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.
July 13 Westonka School Board Meeting
Following months of virtual board meetings, the Westonka School Board is looking forward to meeting in person once again on Monday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Westonka Performing Arts Center. The meeting will be streamed live to the district’s YouTube channel and archived video will be available on the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC) website following the 2-3 days following the meeting.
Based on guidance from the state health and education departments, Westonka Public Schools leaders have been busy creating contingency plans for the fall around three scenarios: in-person instruction, distance learning, and a hybrid of the two. Any of these scenarios could apply at different times during the 2020-2021 school year, based on state requirements with the changing COVID-19 metrics. Individual schools and districts may be directed by the state to switch educational models during the year in reaction to COVID-19 cases in their communities.
On Monday night, the board will receive an update on the district’s planning process for the three models. If public health officials allow for in-person school this fall, Westonka Schools is committed to reopening as much as possible in accordance with health and safety requirements.
The district will be sending surveys to all staff and families the week of July 13 to help guide its fall planning. The board is set to approve Westonka’s final re-entry plans for the 2020-2021 school year at the August 10 meeting.
Where to Watch the Meeting
Watch live on YouTube at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13: https://www.youtube.com/
- Slideshow presentations links:
The full video from LMCC-TV will be posted 2-3 days following the meeting: http://www.lmcc-tv.org/westonka-school-board.html
- The public has the opportunity to submit comments or questions to the school board prior to, during and following the meeting at https://forms.gle/
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.