The month of May marks the annual observance of School Board Appreciation Month – time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Launching Iowa’s Next Generation”, reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders on behalf of all students. Local school boards keep the public in charge of public schools since they represent their community’s beliefs and values.

In the Vinton-Shellsburg CSD, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $19.4 million, approximately 1,550 students, 6 buildings, and nearly 250 employees. These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our neighbors, friends, community leaders, and parents in our district.

Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. I invite you to recognize and celebrate the work of your school board. Write your school board members a thank you note, let them know you appreciate what they do for students in our district. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interests and making the difficult decisions.

The men and women serving on the Vinton-Shellsburg school board are: Rob Levis-President, Sue Gates-Vice-President, Tom Burke, Jake Fish, Mike Timmermans, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, and Becky Williams.

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