Welcomes two new members
The Osceola School board elected its officers for the 2020-21 school year in a meeting held via conference call on Monday, April 27.
The brief meeting saw nominations and voting take place in less than 20 minutes.
Brooke Kulzer will serve as the board’s president, while Brian Meyer will take up the role of vice president. Longtime board member Pete Kammerud will serve as the clerk and the board’s two newcomers, Lanette Johnson and Kysa Marten, will serve as the treasurer and director, respectively.
Marten was also elected to serve as Osceola’s delegate for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
New members go to work
Marten is holding public office for the first time. She’s a parent in the district and has also worked for the school in the past.
“I’m really passionate about the kids,” Marten said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Marten has two sons in the district, a forth grader and an eighth grader. She said this helps gives her a varied perspective on the district.
“Different ages brings different stages,” she said.
Marten is a social worker for Polk County, Wisc. and said mental health is a priority for her on the board. She said her own education and work experience give her a keen insight on that topic.
“The mental health of our students is very different than what it used to look like,” she said. “Working at the county I can see a lot of that first hand. Kids have to be in the right (mental) place to learn.”
She has worked in the district previously as a special education paraprofessional and administrative assistant. She also grew up in the area and said it feels good to be able to give back.
“I was delighted to get on the board,” she said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Marten is excited to get to work on the board and was glad to be elected as the director for the 2020-21 school year as well as being chosen as Osceola’s delegate for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
“It’s kind of like you planning for a wedding for two years and you just want to get the thing over with,” she said. “I’m so eager (to do it).”
Lanette Johnson is also new to the board. She currently has two children in the district and three more who have graduated from Osceola, so her experience as a parent within the district is vast. She has also worked for the school in the past as an occupational therapist and said that viewpoint is also useful to the board.
“I can see things from the employees’ perspective and the parents perspective,” she said. “So the reason I decided to run was to help merge those two worlds.”
Johnson said being elected as the treasurer for the 2020-21 school year suits her very well.
“That’s exciting for me,” she said. “I have my masters in business administration and I’m a data driven numbers person.”