School Board

School Board

Front L-R: Dhruvika Uppal, Nelly Korman, Dawn Steigauf, Beth Beebe and Kenneth Adah
Back L-R: Tom Bennett, Matt Dymoke, Heather Starks and Mia Olson

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 speak at 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 to speak 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 speaker 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

School Board Member Handbook

The district's School Board Member Handbook provides guidance related to the role of being a school board member. It is a resource for those currently serving on the school board and those who look to serve on the board in the future. 

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

2023 Celebration of Service

Bloomington Public Schools honored 55 employees with a combined 1,253 years of service to the district at the Celebration of Service May 24. 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.

November 7, 2023 Election

The next election will be November 7, 2023. There is no primary election for School Board members.

The term of three current School Board members expires December 31, 2023: 

  • Nelly Korman
  • Mia Olson
  • Heather Starks.

Early Voting

Early voting starts on September 22, 2023. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Additional early voting dates are Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Monday, November 6 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Voters may vote in person at: 

Bloomington Civic Plaza
1800 West Old Shakopee Rd.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Candidate Filings

Filings opened on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at 8 a.m. and closed on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 5 p.m. The filing fee is $2.00. Filings will be conducted at the Educational Services Center, 1350 West 106th Street, Room 505, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 pm. On the last day of filing, applications can be filed up until 5 p.m.

Filings for School Board will be accepted by a scheduled appointment with Jennifer Hazel.

On July 19 at 7 p.m., there will be an information meeting for persons interested in learning about becoming a school board member. The information meeting will be at the Educational Services Center in Room 601. School Board members Dawn Steigauf, Beth Beebe and Matt Dymoke will provide the leadership for this 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.

Campaign Finance Reports


Jennifer Hazel
Deputy Clerk for School Board Elections

School Board Member Term Expiration Dates
Nelly Korman                   Term expires 12/31/23
Mia Olson                           Term expires 12/31/23
Heather Starks                 Term expires 12/31/23
Beth Beebe                       Term expires 12/31/25
Tom Bennett                     Term expires 12/31/25
Matt Dymoke                    Term expires 12/31/25
Dawn Steigauf                  Term expires 12/31/25

The student school board representatives for 2023-2024 are Dhruvika Uppal (Jefferson) and Kenneth Adah (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.


Dec. 11, 2023, 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. 11 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


Deb Bunkholt
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board
2023-24 School Board Meeting & Study Session Dates
2023-24 School Board Member Ambassadors
2023-24 School Board Member Assignments