School Board

School Board Photo: Dawn Steigauf, Ally Starks, Shonte Brown, Nelly Korman, Tom Bennett, Heather Starks, Beth Beebe, Mia Olson, Jim Sorum, Superintendent Les Fujitake

Front L-R: Dawn Steigauf, student representatives Ally Starks and Shonte Brown, Nelly Korman
Back L-R: Tom Bennett, Heather Starks, Beth Beebe, Mia Olson, Jim Sorum, Superintendent Les Fujitake

The School Board is the policy-making body for Bloomington Public Schools. While the board is responsible for school programs and operations by law, it delegates some portion of that authority to the Superintendent. The School Board is governed by a chair and vice chair who are elected by the School Board membership.

 

School Board Meetings

School board meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the Arlene Bush Board Room at the Educational Services Center, 1350 W. 106th St. 

If a holiday falls on a Monday, the board session will be on Tuesday.

The third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. is reserved for a study session, a board meeting or a combination of the two unless determined otherwise.

BEC-TV Broadcasts

School Board meetings are broadcast live by BEC-TV, channel 15, and later replayed at 1 a.m., 7 a.m., and 1 p.m. the day following the meeting, as well as several times later in the week.
 

BEC-TV Live Stream

The board has established the following goals for the 2019-20 school year:

  1. Governance​​​
    1. ​ Study start times.
  2. Operational Oversight
    1. Provide support for innovative District projects.
    2. Negotiate new contracts.
  3. Policy
    1. Review and update 20 policies, if needed.
  4. Community Engagement
    1. Continue to implement the updated Community Engagement Plan of December 10, 2018.
    2. Plan for Board succession.
  5. Superintendent Relations
    1. Collaborate with the Superintendent on achieving the above goals.

The terms of three School Board members expire Dec. 31, 2019: Maureen Bartolotta, Dick Bergstrom and Nelly Korman.

The three new School Board members beginning January 2020 are Nelly Korman, Mia Olson and Heather Starks.  They will be taking the Oath of Office at the Jan. 13, 2020, School Board meeting. 

View full election results

View Nov. 12 School Board meeting

Qualifications for Voting and Assuming Office

Pursuant to the Federal and Minnesota constitutions, persons must be 18 years of age or older to vote; 21 years of age or older to assume public office. To qualify to vote or assume office a person must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Minnesota for 20 days preceding the election and a resident of the school district. In addition, to assume public office, a person must be a resident of the district for 30 days. Preregistration is not required.

Contact

With questions pertaining to filing procedures or reporting, contact Jennifer Hazel, deputy clerk for school board elections, at 952-681-6421.

The Board Student Advisory Council consists of student volunteers from all of our middle and high schools.  Students meet with the Board Student Advisory Council Committee throughout the school year. Students respond to request​s​ for advice and answer questions posed by the School Board. As part of its focus on engaging with students, School Board members attend student-led meetings such as student government meetings at the middle and high school levels. 

The Board Student Advisory Council also works to improve and strengthen our community through events like the District-wide Food Drive. 

Meeting Format

Sessions for 2019-2020

  • Monthly for high school - determined by student leaders
  • 2 middle school
  • 1 combined high school/middle school

Topics are generated by Student School Board Representatives (High School), student members, student council advisors and School Board members.

Meeting Dates and Times

All meetings are held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

  • Sept. 23, 2019 - High School Representatives
  • Oct. 28, 2019 – High School Representatives
  • Nov. 12, 2019 – Middle School Representatives
  • Nov. 18, 2019 - High School Representatives
  • Dec. 9, 2019 - High School Representatives
  • Jan. 27, 2020 – High School Representatives
  • Feb. 10, 2020 – Middle School Representatives
  • Feb. 24, 2020 - High School Representatives
  • March 16, 2020 -High School Representatives
  • April 13, 2020 - High School & Middle School Representatives
  • April 27, 2020 - High School Representatives
  • May 18, 2020 - High School Representatives

Meeting Location

Oak Grove Middle School
1300 West 106th Street
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This year's student school board representatives are Ally Starks (Kennedy) and Shonte Brown (Jefferson).

Student representatives attend meetings that are held on the fourth Monday of each month. They give reports about school activities and participate in discussion of board agenda items. They are non-voting members of the School Board. Student representatives have been a part of the School Board since 2016.

As student representatives to the School Board, one of their responsibilities is to co-lead meetings of the high school representatives of the Board Student Advisory Council.

Along with mentoring from their respective high school principals, each student representative has a School Board BSACC member as a mentor—Nelly Korman for Shonte Brown and Tom Bennett for Ally Starks (Beth Beebe also is a BSACC member).

Contact

schoolboard@isd271.org

Deb Bunkholt
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board
952-681-6402
dbunkholt@isd271.org
Resources
2019-2020 Regularly Scheduled School Board Meeting Dates
Recognition of the Public at School Board Meetings
2019-2020 School Board Member Ambassadors
School Board Contact Information 2020