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Westhope, N.D., woman named to state education board

Lyndsi Engstrom, member of the Westhope School Board, was appointed by the governor to serve on board which supervises the development of a state learning continuum

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Lyndsi Engstrom, a member of the Westhope (N.D.) School Board, has been appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to serve on the North Dakota Board of Public School Education.
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A Westhope, North Dakota, woman has been appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to the North Dakota Board of Public School Education.

Lyndsi Engstrom, a member of the Westhope School Board since 2017, succeeds Maria Effertz Hanson, of Velva, North Dakota, who resigned in December. Engstrom was appointed to fill the remainder of Hanson’s six-year term, which ends June 30, 2024.

In her new role, Engstrom will represent Benson, Bottineau, Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Towner and Walsh counties.

She is director of research, design and value at the Central Regional Education Association (CREA), one of seven regional service agencies that provide professional development and support to North Dakota schools. The CREA serves more than three dozen school districts, including Bismarck, Mandan and Minot.

The North Dakota Board of Public School Education supervises the development of a state learning continuum, which identifies critical skills for students to develop during their K-12 education.

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Board members review and act on requests from school districts to dissolve, reorganize or transfer property. The board has charge of the North Dakota K-12 Education Coordination Council, which reviews the effectiveness of the state’s education programs.

Members of the North Dakota Board of Public School Education are automatically part of the state Board of Career and Technical Education, which oversees North Dakota’s state CTE department and programs.

The Board of Public School Education has seven members — six who are appointed by the governor and represent groups of counties, which are specified in state law. The seventh member is Kirsten Baesler, state school superintendent, who serves as the board’s executive secretary. The state Department of Public Instruction provides administrative support to the board.

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