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Letter to the editor: Dedicated to success of our children

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The summer is flying by and soon we will be starting another school year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the community, for allowing me to serve on the District 833 School Board. In the short seven months that I have been on the board, there have been some challenges and changes in the district. I have had the privilege and opportunity to watch our schools continue to improve and I believe that the vision and leadership provided by our school superintendent, Dr. Keith Jacobus, will enable our district to improve well into the future.

District 833 is one of the best school districts in Minnesota. In a recent publication, parents gave top marks to our teachers for keeping parents informed. Keeping parents and the community informed is extremely important. One of the issues of my campaign was to improve communication and continue to build and strengthen relationships between the stakeholders — parents, students, teachers and the community. I strongly believe that when stakeholders feel empowered, welcomed, valued and respected, that the dialogue between the stakeholders and the district leaders will improve — so that we can all collaborate in a more meaningful and purposeful manner.

There is always more that we can do to improve the South Washington County Schools. The School Board, district administration, staff and teachers believe in the district’s mission, being “committed to igniting a passion for lifelong learning,” and are dedicated to the success of all children. I urge parents and community members to continue to be involved so that we can continue to provide our children with a high-quality education. Even if you do not have a school-age child attending one of our schools, please consider being involved with our schools. We can use everyone’s knowledge, wisdom, experience and suggestions. Should you have any specific questions or suggestions, please email me at: svanleer@sowashco.k12.mn.us. Please enjoy the rest of the summer.

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