ISD #299 School Board Members


Welcome to your School Board’s web page. We hope the information provided will assist you in understanding the role of the School Board, we encourage your participation with the education of our students.  Please visit the District’s website often to remain current with the happenings in our District.   There are significant academic advancements occurring daily in our School, we encourage you to volunteer, become engaged in the education of our youth, and provide a positive “Warrior Way” role model of your commitment to lifelong learning.  
 
We recognize the successes of our District (be they academic or extra-curricular), are attributed to the hard work and dedication of our Staff, Students, Parents, and You - our community as a whole.  If we may be of further assistance to you please feel free to contact us; our email, telephone numbers, and committee assignments are provided below.  

TOGETHER we are transforming our youth, they are “learning today – leading tomorrow”.  It is our privilege to serve on YOUR School Board.

 

SCHOOL BOARD’S ROLE:
As individuals we hold no authority!   As a Board, and only during meetings, are we empowered by State Statute.  The School Board is primarily responsible the following:
  • Certification of tax levies
  • Hiring a Superintendent (the CEO of our District)
  • Oversight of Financial, Facilities, & Human Resources of the District
  • Establishment of Policy
  • Setting the short and long term goals for the District, we then direct the Administrative team to implement those goals
  • Represent the District in collective bargaining negotiations with our Staff
  • And other various duties as defined in State Statute
We are a resource for you, to help guide the District.   We do not manage the day-to-day operations of the District, Superintendent Barton is tasked with those responsibilities.  
 

FOR THOSE DESIRING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD:
We welcome and encourage your participation at our meetings.   If you desire to address the Board please refer to our Public Address Policy #206. When you address the Board this is your opportunity to share with us information you feel is important for us to know; it is our intention to follow the guidelines established in policy #206..
 
If you have a particular concern we direct you to first speak with the source of your concern, many times the issue can be resolved with clear communication.  The building Principal would be the next person you should meet with, in the unlikely event you still have an unresolved concern we encourage you to make an appointment with Mr. Barton our Superintendent.   The school board is your final point of contact.

 
 
MEETINGS:
Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Middle School / High School media center (unless otherwise posted prior to the meeting).   Special or Emergency meetings will be scheduled as the need arises and announced within the parameters identified by Statute.  
 
All our meetings are open for you to attend, unless the topics of discussion are confidential as defined in our Open/Closed Meeting Policy #205, a notice of intention to close that portion of the meeting will be identified in the agenda.   When a closure occurs the general topic of the proposed closure will be identified prior to closing the meeting, a statement regarding the closure and any decisions made will be provided at our next regularly scheduled meeting.   
 
Our Agendas are available online at On-Line School Board Agendas. The Administration often provides us with additional material to help prepare for School Board meetings, one copy of said material will be provided for the public’s reference at our meetings.

 
 
AGENDAS:
Our meetings follow a pre-established format.   The agenda will include:
  1. Calling the meeting to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll call
  4. Approval of agenda
  5. Warrior Pride – We recognize individuals or organizations who contribute to the success of our District
  6. School Board Showcase – We highlight significant events / efforts within our District
  7. Student School Board Representative report - Student School Board members are ex-officio members of the School Board we encourage them to share current events in the High School and to provide input during the meetings –
  8. Public comment
  9. Consent agenda
  10. Action items
  11. Administrative reports
  12. Old business
  13. New business
  14. Director reports
  15. Adjournment
 
MINUTES:
Minutes of previous meetings are available for your review at School Board Meeting Minutes


YOUR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTORS:

Kelley McGraw, Chair

kelley_mcgraw@cps.k12.mn.us
Phone:  (507) 273-2574  or (507) 725-0245                                  
Serving Since:  2011
COMMITTEES: Administrative Negotiations; Buildings, Grounds & Transportation, Meet and Confer, Support Staff Negotiations & Teacher Negotiations


 
Michelle Werner, Vice-Chair
michellerhm@acegroup.cc
Phone:  (507) 429-4602
Serving Since:  2007
COMMITTEES:  Activities, Administrative Negotiations, Meet and Confer, & Minnesota State High School League Alternate

 
 
Spencer Yohe, Clerk & Legislative Liaison
spenceryohe@gmail.com 

Phone:  (507) 495-3213
Serving Since: 2006
COMMITTEES:  Activities, Hiawatha Valley Education District Representative, MSHS League Representative, & Strategic Planning

 
 
Melissa Marschall, Treasurer
mmarschall299@gmail.com
Phone:  (507) 725-9274
Serving Since:  2017
COMMITTEES:  Finance and Support Staff Negotiations

                                     

Jared Barnes, Director
jared_barnes@cps.k12.mn.us
Phone:  (608) 406-9933
Serving Since:  2013
COMMITTEES:  Administrative Negotiations, Buildings, Grounds, and Transportation, Curriculum/PSEO/Online Learning, Finance, Support Staff Negotiations & Technology



 Emily McGonigle, Director
emily_mcgonigle@cps.k12.mn.us
Phone:  (507) 725-8115
Serving Since:  2017
COMMITTEES:  Community Ed Advisory Council Representative, Curriculum/PSEO/On-line Learning, Strategic Planning, Teacher Negotiations, and Technology



Jimmy Westland, Director
jimmyw26@aol.com
Phone:  (563) 419-0137 
Serving Since:  2015
COMMITTEES:  Community Education Advisory Council Representative, Strategic Planning, and Teacher Negotiations

 
 
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS (non-voting):
 
Ben Barton, Superintendent
ben_barton@cps.k12.mn.us
Phone:  (507) 725-3389
 

 
Nathan Hagerott, Student Board Representative
 
 
Nicholas Loging, Student Board Representative