RBSD Wants You!

Superintendent Wayne Weber

This month, I am rerunning a very similar article to one that was printed in the February 2018 edition of the Spartan Sentinel. We are again looking to fill a vacant seat on our school board due to a board member moving out of the District. You will find a posting requesting applications for the open seat in this edition of the Spartan Sentinel as well as on the District Facebook page. The last time we had a seat open for Board appointment, we were fortunate to have had multiple citizens apply. I am hoping this article will again help lure interested candidates!

First, some information on the seat. Our school board is made up of nine members, six from the Eldorado/Rosendale area and three from the Brandon area. Three seats are up for election annually in April, and each term is three years.  Due to the timing of the resignation, the open seat is fillable through board action. The Board appointee’s term will end in April 2020. At that point the seat will be determined by district residents through the general election process.

So why serve on the school board? I can’t tell you that it is a prestigious role that will make you wealthy and popular, but you probably won’t find a more important role in the area. The decisions a school board makes impact the most valuable resources a community has – its children. The local school board is an important public link to our schools. Whether elected or appointed, school board members serve in several important ways. First and foremost, school boards look out for students. Education is not a line item on the school board’s agenda – it is the only item. When making decisions about school programs and facilities, school boards incorporate their community’s view of what students should know and be able to do, and they make decisions based on what is best for all students.

So if the following can be said of you, please apply for the open board seat, or run for open seats in the future:

  • You hold a conviction that public education is important.
  • You are committed to public involvement.
  • You have the ability to make decisions.
  • You believe in the democratic process.
  • You’re willing to devote time and energy to your new position.
  • You can accept the will of the majority.
  • You have the courage to stand up for your convictions.
  • You communicate well with others.

Thanks for your consideration. If you have questions regarding this board vacancy or the role of a board member, please contact me or one of our current members as they could give you first-hand information of what board service looks like.

Current members/years of service:

  • Dean Mulder, President – 10 years
  • Craig Mulder, Vice President – 11 years
  • Jennifer Riedeman, Clerk – 9 years
  • Brenda Zickert, Treasurer – 1 year
  • Ryan Basler – 5 years
  • Beth Redeker – 2 years
  • David Grade – 1 years
  • Bethany Crook – <1 year