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Marcia Lindblad to retire from Fridley School Board
Posted 12/28/2017 08:47AM

Longtime Fridley School Board member and current Board Chair Marcia Lindblad will retire from the board at the end of 2017. Lindblad, who did not run for re-election, will be succeeded by Avonna Starck who successfully bid for her seat.

The 29-year Fridley resident has three children, Kristofer, and twins Brent and Kort, all of whom attended Fridley Public Schools and graduated from Fridley High School in 2008 and 2011 respectively. Lindblad began her service to the school district as a parent volunteer at Hayes Elementary School, and later volunteered to support the 2005 referendum campaign.

That same year, following a resignation on the board, Lindblad successfully applied for and was appointed by the Fridley School Board to fill the open seat. She then ran her first successful campaign for the board in November 2005 and has been re-elected for three terms for a total of 12 years.

Lindblad has served in all positions on the school board, including Chair, Vice Chair, Clerk, Treasurer and Director. She has also represented Fridley as a school board member in various organizations, including the Fridley Public Schools Foundation, Northeast Metro School District 916, Technology and Information Educational Services (TIES) Joint Board and the advisory committee for Special Education.

As Lindblad reflected back on her many years of service, she said one of the most positive and prominent changes has been the implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.

“Every one of our students benefits from IB,” Lindblad said. “The Learner Profile works well in terms of character development in young students. It teaches international mindedness that really helps to mold our youth into global citizens.”

Lindblad said she is happy to be part of a community that strongly supports its schools. From voting to support referendums, volunteering in classrooms, or providing school supplies, it is clear that the Fridley community cares about its students and schools.

Lindblad added she is thankful to the Fridley school district and community for allowing her all these years to positively contribute.

“I was an involved parent and volunteer,” Lindblad said. “Volunteering and then serving on the board gave me a great opportunity to give back to the community.”

Lindblad’s final school board meeting was on December 19, 2017.


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