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.
About School Board meetings
The School Board holds regular meetings on Mondays at least once each month according to a schedule approved by the board each spring. Regular School Board meetings begin at 6 p.m. at Dakota Ridge School, 4629 144th Street W, Apple Valley, Minnesota.
Participation at 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. The public 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 – A member of the public may sign up 30 minutes before a board meeting begins to speak during the Open Forum portion of the meeting. Up to seven people will be allowed to speak for up to two minutes each. Members of the public may submit a question or comment in advance of the meeting by emailing Caley.Jorgensen@district196.org.
Special Communication Request – A member of the public may submit a written request (Procedure 204.8.3P, Special Communication Request) to the administrative assistant to the School Board no less than five working days before the board meeting at which they wish to speak. This request and any related information will be shared with the board before the meeting. Individuals or groups who submit this written request are given five minutes to make their comments. Special Communications Requests on the same topic will be limited to the first three requests per meeting.
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.