By Lynda Jensen
DASSEL-COKATO, MN Longtime Dassel-Cokato School Board member Cary Linder was named to the prestigious All State School Board of the 2009 Minnesota School Boards Association.
Linder, who has been a board member since 1998, attended his last meeting this month, since his seat was up for election and he did not re-file.
Linder said he was proud to have served on the DC board, and be part of that legacy. “I have been critical (of the work done) in recent years, and have become a barrier,” he said. Nevertheless, he said he was happy to have served. “It’s been a pleasure to work with the awesome staff,” he said.
Criteria for earning the award include strong leadership, excellence in boardsmanship, communication skills, visionary thinking, demonstration of concern for students, visionary thinking, demonstration of concern for students, staff and taxpayers, and support for the nomination from stakeholders.
Linder has been credited with leading the board during good times and bad, with a number of close levy attempts, including the bond approval for the Performing Arts Center, which was approved by four votes in 2003.
Only five to seven people are appointed to this state board position out of 2,300 board members.