Outstanding Vermillion School Board President Tom Craig has been named South Dakota�s 2005 Outstanding School Board Member of the Year.

The honor, presented in recognition of superb contributions to the betterment of public education, will be awarded during the Associated School Boards of South Dakota and School Administrators of South Dakota Annual Joint Convention on Aug. 11 in Sioux Falls.

Craig is most notably credited for leading efforts to secure $6.5 million for construction of a performing arts center, an athletic facility, a student commons and a food service facility. Craig also directed the opt-out effort last March, resulting in an $800,000 increase in district funding.

A Vermillion School Board member since 1996, Craig has served as board president the past eight years.

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