School board members to serve state association

School board members to serve state association Six local school board members will assume new statewide leadership roles on the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) Board of Directors.  The new members will join an 18-member board of directors charged with providing direction and oversight to the state school board association, which represents more than 950 local school board members and 161 public school districts.  Half of the new members were elected by their fellow school board members at the ASBSD Delegate Assembly, held Nov. 21 in Pierre. The remaining individuals were appointed to one-year terms by ASBSD President Duane Alm, a local school board member from Aberdeen.  "We're fortunate to have such motivated individuals who are willing to share their expertise, talents and time," Alm said. "ASBSD's vision is to be the unifying voice for public education, and this diverse group of school board members will lead the association during a defining era of change."  The ASBSD Board of Directors is made up of local school board members from school districts of varying sizes from across South Dakota. The state is divided into four geographic regions, and each region contains up to five size categories. In addition to the new members, three incumbent officers won bids to continue serving on the ASBSD Board. Duane Alm, Aberdeen, LeRoy Hellwig, Sisseton, and Neil Putnam, Mitchell, were re-elected and will serve four-year terms. New ASBSD directors are Christine Girard, Dorothy Hajak, Pamela Haukaas, Denise Lutkemeier, Anita Peterson, and Melissa Whipple-Riley  ASBSD President Duane Alm appointed Christine Girard, a five-year veteran of the Vermillion School Board, to represent school districts in Southeast South Dakota with enrollments between 700 and 1,399 students.  She currently serves as board vice-president, and has worked on the preschool, district goals, finance, negotiations, and wellness committees. Girard graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Master's in Business Administration and is assistant director for the University of South Dakota's Head Start program.  "I have loved every minute of have served on the [Vermillion School] board," Girard said in her letter of application, adding that she welcomes the opportunity to "work with fellow board members from other districts across the state to make our education system better."

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