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School board thanks Superintendent for leadership through pandemic

| November 18, 2020 1:00 AM

November prompts us to celebrate good fortune in our lives. As school board members, 2020 and all of its challenges have given us a whole new appreciation for our resilient school district and caring community. During these trying times, we the undersigned school board members have been inspired by our district’s capable and courageous leaders; its creative, devoted educators and support staff; and its cooperative and diligent students, along with their families.

As we continue to grapple with adversity, we as board members are particularly thankful for Interim Superintendent Dave Means’ leadership. He has faced the unexpected with grace and fortitude in answer to COVID-19 school challenges. Even as Dave has tirelessly navigated the constant uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, under his leadership the district has continued with the implementation of a promising new math curriculum while also furthering the development of Professional Learning Communities and a data-driven approach to effective instructional practice.

Dave values the individual, and is a kind and thoughtful communicator. He empowers those most affected to be a part of the decision-making process. He has earned a reputation amongst parents, students, staff, colleagues, and community members as an attentive listener. Dave has redoubled his dedication to Whitefish Schools, being among the first to arrive and the last to leave every day. He invests countless hours, all in the interest of doing what’s best for kids. Dave not only spends a good deal of time in the schools, but he also attends school sporting events and participates in county educational groups and community task-forces and organizations.

Thank you Dave for everything you are doing for our school district and community.

Katie Clarke, Nick Polumbus, Ruth Harrison, Shannon Hanson, Darcy Schellinger and Jerrie Boksich, Whitefish School Board Members