Thanks to everyone who stopped by the MREA booth at the MSBA Leadership Conference last week. Representatives from 65 MREA member schools visited with MREA Board members Luther Heller, Todd Holthaus, Marvin Kleven, Chris Mills, Patty Stangl, and Mike Vasek at the booth and at the Regional Center Advisory Committee meeting.

Members shared how much they are looking forward to the Annual Conference next November and how much they appreciate this Insider Briefing newsletter. They also discussed concerns regarding facilities maintenance, American Indian student achievement opportunities, and the September starting date for the school year.

Welcome to these new school board members who started their positions January 1 and stopped at the booth to learn more about MREA: Patty Dillabough, Crookston; Lynn Ellis, Lake of the Woods; Kristin Haseman, Butterfield-Odin; Andrea Haverinen, Menahga; Becky Hinchley, Zumbrota-Mazeppa; Becky Howard, Foley; LaNea Johnson; Greenway; Dan LaRock, Hills-Beaver Creek; Cheryl Meld, McGregor; Joel Ness, Fisher; Tony Newman, Barnum; Jean Roth, Zumbrota-Mazeppa; Reva Sehr, Luverne; Joel Stola, Fertile-Beltrami; Cindy Worshek, Mesabi East.