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Wisconsin School Board Week provides opportunity to honor board members

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has designated Oct. 6-12 as Wisconsin School Board Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. DeForest Area School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week to honor local board members for their commitment to residents in the nine municipalities within the DASD school district boundaries.

“It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our community’s investment in our schools serve all students,” DASD Superintendent Eric Runez said. “They have charted a course for the district that will position our system well in supporting student success now and into the future.”

Runez said the key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

  • Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
  • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
  • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
  • Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
  • Engaging community partners to collaboratively solve common problems; and
  • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by monitoring issues related to student achievement.

“Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment,” said Runez.

The members serving our district and their years of service are as follows:


Front Row, L-R:  Keri Brunelle, Spencer Statz, Sue Esser, Steve Tenpas
Back Row, L-4: Brian Coker, Linda Leonhart, Jan Berg, Gail Lovick, Jeff Miller

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