About our 542 Foundation
The Battle Lake 542 Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3), organized in 2011 to respond to the ever-increasing needs of our award-winning school district by financially supporting educational programs for all students in Preschool-12 grades.
To augment public funds to support learning beyond the basics. Seek and utilize both the talents and financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to meet and exceed the learning obligations of our Preschool – 12th grade students.
To support the strategic learning programs in the Battle Lake School, which hone and enrich the skills of our students. Providing them the opportunity and framework to excel during their formal educational years, while building on critical thinking skills and developing positive interpersonal relationships to be better prepared to live and work in a global, technological and dynamic society.
Current Board members:
Chairperson: Shari (Thiel) Prigge, Class of 1976
Secretary: Brooke (Malmstrom) Olson, Class of 1984
Treasurer & Director of TTT Event: Judy (Thiel) Backhaus, Class of 1977
Jean Boyum, Community member & parent
Bob Koltes, Community member & parent
Barry Nelson, Class of 1968
Debbie Ness, Community member & parent
Rick Schaller, Class of 1961
Amy Severson, SpEd teacher
Jeff Skogen, Class of 1983
Lisa Young, Elementary teacher
Darren Kern, Superintendent (ex-officio)
Jeff Lukken, Director of 5K/10K Event (non-Board member)
The Board meets monthly throughout the year and new members are always welcome!
Pictured Front: Barry Nelson, Jean Boyum, Shari Prigge, Amy Severson, Lisa Young.
Pictured Back: Brooke Malmstrom Olson, Debbie Ness, Bob Koltes, Jeff Skogen, & Judy Backhaus.