Westonka School Board
The school board is the governing body of the school district, and the seven board members are local citizens elected to four-year terms.
Members are required to comply with laws and regulations enacted by the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota Department of Education.
The board approves budgets, hires staff, provides facilities, establishes curriculum, determines policy, and generally provides for the educational needs of Westonka students.
SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY - Application Deadline April 4
March 15, 2017 — The Westonka School District is seeking applicants for appointment to the school board to fill a vacancy on the board for a term of about June to December, 2017. The school board vacancy is the result of the death last month of long-time school board member Ann Bremer. By state law the school board must appoint an individual to temporarily fill the seat until someone can be elected in November to serve the remainder of the vacant term. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.
To be eligible to serve on the school board, applicants must be at least 21 years of age, be a resident of District 277 for at least 30 days and be an eligible voter. The time commitment is about 10-15 hours per month. Regular board meetings are held on average once a month. There are also special meetings, work sessions, in-services and seminars. Board members receive a monthly stipend.
Application forms are available from Carol Shukle, administrative assistant to the superintendent, (952) 491-8007 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or can be downloaded via the links below in either a printable PDF or editable Word version. Completed applications must be received (not postmarked) by Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the Westonka Educational Service Center, 5901 Sunnyfield Road E, Minnetrista, MN, 55364. Applications will be accepted by mail, email or in person.
A committee of three school board members will review the applications and select finalists by April 7. Depending on the number of applicants, the school board will review the applications of the finalists or conduct interviews by April 10 and appoint the interim school board member at the April 10 meeting.
Bremer’s full term runs until January 2020. Filing for a special election to fill the remaining two years of the term will open Aug. 1, 2017, at the same time as regular school board filing. The special election will be held in conjunction with the general election Nov. 7, 2017. The individual appointed by the school board to serve the next few months would have the option to file for election.
For more information about serving on the school board or the application process, contact Kevin Borg, superintendent, (952) 491-8001 or email@example.com.
Questions or Concerns?
Before appealing to the school board with an issue or problem, citizens are urged to contact the teacher, then the building principal, then the Superintendent of Schools in order to reach a successful closure to an individual issue. If these procedures are unsuccessful, then arrangements will be made for the concerned party to formally address the school board.
Please call the board secretary at (952) 491-8007 to be placed on the agenda. Correspondence to board members may be sent to individual members or the board as a whole in care of the Superintendent of Schools, 5901 Sunnyfield Road East, Minnetrista, MN 55364.