School Board

School Board

Front L-R: Nelly Korman, Mia Olson and Beth Beebe
Back L-R: Kelly Olson, Matt Dymoke, Heather Starks, Tom Bennett, Dawn Steigauf and Janie Andersen

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 Sessions

School board business meetings are held on the fourth Monday 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. 

The second Monday of each month will be a study session for the School Board beginning at 7 pm.  Study sessions are not carried by BEC-TV.

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

The third Monday of each month is reserved for a study session, a board meeting, professional development, or a combination thereof.  The session will be at 7 p.m. unless determined otherwise.

School Board Listening Sessions

Prior to the study session on the second Monday of the month, the School Board will host a listening session from 6 - 6:45 p.m. Bloomington Public Schools parents/caregivers, students and staff, and Bloomington residents are invited to comment to the School Board. 

Individuals wishing to attend a listening session are required to register in advance with the Office of the Superintendent by completing the form below. If no one has registered by noon on the day of the meeting, there will be no listening session that day.  The start time for the listening session may be adjusted depending upon the number of registrations. Listening sessions are in person in the Arlene Bush Board Room.  Listening sessions are not carried by BEC TV.

Register for a listening session

 

BEC-TV Broadcasts

School Board meetings are covered live by BEC-TV and can be seen via live stream, Apple TV, Roku and Cable.

Ways to Watch

2022 Celebration of Service

Bloomington Public Schools honored 67 employees with a combined 1,306 years of service to the district at the Celebration of Service May 25. The annual reception recognized employees with 10 or more years of employment at the time of their retirement or departure. 

Watch the Celebration of Service Ceremony

The Board has established the following goals for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Position district to achieve passage of the Safe & Innovative Schools Renewal Levy.
  • Develop a new strategic plan.
  • Create clarity regarding district committees/purpose/members/roles/responsibilities.
  • Improve understanding of Board governance responsibilities versus management (Superintendent).
  • Improve community engagement.

 

The term for a School Board member is four years.  School Board members are elected in the odd years. The next election will be November 7, 2023. 

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.

Campaign Finance Reports

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 2022-2023

  • Monthly for high school - determined by student leaders
  • 3 sessions for middle school

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

Meeting Dates and Times

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

  • Oct. 24, 2022 – High School Representatives
  • Nov. 7, 2022 – Middle School Representatives
  • Nov. 28, 2022 - High School Representatives
  • Dec. 12, 2022 - High School Representatives
  • Jan. 23, 2023 – High School Representatives
  • Jan. 30, 2023 – Middle School Representatives
  • Feb. 27, 2023 - High School Representatives
  • March 27, 2023 -High School Representatives
  • April 17, 2023 - Middle School Representatives
  • April 24, 2023 - High School Representatives
  • May 22, 2023 - High School Representatives

Meeting Location

Oak Grove Middle School
1300 West 106th Street
Media Center

This year's student school board representatives are Janie Andersen (Jefferson) and Kelly Olson (Kennedy).

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.

The Board Student Advisory Council Committee members are Mia Olson, Chair; Beth Beebe and Matt Dymoke.

Dec. 12, 2022, 7 p.m.

The Truth In Taxation hearing for Bloomington Public Schools (BPS) will be held as part of the School Board Meeting on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.  If you wish to make a public comment or pose a question regarding your school district taxes during that portion of the meeting, you may do so by signing in upon your arrival at the Board Meeting.  The School Board Chair will call upon persons wishing to address the School Board and ask speakers to state their name and address before they begin with comments and/or questions.

The School Board Meeting and Truth in Taxation hearing location -- Educational Services Center, 1350 West 106th Street, in the Arlene Bush Board Room. 

2023 School Board Legislative Platform

The Bloomington Public Schools school board approved its 2023 Legislative Priorities on January 23.

The school board supports the following resolutions and platforms:

BPS 2023 Legislative Priorities - Jan. 23, 2023
MSBA Legislative Platform 2023
AMSD Legislative Platform 2023
MASA Legislative Platform 2023

Contact

schoolboard@isd271.org

Deb Bunkholt
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board
952-681-6402
dbunkholt@isd271.org
Resources
2022-23 Regularly Scheduled School Board Meeting Dates
2022-23 School Board Member Ambassadors
2022-23 School Board Member Assignments