Board of Education

Meet the Board Members

Marie Karaba - President

Hello, my name is Marie Karaba. I grew up in Thorp and graduated from THS in 1992. I earned my Associates Degree in Accounting from CVTC in 1994 and have since been employed by Haas Transport, Inc. right here in Thorp. My husband Rob and I have two children, Taylor who graduated from THS in 2017 and is attending UWRF pursuing a degree in Food Science and Technology, and Carter who is a Junior here at THS. I love Wisconsin summers and enjoy boating, mowing lawn, tinkering with my flowers and trying to jog! Despite trying to stay in from the cold of the winter, I do enjoy getting out to snowshoe.

I was elected to the Board of Education in 2010 and I’m honored to be able to give back to the school and community through this service. Thorp has a lot to offer it’s students and the board will continue to strive to make decisions focusing on interests of all students.

Contact information: mkaraba@thorp.k12.wi.us

Marie Karaba, school board president

Dave Burke - Vice President

Prior to retiring in 2013, Dave worked for 21 years as a psychologist at CESA 10, including 12 years as psychological services coordinator and district administrative consultant, and 5 years as a director of special education. He was appointed to the Thorp School Board in June of 2016 and elected to a one year term in April 2017. He has lived in Thorp since 1979 with his wife, Diana Coffey, who also retired in 2013 after 34 years as a librarian for the Thorp School District.

Contact information: dburke@thorp.k12.wi.us

Dave Burke - Vice President

Photo of David Burke, school board vice president


Jeanette Kodl - Clerk


Contact information: jkodl@thorp.k12.wi.us

photo of Jeanette Kodl, school board clerk

Brenda Henke - Treasurer

Brenda graduated from THS in 1980. She attended one semester of college at UWEC. She was employed with Dan Becker, CPA for four years. Brenda has been employed as a bookkeeper for Haas Sons, Inc. for the past 34 years. She also does all the book work for her husband's business. This is her fourth year on the school board, and her fourth year serving as board treasurer. Brenda and her husband Bill have 3 grown children, all of whom have graduated from Thorp High School. Brenda is an avid Packer fan!

Contact information: bhenke@thorp.k12.wi.us

Brenda Henke - Treasurer

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Ty Schneider - Board Member


Contact information: tschneider@thorp.k12.wi.us

photo of Ty Schneider, school board member

ROLE OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The School District of Thorp Board of Education consists of five dedicated volunteers, who are elected to staggered three year terms. The Board is responsible for several key areas: establishing policy; defining District priorities and goals; monitoring and evaluating progress; approving contracts, bonds and the annual budget; and selecting and evaluating the Superintendent of Schools.

Establishing Policy

The Board sets policies that govern the education of all children attending our district schools, as well as the day-to-day operations of the District.

Defining Priorities and Goals

In collaboration with the Administration, the Board defines annual District priorities and establishes specific goals, rationale and expected outcomes. It delegates to the Superintendent of Schools (the District's chief executive officer and educational leader) the authority to develop, operate and manage the educational programs to meet these goals.

Monitoring and Evaluating Progress

The District Administrator regularly updates the Board on progress towards goals, and Board meetings and study sessions are often devoted to presentations highlighting work in specific areas.

Approving Contracts, Bonds and the Annual Budget

The Board guides negotiations with the District’s five bargaining units and approves all final collective bargaining agreements and employment contracts, as well as vendor contracts.

The District Administrator, with some guidance from the Board and in concert with his/her staff, prepares and presents a recommended budget to the Board. After discussion and input from the community, the Board is responsible for approving a final budget to be presented for a community vote. The Board strives to approve a budget that effectively balances costs with maintaining Thorp School District high instructional standards for students and staff.

Selecting and Evaluating the Superintendent

Perhaps the most critical responsibility of a Board of Education is to select and evaluate the Superintendent. The Board provides regular feedback and a formal annual review.