This is Minnesota School Board Recognition Week

Open Forum

Chatfield Public Schools is joining school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week Feb. 18 to 22.

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including the Chatfield School Board, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

Minnesota school board members are chosen by their communities through election or appointment to manage local schools. They oversee multimillion-dollar budgets, which fund education programs for more than 825,000 students in approximately 2,000 schools. Their personnel decisions affect more than 52,000 teachers and thousands of administrators and support workers.

These leaders also 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 training programs and personal study to enhance their understanding of these issues.

Our deepest appreciation is extended to the dedicated men and women who make it possible for local citizens to participate in education in our community. We salute the public servants of the Chatfield School Board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible:  Amy Jeffers, Katie Priebe, Scott Backer, Matt McMahon, Lanny Isensee and F. Mike Tuohy.

Please join us by saying thanks to our School Board members during Minnesota’s School Board Recognition Week!


Edward J. Harris


Chatfield Public Schools