Making a Difference
District Administrator Gary Hansen
“It’s a Wonderful Life.” Some of you may already know that I am a big fan of this classic movie. The movie extends such a powerful message. Feeling rather insignificant, the main character, George Bailey played by Jimmy Stewart, finds out just how different the small town of Bedford Falls would have been without the influence he had on so many people.
The Rosendale-Brandon community has been touched by our own such “George Bailey.” After 15 years on the school board and eight years as board president, Dan Zimmerman is stepping down, and his position will be replaced in the April 1st election. This fine district has experienced great change as a result of Dan Zimmerman’s leadership efforts while on the board. For instance, our district was the first in the area, and one of the first in the state, to accomplish a one-to-one initiative providing a Netbook for each high school student, a concept that is now quite commonplace in the state. It was also under his leadership that the district began virtual learning, reinstated the R-BEL program, and initiated a charter school, just to name a few opportunities that were added for students. Certainly, there were countless numbers of people making each and every one of these programs become successful, but change does not happen without proper leadership.
Perhaps, the most trying of times experienced during Dan’s 15 years on the board was all the chaos, disruption, and change associated with Act 10. It was under Dan’s steady, competent, and calm leadership, and his vision of what is best for kids, fair to staff, and fiscally responsible, that the changes associated with Act 10 were put into place without fanfare.
And so, it is time for the Rosendale-Brandon School District and community to give thanks to an individual who has given much of his time, skill, and energy to serve the students and citizens of the district for the past 15 years. It is without a doubt, Rosendale-Brandon is a better district because of Dan’s contribution.
On behalf of the Rosendale-Brandon communities, Thank you Dan Zimmerman!