Hopkins School Board member named to 2022 All-State School Board

Hopkins School Board member Steve Adams has been named to the 2022 All-State School Board, which is the Minnesota School Boards Association’s (MSBA) most prestigious award. The award will be given at MSBA’s annual Leadership Conference Jan. 13 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

Adams’ Board colleagues surprised him  with the news of the award at the Nov. 23 School Board Meeting. His recognition included a video highlighting his service in Hopkins and cake and refreshments. 

"Steve has played an integral role in welcoming and mentoring new board members into the work of the Hopkins School Board. He has an extensive knowledge of not only the Hopkins School District’s history, but also public education issues that impact the entire state,” said Hopkins School Board Chair Jen Bouchard. 

Since 1971, MSBA’s awards committee selects up to seven individual board members to the All-State School Board. There are nearly 2,300 school board members in Minnesota. Board members are nominated by superintendents, fellow board members, parents or community members for their outstanding contributions to public education. Adams was one of seven board members chosen for the award this year.

"The All State School Board represents the highest example of board service. These are school board members who are committed to student achievement, determined to build support for their local schools and unwavering in their pursuit of what’s best for students,” MSBA Executive Director Kirk Schneidawind said.

Criteria for the award includes MSBA training, strong leadership; excellence in boardsmanship; communication skills; visionary thinking; demonstration of concern for students, staff and taxpayers; and support for the nomination from stakeholders.  MSBA is a private nonprofit organization that provides cost-saving programs, management support, board training, advocacy, research and referral for Minnesota’s public schools.