February 20th - 24th is School Board Recognition Week in South Dakota. The Harrisburg School District celebrates the collaboration among the board, school leadership, teachers, and parents on behalf of students. “Recognizing the efforts of our volunteer school board is so important because of all the hard work they put into making our District a success,” Superintendent Tim Graf said.
“During School Board Recognition Week, we encourage public school districts to celebrate their elected leaders for their service to the students, staff and community,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
The school board was presented with certificates recognizing their dedication and commitment to the students of the Harrisburg School District at the February 13th school board meeting. Over the years, the board has earned multiple awards recognizing their collective efforts to enhance their knowledge of school board work.
South Dakota school boards are critical to the success of students and the future of our State. Boards lead their districts in the right direction, providing oversight, setting goals, overseeing the budget, and selecting and evaluating the superintendent. Our school board volunteers serve for the betterment of their local schools and communities.
Mike Knudson currently serves as the Chairperson for the Harrisburg School Board and is employed as a commercial broker at Van Buskirk Companies. “Over my nine years on the board, I am proud of how we’ve managed growth, while remaining focused on the future,” Knudson says.
Mike was born and raised in Sioux Falls and has two Tigers in the District. Carson is a Senior at HHS, and Coy is a 3rd Grader at Endeavor Elementary.
Knudson said he ran for the school board because he’s “passionate about making sure the Harrisburg School District remains a leader in innovation, a leader in technology and the best school district in the state.” He finds the most rewarding part of serving as a school board member in the third largest district in the State to be the fact that “we are leaders in innovation, technology and providing students with a plethora of options in regard to learning and activities. We are forward-thinking and proud to be Tigers!”