School Board Committees & Committee Assignments 2019

Committee

Description

Schedule

Board Member(s)

Out of District Committees   
Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD)This is a working Board of Directors made up of the Superintendent and a Board member from each of the member districts. Requires fairly extensive review of materials, typically includes some committee work, and from time-to-time includes a variety of lobbying activities.First Friday of Month
7-9 a.m.
  • Steve Adams
  • Chris LaTondresse - alternate
Educational Cooperative Services Unit (ECSU)ECSU provides the District with regional research studies, a variety of staff development activities, and other specialized services.  A School Board member represents each district on the Representative Assembly. The Assembly meets once or twice a year, usually during the evening.  (Executive Committee is elected by the Representative Assembly and meets monthly.)  
  • Jen Bouchard
Intermediate District 287Each participating district is entitled to one Board representative appointed by member School Boards.  Terms are for two years.  District 287 Board meetings are in direct conflict with District 270 Board meetings.  As a result, the Hopkins Board appoints a representative to attend the meetings on their behalf. 
*This assignment is compensated by District 287.
Third Thursday of Month
7 p.m.
  • Steve Adams
  • Kris Newcomer - alternate

 Annual Meetings   
Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL)The League governs athletics and a variety of other extracurricular activities at the State level.  Each district has a staff representative and a Board representative.  Duties are generally limited to voting by mail on selected issues.Sub-Regional Rep (2 meetings annually) or as a Regional Rep to attend monthly Region 6AA meetings.
  • Dave Larson
In-District Committees   
Cities/Board Steering CommitteeTo address common issues, pursue potential partnerships, and strengthen communications. Quarterly over lunch
  • Steve Adams
  • Fartun Ahmed
Schools and Communities in Partnership (SCIP)The primary focus is to participate as a School Board representative at SCIP meetings.Monthly
  • Steve Adams
  • Fartun Ahmed
Citizen’s Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC)Comprised of no more than 5 community members appointed by the Board, the Board Treasurer, and one other Board member to prepare financial projections and make recommendations concerning future budget parameters. 5-6 times

7:30-9 a.m.

October to May
  • Steve Adams
  • Chris LaTondresse
Educational Services Advisory Committee (ESAC)The committee provides advice, guidance, and support to the District regarding the design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The committee’s efforts are performed in concert with the District’s Mission and Strategic Plan Monthly
One Monday/month 
  • Jen Bouchard
  • Kris Newcomer - alternate
Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)Minnesota school districts are required to create SEACs in order to involve parents in making recommendations regarding local special education policy and program improvement.  Meetings are organized and chaired by parents in collaboration with the Director of Special Services.  Membership includes parent(s)/guardian(s) of children with disabilities from each school, Early Childhood, and Transition Plus, along with representation of the community at-large and the non-public schools. Monthly during school year
Last Tuesday 
  • Dave Larson
  • Jen Bouchard - alternate
Board Committees   
Monitoring CommitteeServes as the pulse of the School Board, reviewing relevant information to ensure that decisions are aligned with Board policies and strategic priorities. As needed
  • Jen Bouchard
  • Chris LaTondresse
  • Kris Newcomer
Board Audit CommitteeThe purpose of this committee is to facilitate Board fiscal oversight.  Committee members meet exclusively with the auditors before and after the audit (i.e., District Administration will not be present at these two meetings), and report their findings to the Board.  Membership consists of three Board members, including the Treasurer who chairs the committee.  As needed
  • Steve Adams
  • Chris LaTondresse
  • Kris Newcomer
Legislative Action CoalitionThe committee, comprised of volunteers, assists the Board on education-related legislation by developing, proposing, and advocating for legislative positions that are consistent with the mission of the District and are approved by the Board.  Weekly
Friday mid-day
  • Steve Adams
  • Fartun Ahmed
  • Chris LaTondresse
Visioning and Strategic PlanningThe purpose of this Board Committee — comprised of three Board members and the Superintendent — is to develop a shared vision, and to review and modify the District's strategic planning. This task force will work frequently after the Board sits to determine the process for creating a shared vision and to determine a direction for Strategic Planning.
Determined by Committee
  • Jen Bouchard
  • Chris LaTondresse
  • Kris Newcomer
Student Board RepresentativesProvide guidance and support to Hopkins High School Students who sit on the Hopkins School Board.As needed
  • Jen Bouchard
  • Fartun Ahmed - alternate
Human Resources The purpose of this Board Committee — comprised of three Board members, the Superintendent, and the Assistant Superintendent — is to review and provide direction and guidance in HR policy and practice, as well as the practices surrounding the hiring, retention, and evaluation of those hired to work with students. Determined by Committee
  • Wendy Donovan
  • Dave Larson
  • Kris Newcomer