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:
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 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.
Our meetings follow a pre-established format. The agenda will include:
Minutes of previous meetings are available for your review at School Board Meeting Minutes
YOUR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTORS:
Kelley McGraw, Chair
Phone: (507) 273-2574 or (507) 725-0245
Serving Since: 2011
COMMITTEES: Administrative Negotiations, Facilities Committee, Finance Committee, Houston County Collaborative Committee, Support Staff Negotiations and Teacher Negotiations
Emily McGonigle, Vice Chair
Phone: (507) 725-8115
Serving Since: 2017
COMMITTEES: Community Ed Advisory Council Representative, Strategic Planning (World's Best Workforce), Teacher Negotiations, and Technology/Curriculum/PSEO/On-line Learning, Strategic Planning
Spencer Yohe, Clerk & Legislative Liaison
Phone: (507) 495-3213
Serving Since: 2006
COMMITTEES: Activities, Hiawatha Valley Education District Representative, Meet and Confer, Minnesota State High School League Representative, and Strategic Planning
Melissa Marschall, Treasurer
Phone: (507) 725-9274
Serving Since: 2017
COMMITTEES: Finance and Support Staff Negotiations
Jared Barnes, Director
Phone: (608) 406-9933
Serving Since: 2013
COMMITTEES: Administrative Negotiations, Support Staff Negotiations, Qcomp, Suport Staff Negotiations, and Technology/Curriculum/PSEO/Online Learning
Michelle Werner, Director
Phone: (507) 429-4602
Serving Since: 2007
COMMITTEES: Activities, Administrative Negotiations, Meet and Confer, & Minnesota State High School League Alternate
Jimmy Westland, Director
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
Phone: (507) 725-3389
Isabel Allen, Student Board Representative
Roy Kerrigan, Student Board Representative