School Board

School Board Photo: Nelly Korman, Beth Beebe, Dawn Steigauf, Tom Bennett, Mia Olson, Heather Starks, Jim Sorum

Front L-R: Nelly Korman, Beth Beebe, Dawn Steigauf
Back L-R: Tom Bennett, Mia Olson, Heather Starks, Jim Sorum

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.

Ways to Watch

The board has established the following goals for the 2020-2021 school year:

Governance​​​ and Policy

  • Strategic Plan
    • Refresh Strategic Plan with an emphasis on our Safe and Supportive Schools Plan.
      • Aligns with Resolution: Pledges to refresh its strategic plan with an emphasis on our safe and supportive schools plan.
    • Prepare for the development and establishment of a new Strategic Plan in 2021-2022.
  • Policies and Plans
    • Ensure that our Safe and Supportive Schools Plan, including cultural proficiency, is reflected in School Board policies and our curriculum and instruction, guides our budgeting processes, and helps shape our organizational culture.
      • Aligns with Resolution: Commits to instituting School Board goals and policies, and district educational curriculum that reflect the values expressed in this resolution, and to reform current policies through an equity lens. 

Operational Oversight

  • Accountability
    • Ensure the establishment of non-academic accountability indicators for the Safe and Supportive Schools plan.
  • School Planning 2020-2021
    • Ensure the District achieves and remains in compliance with MDH and MDE health and education guidelines throughout the year.

Community Engagement

  • Advocacy and Engagement
    • Recruit and give voice to people historically underrepresented in stakeholder groups.
    • Conduct an annual self-evaluation to assess our modeling, in words and actions, a school environment that promotes respect for and curiosity about all cultures, affirms the equal humanity of all members of the community, and rejects all forms of bullying and discrimination.
    • Participate in professional development regarding equity and access (foundational to safe and supportive schools).

Resolution Endorsing Safe & Supportive Schools

The Bloomington School Board unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing its Safe and Supportive Schools plan to address racial inequities and foster school environments that promote respect for and curiosity about all cultures. The Board vote took place during the June 22, 2020 meeting.

Three School Board members began new terms January 2020: Nelly Korman, Mia Olson and Heather Starks. They took the oath of office at the Jan. 13, 2020, School Board meeting. 

full 2019 School Board election results

Nov. 12 School Board meeting

2019 School Board Campaign Finance Reports

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

Jennifer Hazel
Deputy Clerk for School Board Elections
952-681-6421
jhazel@isd271.org

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 2020-2021

  • Monthly for high school - determined by student leaders
  • 3 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. 28, 2020 - High School Representatives
  • Oct. 24, 2020 – High School Representatives
  • Nov. 9, 2020 – Middle School Representatives
  • Nov. 23, 2020 - High School Representatives
  • Dec. 14, 2020 - High School Representatives
  • Jan. 25, 2021 – High School Representatives
  • Feb. 8, 2021 – Middle School Representatives
  • Feb. 22, 2021 - High School Representatives
  • March 22, 2021 -High School Representatives
  • April 12, 2021 - Middle School Representatives
  • April 26, 2021 - High School Representatives
  • May 10, 2021 - High School Representatives

Meeting Location

Oak Grove Middle School
1300 West 106th Street
Media Center

This year's student school board representatives are Tristan Phay (Kennedy) and Juma Waganda (Jefferson).

Student representatives attend meetings that are held on the fourth Monday of each month September through May. 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 member as a mentor. Jim Sorum is the mentor for Tristan Phay and Beth Beebe is the mentor for Juma Waganda. The Board Student Advisory Council Committee members are Beth Beebe, Chair; Mia Olson and Heather Starks.

Contact

schoolboard@isd271.org

Deb Bunkholt
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board
952-681-6402
dbunkholt@isd271.org
Resources
2020-2021 Regularly Scheduled School Board Meeting Dates
Recognition of the Public at School Board Meetings
2020-2021 School Board Member Ambassadors
Board Member Assignments 2020-2021
School Board Contact Information 2020