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School Board Elects Officers

School Board Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Members

At the annual Organizational Meeting of the Cambridge-Isanti School Board on January 5, 2023, three new School Board members and one returning member were sworn in and the School Board elected four new officers.

 

School Board Leadership

Heidi Sprandel, elected Board Chair, has served on the School Board for ten years and previously served as Board Treasurer. She originally ran for the School Board “to make sure families of students with special needs had a voice.” Throughout her service on the Board, she has served on most Board committees, including finance, negotiations, and strategic planning.

DeEtta Moos, elected Board Vice Chair, is in her first year on the Board. She has been a regular attendee at School Board meetings over the last two years and recently served on the district’s strategic planning committee. 

Carri Levitski, elected Board Clerk, has served on the Board since 2017 and is in her second term on the Board. Ms. Levitski is a passionate advocate for equitable school funding at the state level and has been an active member of SEE, in addition to serving on the Legislative and Communications committees.

Nicole Johnson, elected Board Treasurer, is beginning her second term on the Board, initially elected to the Board in 2018. Ms. Johnson is a school finance professional working in another public school district and brings deep knowledge of the Minnesota education funding formulas to her responsibilities for financial oversight as a steward of taxpayer dollars.

Gary Hawkins is continuing in his 15th year as a member of the Board, having previously served as a Board officer. Mr. Hawkins originally ran for the Board to remain involved in the district after retiring from 38 years of teaching.

 

Meet our New Board Members

Kevin Gross and his wife, Emma, have lived in the district for 19 years. They have three children attending school in this district. Mr. Gross has served the community as a Cambridge police officer for nine years and admits his favorite assignment is as a school resource officer. “I am passionate about the safety of our schools. I am also passionate about supporting and improving our school and community.” As a School Board member, Mr. Gross is committed to building strong relationships. “Just as I work to support and build strong and trusted relationships with the students I serve, I will work to do the same for our community.”

Mr. Gross was born and raised in Mora. He earned his two-year degree from Anoka Ramsey, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from St. Cloud State, and a law enforcement degree from Alex Tech. He ran track In high school, in addition to hunting and fishing. They are active in 4-H and raise pigs, goats, and chickens. He and his family love being outdoors, which makes Cambridge-Isanti the perfect place to raise his family. 

 

DeEtta Moos and her husband, Todd, have four grown children and have made their home in Isanti County for over 25 years. She grew up on a farm and attended Princeton Public Schools, where she was active in choir, yearbook, Honor Society, basketball, and volleyball. She has been devoted to serving our community, teaching all ages of youth in her church and community, volunteering in 4H Shooting Sports and several Community Education activities. After a career in banking for 20 years, Mrs. Moos and her husband now own a local landscaping business, TM Home and Lawn Care. 

Mrs. Moos ran for School Board because she is committed to ensuring “the children in our community get the best education our school can provide! After two years of interrupted learning, it is time to refocus our school on its most basic responsibility, the teaching of reading, writing and arithmetic! With these skills and a love of learning, our students can achieve much!” 

 

Mark Solberg and his wife Kelly have been school district residents since the summer of 1981. He served the district as a social studies teacher and coach for football, baseball, girls’ basketball, and as athletics and activities director at Cambridge-Isanti High School until he retired in 2022 after 41 years of service to our school district. Mark and Kelly have four sons, who, he says, “received an outstanding education in our schools.” As a School Board member, he aims to help all students receive the same high-quality education that his children experienced. 

Mr. Solberg has a bachelor's degree in social studies and physical education, a principal’s license, coaching license, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and he earned certification as an athletics and activities administrator. Mr. Solberg’s past leadership experience includes serving as President of the Minnesota Interscholastic Activities Administrator’s Association and on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota State High School League. In 2021, he was honored as one of eight finalists for National AD of the Year. He is a member of the Bluejacket Hall of Fame. 

 

The Responsibilities of the School Board

The Cambridge-Isanti School Board is comprised of seven elected directors who represent, lead, and serve the stakeholders of Cambridge-Isanti Schools through educational philosophies and procedures that promote a high-quality education for all students. School Board members are elected to four-year terms. 

School Board members are empowered by the Minnesota Legislature. This power puts members of the School Board in the position of being both morally and legally responsible for equitable, quality education for every student in the district. 

In carrying out this responsibility, Board members fulfill the roles of vision, structure, accountability, and advocacy. In providing vision, the Board, with extensive participation of the community, envisions the community’s educational future and then formulates the goals, defines the outcomes, and sets the course for the public schools. 

To achieve the vision, the Board establishes a structure and creates an environment designed to ensure all students have the opportunity to attain their maximum potential through a sound organizational framework. 

As a Board accountable to the community, they ensure continuous assessment of student achievement and all conditions affecting the education of our children. 

Board members serve as education’s key advocates on behalf of students and our community schools to advance the vision for our schools. 

Furthermore, Board members strive to work together with the superintendent and staff to lead the district toward fulfilling its mission, fostering excellence for every student in academic skills and knowledge, citizenship and personal development. 

Having signed the acceptance of office and oath of office, Board members hereby publicly affirm a commitment to support the Constitution of the United States and of Minnesota and to discharge faithfully the duties of the office of School Board member of Independent School District No. 911 to the best of their judgment and ability.