Thank your Monticello School, Board members

May is School Board Recognition Month. Those who volunteer their time on the Monticello Community School Board include, front from left, Angie Beitz and Peg Mere. Back row, John Schlarmann, Bud Johnson, and Dave Melchert. (Express file photo)

     May is “School Board Recognition Month.” Those serving on the Monticello Community School District Board of Education are: Dave Melchert, Bud Johnson, John Schlarmann, Peg Mere and Angie Beitz.

     School board members volunteer to serve thousands of hours each year, working to ensure every Iowa student receives a solid education. School Board Recognition Month is an opportunity to say “thank you” to nearly 1,900 men and women who are impacting Iowa schools.

     The role of school board members is to engage the community in setting the course to guide local education, keeping student achievement as their primary focus.

     School boards employ the superintendent, adopt policies and plans, and ensure that human and financial resources are allocated to accomplish the vision.

     The board monitors student achievement, evaluates progress toward district goals and reports progress to the community. The Monticello Express community newspaper covers regular and special school board meetings, as well as board work sessions.

Iowa school board facts

     • Iowa has 333 school districts with five- or seven-member school boards.

     • K-12 board seats: 1,893

     • Male board members: 63 percent

     • Female board members: 37 percent

     • Total student enrollment 2015-16: 485,147

     • Total budget dollars: $5.6 billion


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