Say thanks this week to school board members

Bouquets & Barbs


From Andy Space, district administrator, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District:

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has designated Oct. 6-12 as Wisconsin School Board Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week to honor local board members for their commitment to Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine students, parents and community.

Building a strong school and a strong community goes hand in hand, and these school board members devote countless hours to making sure our school is helping every child learn at a high level. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours discussing education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our community expects.

The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach. Even though we are making a special effort to show our appreciation in October, school board members give the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine communities a voice in education decision-making with their year-round commitment to education.

Please join me and thank the following school board members for their service: Vicki Fick, president; Brian Bousely, vice president; Ryan Berger, treasurer; Tina Dunweg, secretary; and Lee Niven, director.

Appreciates Great Books Club, library as host site


From Mary Stolze, Kingsford:

The first meeting of the Great Books Club on Sept. 9 provided a lively discussion. Mary Calo did a wonderful job leading the group with talks about the Bible story of Samson and also more modern parallels. The book used this year is “Great Conversations No. 2.” The next topic will be selected poetry of John Donne.

Anyone is welcome to come to the meetings, even if you can’t get the book in time. A quick internet search will provide enough background for the discussion. We meet the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain.

The library staff deserves their own “Bouquet” for providing such a perfect venue and always-helpful assistance.