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School board needs your involvement

By Staff | Jun 26, 2021

Nicole Schneibel, Rugby

Amazing! What was so amazing you ask? There were 484 people who showed up to vote for the Rugby Public School Board Election on June 8. I’d call that amazing! In an off election year, nothing else to vote for, 484 people voted in the school board election either in person or by absentee ballot. It is wonderful to see that much interest in our school system, in the well-being of our students and teachers and in our community.

Don’t let those voices die down now. Go to meetings and ask questions. Keep that enthusiasm going! Show your continued support for our students, teachers and community. How? I’m glad you asked. The school board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 a.m. unless previously noted otherwise.

Meetings are open to the public; however, to speak at a meeting you must be on the agenda or be recognized by the board. This isn’t the most convenient time for a public meeting for the general public and especially for our teachers or students to attend. If we truly want to be more involved in our district’s decisions for our students, teachers and community, the first step is changing the meeting time to make it more accessible for all who would like to attend including our students, parents and teachers.

I believe that there is a true interest to be involved in these discussions and decisions by our community as shown by the outstanding turnout for the school board election. In surveying the area schools, most hold their school board meetings anywhere from 4:30 p.m. to as late as 7 p.m. Yes, this may interfere with some activities, but the meeting is only once a month. As stated, with the amazing show of support during the school board election on June 8, there is obviously community interest in and support for our schools.

Let’s continue that support by having greater representation and attendance at our school board meetings. The first step in being more involved is to work on getting the time of our school board meetings changed to accommodate our students, teachers, parents and community.

Our current school board members are:

Kris Blessum

Carlie Johnson

Dustin Hager

Brenda Heilman

Nick Schmaltz

Contact your school board representatives and let’s keep that interest and support rolling!

Thank you.

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