Holland is new Hudson school board presidentTom Holland was elected president of the Hudson Board of Education at the May 8 meeting. Holland, who was re-elected to a third term, has served on the school board since 2006 and was most recently the board vice president.
By: Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer
Tom Holland was elected president of the Hudson Board of Education at the May 8 meeting. Holland, who was re-elected to a third term, has served on the school board since 2006 and was most recently the board vice president.
Other board officers elected were:
Other board members include Pat German, Brian Bell, and Sandy Gehrke. Board committee assignments will be announced at an upcoming meeting.
In other business, board members recognized the Hudson High School Forensics team led by coaches Craig Lewis and Nikki Benson. In state competition, HHS brought home 12 gold medals, nine silver, and five bronze medals. Lewis who is stepping down from forensic coaching, was recognized for 33 seasons of forensics, 24 seasons of debate, 32 seasons of drama and nine seasons of quiz bowl for a total of 98 coaching seasons.
Lewis said his years coaching were great fun and that he always “had wonderful kids to work with.”
The district’s music program was honored for the fourth time by being named one of the 2012 “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.
HHS students Riley Collins, David Mattson and Thomas Dewey were recognized for participating in the DECA National Competition. DECA prepares students for entrepreneurship and leadership in marketing, finance, hospitality and management around the country and the world.
The board also recognized HHS science teacher Vickie McLaughlin who has been named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. McLaughlin was nominated by one of her former students, HHS alumni Ryan Mitchell. See related story above.
The board also heard a report about the first Hudson School District/UW-River Falls master’s program partnership. Earlier this month, 17 Hudson teachers completed two years of work and received Master of Science in Education degrees. The program was the first of its kind and, according to program coordinator Peg Shoemaker, “mirrored what we expect from Hudson teachers in their classrooms.” The program includes teachers across grade levels and disciplines from kindergarten to high school. “Teachers left being better teachers who will make an even bigger impact on their students than they did before,” said Shoemaker.