools is joining school districts throughout our state in celebrating School Board Recognition Week and honoring our local school board members for their commitment to Maple Lake and our children.
This commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including the Maple Lake School Board, who are responsible for governing public education under state law. School board members invest a great deal of time and energy in promoting student achievement. In addition to attending school board meetings, they are responsible for formulating 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 hours in training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues. Their love for learning and concern for our students, staff and community drive their desire to serve in this capacity.
School Board Recognition Week is a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital role an elected board of education plays in our society, to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local board members work together to provide a positive future for our children. Please make a special effort to tell each of our school board members that his or her hard work has been noticed and is truly appreciated. We are fortunate to have the following individuals serving as school board members in Maple Lake:
Arnie Michalicek             Chair
Joe Paumen        Vice-Chair    
Shelley McAlpine            Clerk
Shelly Liljequist           Treasure
Ben Elsenpeter            Director
Rick Thomas           Director
Ed Trager           Director
Mark Redemske 
Maple Lake Superintendent