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School Board Meetings
The following regular School Board meetings will begin at 6 p.m. at Dakota Ridge School, 4629 144th Street W, Apple Valley, Minnesota
July 14, 2014
August 18, 2014
September 8 and 22, 2014
October 13 and 27, 2014
November 10, 2014
December 8, 2014
January 12, 2015
February 9, 2015
March 9, 2015
April 13 and 27, 2015
May 11, 2015
June 8 and 22, 2015
Responsibilities of the School Board

The School Board is the governing body of the school district, responsible for developing policy to ensure the proper care, management and control of district affairs, and supporting the mission of educating our students to reach their full potential.

In addition to setting policy, the board hires the superintendent; approves staff hirings, resignations, terminations and leaves of absence; sets the annual local school levy; approves expenditures; approves educational programs (curriculum), and otherwise ensures that proper facilities and equipment are available to support teaching and learning in the district.

Every January the board holds an organization meeting to elect officers and set committees and appointments. There are four standing committees that meet periodically to study specific issues, work on special projects and make recommendations to the board as a whole. School Board members are appointed as liaisons to a variety of district advisory councils and education-related state organizations.

District voters elect, at large, seven residents who are United States citizens, at least 21 years of age upon taking office and not registered as a convicted sex offender. Members are elected to four-year terms on the November general election day in odd-numbered years. Four members are up for election one year and the other three are up for election two years later.

Public participation at School Board meetings

The public is welcome to attend School Board meetings, workshops and public hearings. Members of the public may participate in regular School Board meetings in the following ways:

Watch video of past School Board meetings and read minutes

You may stream video online of past meetings and read meeting minutes.

Addressing agenda items

The public may address agenda items in the Reports, Old Business, New Business and Other Action portions of the meeting, before board discussion on the topic, when recognized by the chairperson. Speakers are asked to identify themselves before they begin their comments and are allowed to speak one time per agenda item for up to two minutes.

Addressing issues not on the agenda

There are two ways the public may address the School Board at a meeting about issues that are not on the agenda:

  • Open Forum - Before the meeting is called to order, members of the public may sign up to speak during the Open Forum period. Up to seven people are allowed to speak for up to two minutes each during this portion of the meeting.
  • Special Communication Request - Members of the public may submit a written request to the secretary to the School Board no less than five days before the meeting at which they wish to speak. People who submit this written request are given five minutes to make their comments. If more than one person wishes to speak on the same topic, a maximum of 15 minutes is permitted for the topic.
School Board response to public comments

The School Board takes into consideration comments made by the public at meetings and hearings. Questions, concerns and requests directed to the board will usually be deferred pending administrative and board consideration.

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