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School Board Recognition Week - February 20 to February 24, 2017

The Minnesota School Boards Association has set February 20-24 as Minnesota 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 society.



Houston Public Schools is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor,
Michaeleen Bonner
Mimi Carlson
Ron Evenson
Joe Krage
Josh Norlien
Tom Stilin
Gary Wilson

for their commitment to Houston and its children. 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. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.

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
Thank You School Board Members!

School board members give Houston citizens a voice in education decision making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in February, their contribution is a year-round commitment. [source]


February 22nd Marks State's First Bus Driver Appreciation Day
SAINT PAUL, Minn. [article source] – In darkness and daylight, on dirt roads and multi-lane highways, from warm spring days to frigid winters, Minnesota school bus drivers safely transport more than 760,000 students to and from school each day. To recognize this important profession, Wednesday, February 22, has been proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton the first-ever statewide celebration of School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota.

The Minnesota School Bus Operators Association (
MSBOA) and Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) teamed up to create School Bus Driver Appreciation Day as a way to encourage school leaders, parents, and students to celebrate the often overlooked profession.

Our Wonderful Bus Drivers
We Appreciate You!  Thank You for All You Do to Keep Our Children Safe!
Back row [left to right]:  Richard Carr, John Beckman, Dan Kildahl
Front row [left to right]: Randy Muller, Ron Belongie
, Brent Stampka
 
School bus drivers transport parents’ most precious cargo – their children – day in and day out, and they do this job humbly and with great pride,” said MSBOA President Josh Schiffler. “We are thankful that Governor Dayton has declared February 22 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Minnesota so that we can give these quiet heroes the recognition they deserve.”
 
“School bus drivers are often the first person a student interacts with every morning, and the last person they see from school in the afternoon,” said Dr. Cassellius. “They are part of the many, wonderful Minnesotans who positively impact a student’s school experience every day, and I am excited to honor our school bus drivers for all of their hard work.”
 
“We are so grateful for school bus drivers who realize that nothing is more important than our children’s safety,” said Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman.
 
“School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is a great way to honor their work and show our appreciation. We can help them every time we get behind the wheel by stopping for red flashing lights or stop arms and paying attention in neighborhoods and school zones. That’s the best ‘thank you’ we can give them, and together, we can keep our kids safe.”
 
Our Substitute Bus Drivers
We Appreciate You!  Thank You for All You Do to Keep Our Children Safe!
Jeff Beckman Mike Beckman Mary Muller Dave Runningen

Additional reasons to celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Day include the impact that school buses have on student safety and the environment. Students are nearly eight times safer riding to and from school in a school bus than in cars, thanks to rigorous safety standards for vehicles and drivers, as well as student training efforts. The school bus driving industry is the largest form of mass transit in Minnesota, and it has reduced its environmental impact through the use of alternative fuels and retrofits on diesel engines.

“Our school bus drivers take their jobs seriously and are committed to getting kids to and from school safely,” said MAPT President Derrick Agate Sr. “We hope that Minnesotans help us recognize school bus drivers in their communities on February 22, and that more people consider this important and in-demand career.”

 

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