School Board members during meeting

About the School Board

The School Board is the governing body of District 196, 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 hiring, resignations, terminations and leaves of absence; sets the annual local school levy; approves expenditures; approves 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.