January 2019 is School Board Appreciation Month across Washington.  There are 295 school districts in the state, each led by a board of elected citizens.  School board members are not compensated for their time, yet work tirelessly on behalf of the students and staff.

Our Yelm Community Schools Board of Directors is an incredible group of five dedicated officials who set forth the direction and budget of the district.  Directors Bill Hauss, Denise Hendrickson, Debbie Edwards, Mark Rohwedder and Donna Edwards have a combined 92 years of service to our schools.  That is incredible!

At our regular board meeting on Jan. 24, each of our schools will thank the board for their service and commitment.  Three years ago, our board enacted a strategic plan that has energized our school district in many ways.  As part of that plan, the board committed to work from the shared beliefs that we would be learning focused, student centered, results oriented and community connected. This year the board has committed to achieving its goals by working diligently on the following topics:

Student and staff safety

Equity for all students

Upgrading our aging facilities

Increasing student achievement at all schools

It is my privilege to work alongside our board.  They are incredibly vested in the success of our district, the future of each student and in the success of the Yelm Community.  Please take any opportunity you can to contact them and thank them for their service to our kids.  

Brian Wharton is superintendent for Yelm Community Schools.

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