North Branch School Board Member Kirby Ekstrom was elected to the Minnesota School Boards Association Board of Directors on Jan. 16, 2015, at its annual Leadership Conference.

Ekstrom will serve a three-year term, becoming part of a state board consisting of 13 school board members from each area in the state. Ekstrom’s term runs through Dec. 31, 2017. He represents school board members in the north central part of Minnesota.

MSBA is a statewide nonprofit organization representing 337 Minnesota public school boards. MSBA provides technical assistance, advocates for public school students and offers training opportunities for board members.

MSBA is comprised of 13 districts. School board members from each district elect one board member to a seat on the Board of Directors, which oversees the organization.

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