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The School Board is elected by the citizens of the district to be legally responsible for all major decisions regarding school policy, planning, and promotion. The School Board acts officially only as a group. An individual Board member has no authority outside of a formally called Board meeting.  No one acts in the name of the Board except when authorized by the Board to do so.

Local school boards are generally not directly responsible for managing school district operations. Instead, the board hires and evaluates the work of a licensed superintendent who acts as the chief executive officer of the district and oversees the day-to-day management of district operations. More effective boards focus on governance (i.e., planning, policy, and promotion) rather than taking a managerial role (i.e., personnel, purchasing, and problem solving). To be effective, board members should have a firm understanding of the board’s role and responsibilities, as compared to those of the superintendent.

Rolette School Board Members

Ryan Pederson, Jim Odden, Brenda Boucher, Lori Knudson, Lori Letvin

2021-2022 Board Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Schedule subject to change pending board conflicts to obtain a quorum.

2021-2022 Members & Committee Assignments:

President: Ryan Pederson

  • Term: July 2020 – June 2023
  • Committees: Buildings & Grounds / Negotiations / Transportation

Vice President: Jim Odden

  • Term: July 2019 – June 2022
  • Committees: Building & Grounds / Negotiations

Director: Lori Knudson

  • Term: July 2020 – June 2023
  • Committees: Coop / Policy

Director: Brenda Boucher

  • Term: July 2019 – June 2022
  • Committees: Coop / Transportation

Director: Lori Letvin

  • Term: July 2021 – June 2024
  • Committees: Policy / Wellness

What every parent should know about their school board: The School Board is a policy making body, fiscal stewards of the district’s finances, sets district goals and hires the Superintendent and Business Manager.

 

Links:

District Policy: BA – School Board Ethics

District Board Regulation: BA-BR – School Board Ethics Regulation

North Dakota School Boards Association – http://ndsba.org/

NDSBA Board Member Toolkit – https://ndsba.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/School-Board-Member-ToolKit-2019.2.pdf

National School Boards Association – https://www.nsba.org/

CHECKLIST FOR QUALIFIED SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES:

Put Children First. A qualified school board candidate should believe that every student deserves an equal, quality education. They should have a true commitment to the successful future of all students in the district.

No Personal or Political Agenda. Board candidates shouldn’t be running on their own personal agenda or political aspirations. Instead, they must have a passion for public education and believe all students are entitled to a quality education.

Provide Leadership. A qualified school board candidate should be passionate about moving the district forward. To accomplish this, a candidate needs to be an innovative problem solver who’s effective in building consensus and isn’t adverse to change and reform

Appreciate Diversity. A qualified candidate values the diversity of cultures and peoples and demonstrates a willingness to address the social needs of all children and their families.

Understand Budget and Finances. Qualified school board candidates must understand their role as fiscal managers of the district with the responsibility of dedicating resources to the priorities of the district while maintaining a balanced budget.

Know Educational Policy. A qualified school board candidate should be somewhat familiar with education policy and the role of the school board in policy making.

Demonstrate Integrity. A qualified school board candidate must be a person who has demonstrated honesty, integrity and trustworthiness and adheres to a high ethical standard.

Understands Community Outreach. A qualified school board candidate understands the importance of engaging the community in the school board’s decision-making process.

Expects Accountability. A qualified school board candidate must be able to hold the superintendent accountable to the goals of the district and in turn recognize they are accountable to the community.

 

 

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