School Board

School Board

Front L-R: Dhruvika Uppal, Nelly Korman, Dawn Steigauf, Beth Beebe and Kenneth Adah
Back L-R: Tom Bennett, Matt Dymoke, Heather Starks and Mia Olson

The School Board is the policy-making body for 草榴社区 Public Schools. While the board is responsible for school programs and operations by law, it delegates some portion of that authority to the Superintendent. The School Board is governed by a chair and vice chair who are elected by the School Board membership.


School Board Sessions

School board business meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the Arlene Bush Board Room at the Educational Services Center, 1350 W. 106th St. 

The second Monday of each month will be a study session for the School Board beginning at 7 pm.  草榴社区 sessions are not carried by BEC-TV.

If a holiday falls on a Monday, the board session will be on Tuesday.

The third Monday of each month is reserved for a study session, a board meeting, professional development, or a combination thereof.  The session will be at 7 p.m. unless determined otherwise.

School Board Listening Sessions

Prior to the study session on the second Monday of the month, the School Board will host a listening session from 6 - 6:45 p.m. 草榴社区 Public Schools parents/caregivers, students and staff, and 草榴社区 residents are invited to comment to the School Board. 

Listening sessions are an opportunity to voice concerns or approval about school district matters, but not the proper venue for complains about individual staff members. Please see these guidelines for speaking about individuals, which will be covered at the beginning of each listening session as a reminder to speakers.

Individuals wishing to speak at a listening session are required to register in advance with the Office of the Superintendent by completing the form below. If no one has registered to speak by noon on the day of the meeting, there will be no listening session that day.  The start time for the listening session may be adjusted depending upon the number of speaker registrations. Listening sessions are in person in the Arlene Bush Board Room.  Listening sessions are not carried by BEC TV.

School Board Member Handbook

The district's School Board Member Handbook provides guidance related to the role of being a school board member. It is a resource for those currently serving on the school board and those who look to serve on the board in the future. 

BEC-TV Broadcasts

School Board meetings are covered live by and can be seen via live stream, Apple TV, Roku and Cable.

Ways to Watch

  •  - Watch live meetings here as they are happening
  •  - Stream past school board meetings
  • Regular School Board meetings are replayed at 1 a.m., 7 a.m., and 1 p.m. the day following the meeting, as well as several times later in the week.

2023 Celebration of Service

草榴社区 Public Schools honored 55 employees with a combined 1,253 years of service to the district at the Celebration of Service May 24. The annual reception recognized employees with 10 or more years of employment at the time of their retirement or departure. 

The Board has established the following goals for the 2023-2024 school year:

  • Support Implementation of Year One of New Strategic Plan
  • Realignment of Equitable Resources
  • Continue Work on Board Committees and District/Outside Councils
  • Review & Update Community Engagement Plan (Family Partnership)
  • Approve Plan for New Stadium(s)

The term for a School Board member is four years. School Board members are elected in the odd years.

November 7, 2023 Election

The next election will be November 7, 2023. There is no primary election for School Board members.

The term of three current School Board members expires December 31, 2023: 

  • Nelly Korman
  • Mia Olson
  • Heather Starks.

Early Voting

Early voting starts on September 22, 2023. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Additional early voting dates are Saturday, November 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Monday, November 6 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Voters may vote in person at: 

草榴社区 Civic Plaza
1800 West Old Shakopee Rd.
草榴社区, MN 55431

Candidate Filings

Filings opened on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at 8 a.m. and closed on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 5 p.m. The filing fee is $2.00. Filings will be conducted at the Educational Services Center, 1350 West 106th Street, Room 505, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 pm. On the last day of filing, applications can be filed up until 5 p.m.

Filings for School Board will be accepted by a scheduled appointment with Jennifer Hazel.

On July 19 at 7 p.m., there will be an information meeting for persons interested in learning about becoming a school board member. The information meeting will be at the Educational Services Center in Room 601. School Board members Dawn Steigauf, Beth Beebe and Matt Dymoke will provide the leadership for this meeting. 

Qualifications for Voting and Assuming Office

Pursuant to the Federal and Minnesota constitutions, persons must be 18 years of age or older to vote; 21 years of age or older to assume public office. To qualify to vote or assume office a person must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Minnesota for 20 days preceding the election and a resident of the school district. In addition, to assume public office, a person must be a resident of the district for 30 days. Preregistration is not required.

Campaign Finance Reports


Jennifer Hazel
Deputy Clerk for School Board Elections

School Board Member Term Expiration Dates

Beth Beebe                       Term expires 12/31/25
Tom Bennett                     Term expires 12/31/25
Matt Dymoke                    Term expires 12/31/25
Dawn Steigauf                  Term expires 12/31/25
Nelly Korman                   Term expires 12/31/27
Mia Olson                           Term expires 12/31/27
Heather Starks                 Term expires 12/31/27

The student school board representatives for 2023-2024 are Dhruvika Uppal (Jefferson) and Kenneth Adah (草榴社区).

Student representatives attend meetings that are held on the fourth Monday of each month September through May. They give reports about school activities and participate in discussion of board agenda items. They are non-voting members of the School Board. Student representatives have been a part of the School Board since 2016.


Dec. 11, 2023, 7 p.m.

The Truth In Taxation hearing for 草榴社区 Public Schools (BPS) will be held as part of the School Board Meeting on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.  If you wish to make a public comment or pose a question regarding your school district taxes during that portion of the meeting, you may do so by signing in upon your arrival at the Board Meeting.  The School Board Chair will call upon persons wishing to address the School Board and ask speakers to state their name and address before they begin with comments and/or questions.

The School Board Meeting and Truth in Taxation hearing location -- Educational Services Center, 1350 West 106th Street, in the Arlene Bush Board Room. 

2024 School Board Legislative Platform

The 草榴社区 Public Schools school board approved the 2024 Legislative Priorities on Jan. 22, 2024. The board also supports these platforms:

BPS 2024 Legislative Priorities
MSBA Legislative Platform 2024
AMSD Legislative Platform 2024


Kimsure P. Lofton
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board
2023-24 School Board Meeting & 草榴社区 Session Dates
2023-24 School Board Member Ambassadors
2023-24 School Board Member Assignments