College Community Schools Recognizes Leaders During School Board Recognition Month

The Iowa Association of School Boards has designated May as School Board Recognition Month, this year recognizing these ‘Superheroes for Public Education.’ As citizen leaders, College Community board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities. All Iowa citizens should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these elected public officials play in the education of our children.

“We are so fortunate here at College Community to have such dedicated school board members who are committed to serving the needs of our students, staff and community,” said Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler. “Our board members are elected public servants who volunteer countless hours each year. Even though we are making a special effort during the month of May to show appreciation, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment to improving student achievement and doing what is best for all Prairie students.”

The seven members of the College Community School District Board of Education establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. To accomplish these goals, board members contribute thousands of hours each year leading their districts. Whether it be crafting policies, hiring administrators, listening to staff and student concerns, or advocating with legislators, board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement.

The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members spend leading in their districts. They are continuous learners so they can keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, they are deeply involved in community and school activities, and they create, read and study countless reports, agendas, proposals and other information to guide difficult decisions.

Join our school community in saying ‘thank you’ to these superheroes for public education. Serving on the College Community School District board are Randy Bauer (District #3), Angela Ehle (District #4), Todd Hahlen (District #5), Jim Hodina (At-Large), Greg Kelsey (District #1), Jed Peterson (District #2), and Dot Pospischil (At-Large).