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ISD 728 School Board Earns Prestigious Magna Award

Independent School District (ISD) 728’s School Board has earned the National School Boards Association’s 2018 Magna Award, which recognizes school boards around the country for their efforts to bring education equity to their students.


ISD 728 was one of 15 Magna Award First Place Winners, one of five districts nationally recognized in its size and the only school board from Minnesota to earn this year’s achievement.


The Magna Awards, sponsored by the American School Board Journal and supported by Sodexo, honor districts across the country for programming that breaks down barriers for underserved students. A panel of school board members, administrators and other educators selected the 15 first prize winners and three grand prize winners from more than 100 submission from around the United States.


The ISD 728 School Board, which was nominated by school district staff, earned the award for its innovation and dedication to programs such as Mindfulness in Education and Exploratory/Natural Learning, providing all learners access to educational tools in and out of the classroom that go beyond traditional curriculum.


“I’m proud of our school board, our staff and administration for their leadership and courage,” said Superintendent Dan Bittman. “ Their commitment to making great things happen for our kids and communities continues to be impressive and noteworthy.”


This year’s winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students; 5,000 to 20,000 students; and more than 20,000 students. The grand prize winners hailed from school districts in Illinois, Delaware and Virginia. Those districts will be presenting their award-winning programs at the National School Boards Association Conference in San Antonio in April.


“This recognition and honor is possible because of ISD 728 students, staff, administration and both community and my fellow board members, and we’re very proud of the opportunities we provide for our children,” said Shane Steinbrecher of the ISD 728 School Board. “I’m proud to serve as the Board Chair, to have opportunities to work with and contribute to the success of such dedicated people. Together, we continue to deliver on our mission to educate, inspire and empower our learners and to make a difference in our communities.”