Time to Say Thanks
Superintendent Wayne Weber
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has set October 2-8 as Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. The Rosendale-Brandon School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Appreciation Week to honor local board members for their commitment to our community and its children.
These leaders, chosen by our community, 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 sessions and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues. It is quite often a thankless job, and when a district is running smoothly, a job that often goes unnoticed.
The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:
● Creating a vision for what the community wants the district to be and for making student achievement a 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;
● Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
● Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining, and revising issues related to student growth and achievement.
Please join me in saying thank you to our nine board members who willingly give of their time to make decisions for the good of the community and with the best interests of our students in mind. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment.
The members serving our district, their roles, and their years of service are as follows:
● Dean Mulder, President; Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee Chairperson; Athletic
& Youth Issues Advisory Committee Chairperson; Curriculum Committee – 9 years
● Craig Mulder, Vice President; Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee; Finance,
Compensation and Benefits Committee Chairperson – 10 years
● Jennifer Riedeman, Clerk; Finance, Compensation and Benefits Committee, Policy and Employee Handbook Committee – 8 years
● Brenda Zickert, Treasurer; Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee; Policy and
Employee Handbook Committee; Athletic & Youth Issues Advisory Committee – first year
● Mark Kottke, Curriculum Committee; Policy and Employee Handbook Committee; Wisconsin Association of School Boards Representative – 5 years
● Ryan Basler, Curriculum Committee; Finance, Compensation and Benefits Committee – 4 years
● Beth Redeker, Curriculum Committee Chairperson; Policy and Employee Handbook Committee
Chairperson; Cooperative Educational Services Agency Representative – 2 years
● David Grade, Athletic & Youth Issues Advisory Committee; Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee – first year
● Jake Harmsen, Finance, Compensation and Benefits Committee; Athletic & Youth Issues Advisory Committee – first year