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District 191 board member is first recipient of ‘Rising Star’ award

Abigail Alt will be the first recipient of a new annual award created by the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to recognize a board member in their first elected term for outstanding leadership, collaboration, involvement, and for advocating on behalf of public education.

The Rising Star award honors the board members' willingness to learn about governance and ethics, along with their contributions to their board, school district and students.

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Superintendent Cindy Amoroso announced the award at the Dec. 13 board meeting, and Alt will officially receive it during MSBA's Leadership Conference Jan. 17 in Minneapolis.

After being appointed to the District 191 Board of Education in 2013, Alt was first elected in 2014. She recently was the top vote getter in the 2018 election and will begin a new four-year term in January 2019.

Alt has served as treasurer, vice chair and chair of the board. She also chaired the board’s Policy Review Committee and served on the Student Performance and Achievement Committee.

She chaired the district’s first PTO-sponsored board candidate forum, was a member of the Sky Oaks Elementary PTO, and the district’s curriculum advisory council. She was an active volunteer in her children’s school.

She has taken numerous MSBA courses to better understand the role and responsibilities of being a board member.

“Once appointed, Abigail joined the board ready to learn and contribute right out of the gate,” said Board Chair Jim Schmid in his nomination. “She engaged board members to understand not only the board dynamics, but also to educate herself on the current priorities and pressing matters.”

Schmid was impressed with how quickly Alt became the most visible board member throughout the district by attending a multitude of events and school functions in all buildings and across all grade levels throughout the year.

“Abigail is a professional; she holds herself and others to high standards of conduct both in work and in interactions,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso in her nomination. “Abigail is an advocate and is tireless for doing the right thing by our students — all our students.”

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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 08:46