Rockford Area Schools Board of Education
The School board is comprised of six members elected during the November General Election on even years. Terms are four years and at least three members are on the ballot during each election. Currently, the Chair is Amy Edwards and the Vice-Chair is Beth Praska.
The work of a school board involves:
- Developing a vision for the district
- Setting goals and monitoring progress
- Establishing district policy
- Monitoring student achievement
- Aligning resources with goals
- Collaborating with community partners
- Ensuring facilities are safe and adequate
- Communicating with stakeholders
- Rallying the community around student achievement
- Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent
- Ratifying employee contracts
- Advocating student needs to lawmakers
- Training in education issues and governance.
Rockford Area Schools Board Meeting agendas and packets are posted online with BoardBook. BoardBook is a web-based software application that electronically streamlines the preparation of board agenda packets and builds a searchable archive of meeting agenda packets. It opens the door to electronic distribution of meeting materials, to web posting of finished documents, and, ultimately, to paperless meetings.
Public comment at each Regular School Board meeting is an opportunity for residents of the Rockford Area School District to address the School Board. After being recognized by the chair, each individual will identify themselves and the group they represent, if any.
To ensure that all individuals have a chance to speak, speakers will be limited to one three-minute presentation. The public comment portion of the Regular School Board meeting is not a time to debate an issue, but for the Board to hear comments from community members.
The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act prohibits comment about specific student matters, even without naming the student, in open session. This includes the public comment portion of a school board meeting. The Board respects and values input on student matters, but when it relates to a specific student or to a specific student matter, such input must be heard by the appropriate personnel – such as the building principal or superintendent – and not during an open meeting of the School Board.
Registrations for the Public Comments section of the Board meeting will continue until the meeting is called to order. Appearances after this point will be at the discretion of the chairperson.
The Board will follow Policy 206 Public Participation in School Board Meetings / Complaints about a person at School Board Meetings and Data Privacy Considerations.
Board Packets and Agendas
A Board of Education work session will take place on December 6, 2021 at the Rockford Community Center starting at 6:00 p.m. Please note the time change from 6:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Regular Board of Education meeting will take place on December 20, 2021 at the Rockford Community Center starting at 6:30 p.m. This will also include the Truth and Taxation hearing.
School Board Email
Brady Anderson (Director): RSBandersonb@rockford.k12.mn.us
Amy Edwards (Chair): RSBedwardsa@rockford.k12.mn.us
Eric Gordee (Treasurer): RSBgordeee@rockford.k12.mn.us
Jessica Johnson (Clerk): RSBjohnsonj@rockford.k12.mn.us
Jenny Kneeland (Director): RSBkneelandj@rockford.k12.mn.us
Beth Praska (Co-Chair): RSBpraskab@rockford.k12.mn.us