Join us in saying 'thanks' during Minnesota School Board Recognition Week

Winona school board photo 2019

Winona Area Public Schools Board of Education members include, from left, Jim Schul, Michael Hanratty, Nancy Denzer, Karl Sonneman, superintendent Dr. Annette K. Freiheit, Allison Quam, Steve Schild and Tina Lehnertz.

Winona Area Public Schools will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week Feb. 17-21.

The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school board members, including those who serve on the Winona Area Public Schools Board of Education, who are charged with governing public education under state law.

Be on the lookout for more this week as we honor our school board members: 

  • Nancy Denzer (board chair)
  • Tina Lehnertz (vice chair)
  • Karl Sonneman (treasurer)
  • Michael Hanratty (clerk)
  • Allison Quam
  • Jim Schul
  • Steve Schild

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 volunteer 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 our school board whose commitment and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible.

We also want to recognize our first student school board representative Cooper Hancock. Although Hancock does not hold voting powers, he plays a key role in offering a student voice as the board is making important decisions regarding the future of the district. 

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