School Board

The Board of Education meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the District Office Board Room.

School Board Information

School Board Member Code of Ethics


SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNANCE, POWERS AND DUTIES

1. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER/SUPERINTENDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM GUIDELINES.

AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, I WILL:
1. Attend school board meetings.
2. Come to the meetings prepared for discussion of the agenda items.
3. Listen to the opinions and views of others (including, but not limited to, other school board
members, administration, staff, students, and community members).
4. Vote my conscience after informed discussion, unless I abstain because a conflict of interest exists.
5. Support the decision of the school board, even if my position concerning the issue was different.
6. Recognize the integrity of my predecessors and associates and appreciate their work.
7. Be primarily motivated by a desire to provide the best possible education for the students of my school district.
8. Inform myself about the proper duties and functions of a school board member.

IN PERFORMING THE PROPER DUTIES OF A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, I WILL:
1. Focus on education policy as much as possible.
2. Remember my responsibility is to set policy – not to implement policy.
3. Consider myself a trustee of public education and do my best to protect, conserve, and advance its progress.
4. Recognize that my responsibility, exercised through the actions of the school board as a whole, is to see that the schools are properly run – not to run them myself.
5. Work through the superintendent – not over or around the superintendent.
6. Delegate the implementation of school board decisions to the superintendent.

TO MAINTAIN RELATIONS WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, I WILL:
1. Respect the rights of others to have and express opinions.
2. Recognize that authority rests with the school board in legal session – not with the individual
members of the school board except as authorized by law. Chapter 1(2)
3. Make no disparaging remarks, in or out of school board meetings, about other members of the school board or their opinions.
4. Keep an open mind about how I will vote on any proposition until the board has met and fully discussed the issue.
5. Make decisions by voting in school board meetings after all sides of debatable questions have
been presented.
6. Insist that committees be appointed to serve only in an advisory capacity to the school board.

IN MEETING MY RESPONSIBILITIES TO MY COMMUNITY, I WILL:
1. Attempt to appraise and plan for both the present and future educational needs of the school
district and community.
2. Attempt to obtain adequate financial support for the school district’s programs.
3. Insist that business transactions of the school district be ethical and open.
4. Strive to uphold my responsibilities and accountability to the taxpayers in my school district.




Public Participation at Board Meetings


  • The Board of Education allows public participation at its meetings, but at the same time has the responsibility for conducting its business in an orderly fashion. The Chairperson will provide the audience with an opportunity to address the board at the beginning of the meeting. Each speaker will be allowed five minutes for his/her presentation. When there are a large number of speakers to be heard, the Board of Education may shorten the time.

  • Undue interruption or other interference with the orderly conduct of Board of Education business cannot be allowed. Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order. The Chairperson may terminate the speaker’s privilege of address if, after being called to order, he/she persists in improper conduct or remarks.

  • Members of the Board of Education and the Superintendent may question a speaker or make comments in response to the speaker’s remarks.

  • At a public meeting of the Board, no person shall orally initiate charges or complaints against individual employees of the district or challenge instructional materials used in the district. All complaints about staff or other issues shall be referred to the Superintendent for investigation and report.




Board Committees


COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES Bowlus City Council: Mary Lange Curriculum: Russ Gerads, Angela Roering Facilities: Tyra Baumann, Rian Hofstad Finance Committee: Tyra Baumann, Russ Gerads, Angela Roering Health and Safety: Tyra Baumann, alternate - Angela Roering Labor Management: Russ Gerads, alternate - Randy Hackett Legislative Liaison: Mary Lange, Randy Hackett Meet and Confer: Russ Gerads, alternate - Randy Hackett Mid-State Education District: Mary Lange, alternate - Randy Hackett MSHSL: Tyra Baumann, alternate - Rian Hofstad Non-Union Employee Negotiations: Tyra Baumann, Rian Hofstad Para (RESP) Negotiations: Russ Gerads, Mary Lange Policy Review: Randy Hackett, Rian Hofstad, Mary Lange Principal Negotiations: Russ Gerads, Angela Roering Royalton City Council Meetings: Russ Gerads, alternate - Tyra Baumann Schools for Equity in Education (SEE): Russ Gerads, Randy Hackett Secretary (AFSCME) Negotiations: Russ Gerads, Randy Hackett Sourcewell: Russ Gerads alternate - Randy Hackett Staff Development: Rian Hofstad, Angela Roering Strategic Planning Committee/WBWF: Russ Gerads, Angela Roering Superintendent Negotiations: Rian Hofstad, Mary Lange Teacher (REM) Negotiations: Randy Hackett, Angela Roering




Contact the School Board


Tyra Baumann, Treasurer | tyra.baumann@isd485.org Russ Gerads, Vice-Chairperson | 320-290-7899 | russ.gerads@isd485.org 330 N Hickory St, Royalton, MN 56373 Randy Hackett, Chairperson | 320-249-5735 | rhackett@isd485.org 17190 15th Ave NE, Rice, MN 56367 Rian Hofstad, Clerk | rian.hofstad@isd485.org
Mary Lange, Director | 320-584-5878 | mary.lange@isd485.org 3758 120th Ave, Bowlus, MN 56314 Angela Roering, Director | angela.roering@isd485.org




Meeting Schedule


Regular meetings are scheduled on the 4th Monday of every month.
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Early Childhood Entrance, Pre-K 15 Board Room 2021 Regular Meeting Schedule 2021 *Work Session Meeting 2021 **Closed Session Meeting

  • January 25, 2021
  • Februrary 22, 2021
  • March 22, 2021
  • April 26, 2021
  • May 24, 2021
  • June 28, 2021
  • July 26, 2021
  • August 23, 2021
  • September 13, 2021 *Work Session Meeting Scheduled **Closed Session Meeting
  • September 27, 2021 Regular and ** Closed Session Meeting
  • October 25, 2021 Regular and ** Closed Session Meeting
  • November 22, 2021
  • December 13, 2021




Upcoming Meetings


Monday, October 25, 2021, 6:00 PM | Regular Board Meeting In-Person and Broadcasted | 120 South Hawthorn, Royalton. Enter Door #2 ECC Room PK15 Monday, October 25, 2021, following Regular Board Meeting | Closed Board Meeting