By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor
You learn things when you are a member of the Monticello Community School District Board of Education, as Jeff Hinrichs was for nine years.
Hinrichs decided not to run for re-election to the board, giving him more time for his job, his family, his upcoming church council position, and his work with the Monticello Fire Department.
Those years, which included three years as president of the board and two years as vice president before that, taught Hinrichs plenty about being a board member. He was asked what advice he would give to prospective members.
“To continue to work as a team and always consider the outcome for all students and staff when making decisions,” Hinrichs said. “For those planning to run, to not have an agenda and to be a good listener.
“And one thing that I have always remembered is that there is no ‘I’ in ‘team.’ Everything is a group effort.”
Hinrichs said a former board member encouraged him to run for the board back in 2004.
“Having four children attending the MCSD, I wanted to give back in some way.”
He said he is proud to have worked with the board on some of its accomplishments, including: “to have some longevity in the leadership role of the district, and also having a curriculum director, which has brought continuity to our district.
“Along with our administrative team and staff, we have put Monticello on the map of education in Iowa.”
He recognizes that the current board has plenty of work ahead, including: “addressing our facility needs into an immediate long-range plan, and trying to guess what will happen in Des Moines.”
Asked what he would miss, Hinrichs said: “Working together with the board and staff to create the best opportunities for our students.”
What won’t he miss?
“Nothing in particular; it all goes with the job.”