WORTHINGTON — Independent School District 518 will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week, Feb. 17-21.

The commemorative week is designated to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including the ISD 518 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 education programs for more than 825,000 students in approximately 2,000 schools across the state of Minnesota. Their 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.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education throughout Minnesota, and especially to those who make it possible in District 518. We salute the public servants of ISD 518 School Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. Thank you to Brad Schaffer, board chair; Lori Dudley, board vice chair; Linden Olson, board treasurer; Steve Schnieder, board clerk; Joel Lorenz, board member; Mike Harberts, board member; and Adam Blume, board member.

Please join us by saying thank you to our school board members during Minnesota’s School Board Recognition Week.

Parker Sandhurst is District 518's communications coordinator.