The Hopkins School Board Needs You

The Hopkins School Board is accepting applications from community members who are interested in serving on the Hopkins School Board through Dec. 8
November 24, 2020
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The Hopkins School Board is accepting applications from community members who are interested in serving on the Hopkins School Board. This unique opportunity exists because Hopkins School Board Vice Chair Chris LaTondresse was elected to the Hennepin County Board and is unable to serve both roles simultaneously. 

The appointee must be 21 years of age, be eligible to vote, and live in the Hopkins School District (270). The selected person would serve until December 31, 2021 when LaTondresse’s original term is up. If you are interested in serving, please apply on the district website (hopkinsschools.org). Applications will be available online beginning at noon on November 24, 2020. Please apply by 5 p.m. on December 8, 2020. 

The School Board will interview all legally qualified applicants publicly on December 15, 2020 and December 22, 2020. December 17, 2020 may also be an interview date depending on how many applications are received. These meetings will be streamed via YouTube for public viewing. After interviewing the candidates, Board members will use ranked choice voting to vote on a new member and pass a resolution to appoint that person at a special meeting on December 22, 2020. The appointment shall be effective on the 31st day following the School Board’s resolution making the appointment, absent the receipt of a valid petition rejecting the appointee in compliance with the requirements under Minnesota Statutes §123B.09, subd. 5b(b). If no petition is received, the new Board member would take the Oath of Office at the regular meeting of the Hopkins School Board on February 2, 2021. 

If you have questions, Please contact Board Chair Jen Bouchard.

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Questions about the process 

Why does this vacancy exist?
Hopkins School Board Vice Chair Chris LaTondresse was elected to the Hennepin County Board in November 2020. State law prohibits him from serving on both governing bodies simultaneously. He has submitted his resignation to Chair Jennifer Bouchard, effective December 9, 2020. In alignment with Hopkins School District Policy 250 and state law, the Hopkins School Board will appoint a new member to fill this seat. 

What is the appointment term and time commitment?
The appointee will serve until December 31, 2021. This seat will be up for election in November, 2021. Board members spend approximately 20 hours per month on Board-related duties. Board meetings and workshops are typically held twice a month on Tuesday evenings. There will also be special meetings, committee meetings, community engagement, and professional development opportunities to attend. For the duration of the peacetime state of emergency due to Covid-19, Board members will have the option to fulfill their responsibilities virtually.

What is the appointment process?
Legal requirements for applicants: Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, be eligible to vote, have been a resident of the school district for at least 30 days, have not been convicted of an offense for which registration is required under MN Statute Section 243.166.

Applications will be available online beginning at noon on November 24, 2020 via AppliTrack. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on December 8, 2020. Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered. All materials will be submitted electronically. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has successfully been submitted. Select application materials will be considered public information pursuant to MN Statute Section 13.601. Please contact Board Chair Jen Bouchard with questions.

The School Board will publicly interview all legally qualified applicants on December 15, 2020 and December 22, 2020. December 17, 2020 may also be an interview date depending on how many applications are received. These meetings will be streamed via YouTube for public viewing. After interviewing the candidates, Board members will use ranked choice voting to vote on a new member and then will pass a resolution to appoint that person at a special meeting on December 22, 2020. The appointment shall be effective on the 31st day following the School Board’s resolution making the appointment, absent the receipt of a valid petition rejecting the appointee in compliance with the requirements under Minnesota Statutes §123B.09, subd. 5b(b). If no petition is received, the new Board member would take the Oath of Office at the regular meeting of the Hopkins School Board on February 2, 2021.


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