May is School Board Recognition Month and an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor more than 2,000 locally elected school board members for their dedication to children and schools.

“Providing our community’s children with a sound education is the most important investment we can make,” said Dr. Dirk Halupnik, Southeast Polk Superintendent. “We are proud of our elected leaders in this community and thank them for their service. School Board Recognition Month is the time to say thank you and recognize their continuing commitment to our school.”

At Southeast Polk, school board members develop policies and make important decisions that impact the entire community. They are responsible for an annual budget of $99.8 million, 6,843 students, 980+ employees and 11 school buildings.

“School board members make critical decisions, oversee millions in educational expenditures, and work to carry out our district’s mission,” notes Dr. Halupnik. “They donate countless hours of personal time in service to our students, staff and community.

Board members will be recognized for their service at the Southeast Polk Board of Education meeting on Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Brett Handy, President (7 years of service)
  • Gary Fischer, Vice-President (5 years of service)
  • Adam Krell (1 year of service)
  • Tom Naeve (3 years of service)
  • Ric Powell (1 year of service)
  • Bill Puffett (7 years of service)
  • Lori Slings (11 years of service)