MAPS BoE President honored by state school board association

Merrill Area Public Schools announced that Board of Education President Jeff Verdoorn has received the Level 1 Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.
The award recognizes Verdoorn for his commitment to students by continuously participating in the organization’s programs and initiatives. WASB members are recognized for their participation in workshops, seminars, conventions and by serving on committees.
“Mr. Verdoorn has been a constant advocate for the students in the Merrill Area Public Schools, and we are thrilled that he has been recognized by WASB,” said Dr. Lisa Snyder, MAPS superintendent. “As a board member, he has proven over and over that he is dedicated to continuing the tradition of our great local schools.”
Verdoorn was elected to the MAPS Board of Education in 2008 and was selected to be president that same year. In addition to his work on the board, he is also a member of the Rotary club, a board member of the Good Samaritan Healthcare Foundation, a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and is active in the United Way.
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards seeks to advance education through supporting the tradition of local school board control of the state’s public schools. It helps meet the challenges facing school boards by providing innovative ideas, advocacy, essential services, resources, relevant programs and quality information.
“The district continues to be thankful for the active engagement of Mr. Verdoorn and all of our board members in ensuring our students get the top-quality education they deserve,” Snyder said.
Verdoorn is the vice president of operations for Wausau Paper, overseeing four mills in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is married and has two children, who both have attended MAPS.

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