Sauk Rapids-Rice School Board member Jan Solarz has been named to the 2019 All-State School Board, which is the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) most prestigious award. The award was given recently at MSBA’s annual Leadership Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Since 1971, MSBA’s awards committee selects up to seven individual board members to the All-State School Board. There are nearly 2,300 school board members in Minnesota. Board members are nominated by superintendents, fellow board members, parents or community members for their outstanding contributions to public education. Solarz was one of six board members chosen for the award this year.
“The All State School Board represents the highest example of board service. These are school board members who are committed to student achievement, determined to build support for their local schools and unwavering in their pursuit of what’s best for students,” MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind said.
Criteria for the award includes MSBA training, strong leadership; excellence in boardsmanship; communication skills; visionary thinking; demonstration of concern for students, staff and taxpayers; and support for the nomination from stakeholders.
Jan Solarz has diligently served the students, staff and communities of Sauk Rapids and Rice for 22 years. She has served many roles on the SRR Board of Education including Board Chair, Vice Chair, Clerk and Director and has completed over 380 board training hours. Jan is currently serving as the Vice Chair in addition to her committee and liaison work with the Sauk Rapids-Rice Career Discovery Board, Benton Stearns Education District Board, the Resource Training and Solutions Board, and the Benton Economic Partnership (BEP).
People nominating Jan for the award wrote: “Whether volunteering in a classroom, participation on committees or working on the board, Jan makes those around her better. I have been impressed with her morals, ethics and especially her treatment of others. She is part of what makes our district a special place to be.”
Please join us in offering our thanks and congratulations to Jan.