District Committees and Advisory Councils

Bloomington Public Schools offers parents and community members many opportunities to serve on committees and advisory councils. We welcome the input and involvement of our community in our decision-making processes around our District, schools and programs.

Committee Interest Form

Your response will be routed to the appropriate committee for consideration. Please note that each group has its own process for considering and accepting new members.

The American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) is a dedicated group of parents, grandparents and caregivers of American Indian children. High school students are also encouraged to participate.

The committee serves as a vital link between the American Indian community and Bloomington Public Schools.

For more information, please contact the Indian Education Office at 952-806-7954.

Current Parent Committee Members

  • Louis Garrett (Chair)
  • Carla Jackson
  • Gina Aulwes
  • Jennifer Tangness
  • Student Representative: Veronica Jackson

2023-24 Organizational Meeting Dates

Monthly meetings are open to the community. Meetings take place at Pond Center at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. All parents of American Indian children are welcome and American Indian high school students are encouraged to attend. Please join us!
AIPAC meeting dates for the school year:
  • Oct. 11
  • Nov. 8
  • Dec. 13
  • Jan. 10
  • Feb. 14
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8

The Bloomington Public Schools Advocacy Council (BPSAC) collaborates with and advises the School Board on legislative matters and advocates for district issues.

If you are interested in joining the council, please complete the Committee Interest Form or contact Dennis Kane. 


Dennis Kane

BPSAC Bylaws       sign up for our email list

The Calendar Committee develops and reviews calendar options, collects feedback and makes a recommendation on which calendar would best meet the needs of Bloomington students for the following school year.

The objective of the CCC is to design an integration plan that meets state requirements and best serves the needs of the targeted community. Members of the CCC are committed to achieving excellence for all students and providing meaningful interracial experiences and education for all learners, in support of high expectations and achievement.

The mission of Bloomington Community Education is to provide engaging high-quality lifelong learning opportunities, enriching the lives of our diverse community.


Mary Jelleberg

Visit the CEAC webpage

The Bloomington School District re-established Community Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) in March 2007. The committee consists of Bloomington business leaders and meets to review school district financial statements and provide advice to the School Board and Finance Department regarding financial issues and emerging industry trends.

The Executive Director of Finance and Support Services provide the administrative and logistical support for this committee.

CFAC Members

  • Lori Economy-Scholler
  • Bob Erickson
  • Peter Sausen
  • Kyle Uphoff
  • Lisa Wheeler
  • Mike Zenk
  • Tiffany Shermak
  • Rod Zivkovich
  • Kim Agate
  • Beth Beebe
  • Dawn Steigauf


Laurie Henning-Johnson

The District Diversity Advisory Council is responsible for advising the superintendent/designee in all matters concerning diversity and inclusion. The District Diversity Advisory Council provides information to the administration regarding any policy, program, or activity that deals with diversity or inclusion. The Committee interfaces with the City of Bloomington Human Rights Commission, other governmental agencies, schools, and community and business organizations on any matters involving human relations or diversity.

The membership of the DDAC reflects a wide range of contributions by and roles open to men and women of many different races and cultures throughout our schools and community.

Responsibilities of the DDAC

The Bloomington Early Learning Advisory Council is a group of volunteer parents and caregivers interested in promoting the goals of Bloomington Public Schools Early Childhood programs which serve our youngest learners, age birth through 5.

Our work is focused in four areas:

  • Planning events that bring our families together
  • Increasing awareness of ECFE and all Early Learning programs so more families know about them
  • Raising money to support our Early Learning programs
  • Providing feedback to continually improve our Early Learning programs

For more information please visit www.bloomingtonearlyadvisors.org

The Paraprofessional advisory committee addresses the needs of all district general and special education paraprofessionals. The committee helps plan professional development opportunities and provides ongoing support to paraprofessionals. 

The committee meets once a month for one hour in addition to ongoing communication. Sub-committees are occasionally formed to address particular needs.

Committee Members

  • Chris Christenson, Special Education Supervisor
  • Laura Pasternacki, Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Kristine Berg, Human Resources
  • Lisa Froemming, General Education Paraprofessional;
  • Roxanne Mills, General Education Paraprofessional
  • Sue Soderstrom, General Education Paraprofessional
  • Kim Pawek, Special Education Paraprofessional 
  • Lisa Robinson, Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Amanda Salovich, Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Bill Schwandt, Special Education Paraprofessional 
  • Mary Burroughs, Director of Human Resources


Laura Pasternacki


The Pathways Advisory Committee (PAC) is a School Board-appointed committee of parents and staff charged with reviewing the curriculum process, evaluation results and District plans. The role of PAC is to communicate with parents the activities of the committee, and to solicit comments and feedback on curriculum and assessment issues. 


Beth Flottmeier, Ed. S.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction


Meeting Dates

The committee meets quarterly during the school year. Meetings will occur on the first Monday of the month in November, March and May with the exception of January due to winter break.

Meetings for the 2022-23 school year:


The Special Education Community Advisory Council (SECAC) advises the director of student services regarding current issues, program development, parental concerns and involvement and departmental priorities. Its mission is to provide input to the Bloomington department of special education, to serve as a communication link with the Bloomington community at large, to advocate for high quality educational programs for all learners, and to assure the implementation of the district and special education mission to all students in the Bloomington Public Schools.

Learn more about SECAC


Andrea Pehrson

The Wellness Committee provides support to schools to implement the Wellness Policy and Guidelines. The committee develops and provides tools and resources about wellness and shares wellness initiatives across the district.

The Wellness Committee consists of volunteers, including...  

  • parents
  • principals
  • food program staff
  • teachers
  • school administrators
  • members of school-based organizations (Parent Teacher Student Association)
  • local health professionals (Bloomington Public Health)

Local Wellness Policy: Triennial Assessment


Hannah Hatch
District Health Services Supervisor