Over the last few months, the River Falls School Board has been working to fill its vacancy. At a special meeting held on June 28, the school board appointed candidate Lindsey Curtis to the open seat.
Curtis has outlined her commitment to collaborating with the community, promoting pride and supporting policy that upholds educational excellence. Her first public meeting will be at the Board of Education meeting on July 19 at 6 p.m.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been appointed to fill the vacant seat on the School Board here in River Falls,” said Curtis in an email to the River Falls Journal. “It is my understanding that the other applicants were all well-qualified and care deeply about our schools and our community. Our district is fortunate to have had so many people who were willing to step forward and be considered for this position.”
Why did you seek a position on the River Falls School Board?
I sought this board seat because I want to be a part of the collaborative effort that builds strong bonds between our public schools and our community. The outstanding reputation of the River Falls School District (RFSD) is the reason my family chose to move to this area and I want our schools to continue to be a source of pride and optimism for all stakeholders.
What are your hopes and goals as a board member?
As a board member, I intend to support policy and governance that upholds our school district’s strong tradition of educational excellence and reflects the values and expectations of our community. Open, honest and transparent communication with our community is essential in maintaining the high levels of trust and support that the RFSD has benefitted from in the past. A strong partnership between the school district and the community is paramount to the success of our schools and our students.
An important aspect of that trusting partnership is ensuring tax-payer resources are managed in a fiscally responsible way. Our district has to balance the cost of providing high quality education with the funding that is available. In order to do this, the school board must work closely with administrators to anticipate, prioritize and plan for the allocation of funds in a way that serves the students, staff and community both now and in the future.
As I begin my service on the board, I recognize the effort it will take to get properly informed and up to speed on all board-related matters and district priorities. I am thankful for the collaborative framework that exists in our district. I have already had the opportunity to meet with a few of the district administrators to better understand some of the complex and interconnected issues our district is facing. I look forward to the work that lies ahead and I am pleased to serve our community in this new role.