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School Board Meetings and Agendas

The School Board holds regular meetings on Mondays at least once each month according to a schedule approved by the board. Regular School Board meetings begin at 6 p.m. at Dakota Ridge School, 4629 144th Street W, Apple Valley, Minnesota. Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.021, School Board meetings may be held by video or teleconference or other electronic means during the pandemic. 

2020-21 School Board meeting dates

Regular School Board meetings:

  • July 27, 2020 - Zoom
  • August 10, 2020 - Zoom
  • September 14, 2020 - Zoom
  • September 28, 2020 - Dakota Ridge School
  • October 12, 2020 - Dakota Ridge School
  • November 9, 2020 - Dakota Ridge School
  • December 14, 2020 - Zoom
  • January 11, 2021 - Zoom
  • February 8, 2021 - Dakota Ridge School
  • March 8, 2021 - Dakota Ridge School
  • April 12, 2021 - Zoom
  • May 10, 2021 - tentatively Dakota Ridge School
  • June 14 , 2021 - tentatively Dakota Ridge School
  • June 28, 2021 - tentatively Dakota Ridge School

Posted special School Board meetings:

  • July 13, 2020 - Falcon Ridge Middle School
  • August 19, 2020 - Zoom
  • September 8, 2020 - District Office
  • September 14, 2020 - Zoom
  • September 28, 2020 - Dakota Ridge School
  • October 12, 2020 - Dakota Ridge School
  • October 29, 2020 - Zoom
  • November 16, 2020 - Zoom
  • December 7, 2020 - Zoom
  • December 22, 2020 - Zoom
  • January 25, 2021 - Falcon Ridge Middle School
  • February 2, 2021 - Zoom
  • March 8, 2021 - Dakota Ridge School
  • March 10, 2021 - Falcon Ridge Middle School
  • March 18, 2021 - Zoom

Any meeting involving 4 to 7 School Board members (a quorum) requires notice in district publications and electronic communications at least three days prior to the meeting. All School Board meetings are open to the public, unless closed pursuant to Minn. Stat. 13D.05.

Regular meetings are scheduled at least once per month, to review and take action on items.

Special meetings are scheduled as needed to take action on time-sensitive items and to review information in greater depth.

Agendas for regular meetings typically include: consent items; old and new business; other action; superintendent and school board member updates; reports; staff and student recognition; special communication requests, and open forum. The agenda and exhibits for regular meetings are available for public viewing at every meeting and via the district website the Friday prior to each meeting. Regular meetings are videotaped for viewing on the District 196 TV educational access channel and the district’s YouTube page.

Minutes are taken for all School Board meetings, regular and special, and are approved by the board and published in the district’s official newspaper.

For general questions about School Board meetings, contact the executive assistant to the Superintendent and School Board here.

Participation at meetings

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

  1. Watch video of past School Board meetings and read minutes. The public may stream video online of past regular meetings and read meeting minutes. Special board meetings are not recorded.
     
  2. 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. For virtual meetings, please contact the executive assistant here for more information about addressing agenda items.
     
  3. 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 – Up to seven people will be allowed to speak for up to two minutes each. For in-person meetings, a member of the public may sign up within 30 minutes before a board meeting begins to speak during the Open Forum portion of the meeting. For virtual meetings, a member of the public may sign up anytime before a board meeting by contacting the executive assistant here
  • Special Communication Request – A member of the public may submit a completed request form (Procedure 204.8.3P, Special Communication Request) to the executive 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. Contact the executive assistant to submit a request or ask for assistance here.

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.