Each year we love to share a bit about our fabulous Governing Board by highlighting one of the directors. This year I’ve reached out to our Region 2 – West Fargo Public School District – member, Patti Stedman. She has served as a school board member in West Fargo for nine years as a way to be more involved in her children’s education and to influence the opportunities they might have.
Stedman proudly shared with me the work that West Fargo’s school board has accomplished towards setting standards which all of its schools are to abide by. This diligent work is being done to be able to give each and every child a great education, no matter which building the student attends, according to Stedman.
Just as Stedman wants to make sure all children have access to great education in her district, she noted that her involvement on the SEEC Governing Board has opened her eyes to the collaboration that takes place amongst all SEEC districts to meet member needs.
“[In West Fargo], we are fortunate to have a great administration that has long partnered with SEEC and share the collaboration and benefits SEEC provides, even for a larger district. When I was new to the West Fargo board a fellow board member was the SEEC representative and shared with me the goals of SEEC and importance of having someone on this board. I have been honored to watch the SEEC develop into the organization it is today and its dedication to education in our community.”
Patti shared some aspects of how she’s watched the SEEC evolve including its AdvancED accreditation*, completion of a new strategic plan and its hard work to form its own policies** that are meaningful and will help the organization to remain effective. Stedman adds that these changes will allow SEEC to evolve with the changing needs of its constituents with ease.
“Being involved with the SEEC and its governing board has given me the opportunity to view education and decision making in differently sized school districts. It has also opened the door for partnership so districts can share resources they may not be able to access or afford independently. I feel that each one of the board members brings the best of our districts to share and to continue to improve the functions of the SEEC. The constant collaboration ensures we are meeting the needs of our member schools and adapting to the needs of our communities.”
The last question I asked Patti was what she would share with other school board members about getting more involved in either the district board OR the SEEC governing board… she called us a hidden treasure! We think she’s a real gem herself. Here’s what she really said,
“Right now the budget for many districts is a concern and for many, they may know of SEEC but probably do not know what they can do for them. This is the hidden treasure you discover when you become part of this governing board. You create contacts throughout the region who can become your allies when you need help or partners to move a project forward. The SEEC team values your input and allows our vision to become their vision in this every changing education environment.”
Wow! Thank you, Patti, for all the time and passion you’ve dedicated to the SEEC. We wouldn’t be where we are without our board members.
Patti and her husband, Brad, live in West Fargo and run their own business while raising their three children: Alyssa, 22; Dustin, 19; and Kyle, 18.