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Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

February is Minnesota School Board Recognition Month. It’s a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youth. School board members in Verndale are entrusted by this community with responsibility for the annual budget, 500 students, 100 employees, and one building.

School boards are charged with making decisions that can sometimes be quite difficult or require sifting through a great deal of information. They also bear responsibility for developing a vision that will guide the school district for years to come. Through collaboration as a team, and with school district staff, their governance and advocacy are building the future of education in Minnesota.

This February, we’re encouraging all members of the community to thank a board member. Please thank them for volunteering their time and playing a critical civic role that helps form the bedrock of our democracy—public education. As a crucial bridge between the local community and the school district, their efforts are instrumental in helping all of us realize the hopes and dreams we have for the children of our community.

The men and women serving the Verndale Public School District are Chair Scott Veronen, Vice Chair Shyla Hess, Treasurer Tyler Fisher, Clerk Chris Youngbauer, Director Jeremy Schwartz, and Director Tahna Rurup.

Thank you for all your work, Verndale School Board!! You are greatly appreciated.


Jeannie Mayer, Superintendent

Verndale Public School


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