Using an application and interview process, the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School Board selected Stan Vander Kooi to replace outgoing board member Dean Perry.
Perry announced in June his decision to step-down from the board stating that he wasn’t able to dedicate as much time as he felt was needed to serve on the board.
Vander Kooi has lived in Buffalo for 34 years. He and his wife Carol have two children who both graduated from Buffalo High School. More than 30 years of Vander Kooi’s career was spent in agriculture, primarily as an instructor. More than 20 of those years were spent at the Wright Technical Center as an instructor of adult farm management. In 2007 he retired but continues to do private consulting with 25 area farmers, farms his own 120 acres and rents 230 acres to produce corn, soybeans and alfalfa. His list of community involvement includes his church, the Wright County Fair Board and he is the Wright-Hennepin Corn Growers Chairman.
When asked why he wanted to serve on the school board, Vander Kooi responded, “This is an opportunity to be more fully involved with the education of the students of BHM Schools. We already have an excellent school system and we need to continue to look toward the future. I have always been a supporter of education, and I look forward to discovering how the BHM School System operates in providing educational opportunities for our students. I hope to bring a perspective that all students have different skill sets. We have five grandchildren in BHM Schools now, and we need to continue to provide programs and activities that allow students to be prepared for the next stage in their lives.”
The board was looking for a candidate who would compliment the current board and help make them an even stronger, more diverse board.
“Everyone who applied was a good quality candidate,” explains BHM School Board Chairperson Sue Lee. “We were very impressed with Stan. He has a genuine care and concern for students. Throughout the interview process, his responses to our questions were very thoughtful, and his outlook on education is on target with our district’s goals. His background in agriculture and as an instructor will bring a different voice to the table. We look forward to working with him.”
Vander Kooi’s appointment was approved during a special board meeting prior to the August 11 board workshop. His term will continue until Dec. 31, 2015. The seat will be up for election on the November 2015 ballot.