Wayzata School District Honors Board Members Who Served a Combined 44 Years
Calling it a “wonderful experience,” Linda Cohen looked back at her more than two decades of service on the Wayzata School Board with CCX News. The Wayzata School District honored Cohen and fellow board members Bonita Lucky and Cheryl Polzin on Thursday night.
The three served a combined 44 years. Each chose to retire and not seek re-election last fall.
Cohen served 24 of those years, the longest tenure for a board member in the history of Wayzata Public Schools. She told CCX News that she’s most proud of the relationships she built to work collaboratively with other board members.
“I think it’s so important to have a team working together,” said Cohen. “So I think that’s probably what I’m most proud of.”
Bonita Lucky served the past eight years, while Cheryl Polzin served the past 12 years.
Polzin says school board work can be challenging due to many different areas to focus on.
“It’s very complex,” said Polzin. “We try to be thoughtful and methodical and always keeping in mind what’s best for students.”
Cohen said she’s hopeful the new board members will maintain the district’s high standards.
“Currently the district is often thought of as No. 1 in the state,” said Cohen. “And I’m hoping they’ll be able to keep that kind of academic excellence and also the spirit and feeling of belonging for students.”
New board members Paras Bhende, Valentina Eyres and Dan Ginestra were sworn in at the Jan. 9 meeting. Sheila Prior, who was re-elected, was also sworn in.