We're glad you're here!
Welcome to this meeting of the Board of Education of School District 75, St. Clair Minnesota. The board thanks you for your interest in school district affairs. This information has been prepared to familiarize you with the operation and procedures of the Board of Education including the rules for participation in this meeting.
The Board of Education of School District 75 is comprised of six members, elected from residents of the district. Elections are held in November of even-numbered years, and newly-elected members take office on January 1 of the following year. Your board members this year are:
Connie Johns, Chair
Jillian Cousins, Vice-Chair
Jack May, Clerk
Nancy Thompson, Treasurer
Jim Grabowska, Director
Shawn Kunz, Director
Tom Bruels, superintendent, also serves as an ex-officio member of the board, without the right to vote. Also attending are high school principal Dustin Bosshart, elementary dean of students Nadine Holland, and business manager Kelly Zabel, who serves as a financial information resource.
Board meetings are normally held on the third Monday of the month, the fourth Monday if there are five Mondays in the month. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., and are held in room D127. Enter the south door of the building, turn left past the district office, then turn left past the high school office, then turn right. Room D127 is the first classroom on the right. There is always the possibility of meeting date conflicts, necessitating a change of dates. When this occurs, the public will be informed via posting on the north and south entrances of the school and also at the St. Clair State Bank lobby. Business at certain times also may make it necessary to adjourn a meeting to a future date. There are also instances where a special meeting may need to be called to address specific issues. When this occurs, meeting notices will be posted in the usual places. All meetings of the full board (regular, special, and emergency) are open to the public. A meeting may be closed at some point to discuss matters protected by the Data Privacy Act. When this occurs, a summary of the meeting will be published when allowed by the Act.
The Board of Education must have a quorum, or four members, present before it can take official action. Most board items take a simple majority of the members present to approve a specific item. The Board of Education has complete and final control over school matters, subject to state law and statute, regulations of the Department of Education and of course, the will of the district residents, as expressed through local elections.
Meetings of the board will follow a standard agenda. Information for board members will also be made available to the attending public, with the exception of information that is considered by state statute to be protected by the Data Privacy Act. Items not on the official agenda may be considered at meetings with the consent of board members present.
The board allows for public participation during the open forum at its regular meetings, but at the same time has a responsibility to conduct its business in an orderly fashion. Individuals wishing to present specific items for the Board's consideration should present them to the superintendent at least five days prior to the meeting so information can be supplied to the board members with their regular meeting information. For more specific guidelines, please read the Public Participation Guidelines and Rules.