Deuel School District 19-4 School Board Members
The Deuel School Board is made up of five at large community members that live in the district boundaries and are elected to three-year terms. The purpose of the school board is to serve as the governing board of a school district for the purpose of organizing, maintaining, and providing educational opportunities and service for those residing within the school district. School board meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:00 PM in the school library. Interim meetings are scheduled at the regular meetings and are TBA. The school district citizens are invited to attend board meetings and keep informed about public school issues. Before the meeting is called to order, an individual who desires to speak at a school board meeting must verbally or in writing inform the Superintendent, the Business Manager or the Board President of the person’s desire to speak and the topic upon which the person intends to speak. During the time designated for Public Forum the Board President will recognize the person who signed up to speak and the person may speak on the topic according to the rules set forth in this policy. The time designated as Open Forum for Public Participation on the agenda shall follow the approval of the agenda.
Phone: 605-520-2506 Committees: Personnel/Negotiations Committee Communication/Community Committee Academic Committee
Wade Gubrud, is the current board chairperson for Deuel School. He became a school board member in 2016 and will be up for re-election in 2022. Wade is employed by Pioneer Hi-Bred as a Key Account Manager and he travels eastern SD and western MN assisting producers with agronomic practices and seed purchases. Wade’s family includes his wife, Jane, and three children. Jane currently works for the SD Department of Education in Career and Technical Education. Grant is a freshman at Northern State University. Kaitlyn is a sophomore and Nolan is in eighth grade. Wade enjoys attending his children’s activities, and when time allows hunting and fishing. Wade has served on the Lake Cochrane Improvement Assoc. and currently serves on the Lake Cochrane Sanitary Board. When asked why he wanted to become a school board member, Wade said, “I wanted to gain a better understanding of how the school operates and to take an active role in those operations.” He also said that he enjoys communicating with people and finding ways to improve whatever process or task is at hand. When asked about our school district strengths, Wade commented we can be proud that we are: -Dedicated to student success -Large enough to provide opportunities and yet small enough to accommodate individual needs. -Growing enrollment
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Michelle Prins, is the current vice-chairperson for the Deuel School Board. She became a board member in July 2018 and her term will end in June 2024. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management and works at H-D Electric Cooperative in Clear Lake as a Billing Clerk. Michelle and her husband, Landon, also farm near Clear Lake.
Both Michelle and her husband grew up in the area and graduated from Deuel School, and they have three children. Their son Ethan is in 8th grade, daughter Taylor is in 7th grade, and son Owen is in 3rd grade. Michelle spends time attending their activities and she also teaches religious education class at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, and when she has free time she enjoys exercising and shooting pool. When asked why she wanted to become a school board member, she said, “With three young kids in the district, I wanted to be more involved in their education. I have experience with business operations and wanted to learn more about how the school operates. We live in a community that may feel disconnected from the school district. As a board member, I want to help bridge the gap between the community and school district.” With a finance background, I feel that I can bring strength to the board. I ask questions and spend time outside of our meetings researching things that I don’t fully understand. I regularly attend educational opportunities that are available through the ASBSD organization. When asked about her own schooling, Michelle said, “I learned that it is good to ask questions when you don’t fully understand things. Staying organized and practicing good study habits are skills that will be beneficial your whole life. I was fortunate to have parents & teachers that pushed me to work towards being a lifelong learner.”
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Melody Budahl became a board member in 2020 and her term will be up in July 2022. She has a BS in Business Administration and Management. Since 2008, Melody has worked at USDA Farm Service Agency, first as a contract worker and then as a permanent employee for the last nine years as a Farm Loan Officer. Stephen Budahl, Melody’s husband, works for ICAP as a Self-Help Housing Rehabilitation Representative (SHHR Rep). They have 5 children. Gunaar is in Pre-K, Kira is in Kindergarten, Kasen is a 5th grader, Emma is a Junior, Kenzie is currently attending NSU for Accounting and is on the NSU Cross country and track teams. Melody enjoys watching Deuel Cardinal sports, reading, and crocheting. She has been involved in the Deuel School Booster Club, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Parish Education Board, and as a Sunday School teacher for 4 years. She became a school board member, because she wanted to play an active role in her children’s education. She also replied that her understanding of finance /budgets, farm finances, cash flows, and financial concerns in turbulent markets is a strength as a board member. "The school district should be proud they have a board that wants to focus on school improvement in all aspects. We have worked for 2 years developing a strategic plan to meet the needs of the school, students, staff, and community. The goal of the strategic plan is to work towards transparency and improvements in communication, academics, school pride and meeting the building needs of the students and staff,” said Melody.