By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Delano’s newest school board member recently relocated to the Delano community from Willmar, and feels her commitment to her children and the education of all children made her an ideal candidate for the board when a vacancy became available.
Patricia Osmon was appointed to the school board to fill the remainder of a seat vacated when long-time board member Becky Schaust resigned at the beginning of the year due to additional demands from her business.
In her application letter for the position, Osmon admitted she was likely to be a surprise candidate for the position.
“When my family and I decided to relocate from Willmar, we researched each community carefully, making what we felt was the best selection for our family,” Osmon said in the letter, adding that she did research online, and met with the principals of both the elementary and middle schools in Delano.
“After meeting with many different school districts stretching over a 100-mile area, public and private, my family relocated to Delano,” she added.
Osmon said she brings with her a strong commitment to her children and the education of all children. She said, as a member of the school board, she can lend her “depth, strength, and tenacity to contribute to the greater community and its ability to meet the challenges we face today.”
A cum laude graduate from Bates College in Lewiston, MN with a bachelor of arts degree, Osmon holds both a master’s and doctorate from Baylor University in Waco, TX.
She is a pediatric physical therapist, and has spent the last three-and-a-half years working for the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, serving a nine-school district area in western Minnesota.
She has taught at a private school in Bethlehem, PA, and has a long history of volunteer work, from founding a support group for mothers of multiples in Seattle, WA, to teaching Spanish at a small, private school in rural Illinois. Osmon’s volunteerism includes her commission as a major in the United States Army Reserve in a combat support hospital.
“Though I do not have previous board experience, I have been active in presenting ideas and innovative programs to schools in the past,” Osmon said in her application letter. “I enjoy reading and being involved with innovative ideas to enhance education, from standing desks and ball use, to the implementation of the Boost-up or SMART programs.”
She said she’ll look to support the current path Delano Schools has embarked upon, and look for ways to enhance its excellence through contributions of intelligent, informed decision-making.
“I look forward to working with all of you,” Osmon said at the meeting after she was administered the oath of office. She will serve until Dec. 31, 2010. A four-year position will be on the ballot at the school board election in November 2010.
Other applicants for the position included Ann Schleif, Mark Erickson, Rick Schaffer, Roger Schaefbauer, Anne Thommes, Randy Durick, and Paul Stansberry.