School board meetings are open to the public. Students, staff, and community members are encouraged to come to the meetings to observe and influence the key decisions that affect student academic achievement and school district operations.
Meeting agendas are decided in advance of each meeting and summaries are posted online following the meeting.
If you can’t make it to a meeting, please consider contacting school board members by email.
Upcoming School Board Meeting
All School Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Additional special meetings may be called. In such cases, notification will be posted on the official board at the district office.
Monday, February 12: Business Meeting
Monday, February 26: Work Session Meeting
Monday, March 11: Business Meeting
Monday, March 25: Work Session Meeting
Monday, April 8: Business Meeting
Monday, April 22: Work Session Meeting
Monday, May 13: Business Meeting
Monday, May 27: Work Session Meeting
Monday, June 10: Business Meeting
Monday, June 24: Work Session Meeting
Monday, July 8: Business Meeting
Monday, August 12: Business Meeting
Monday, August 26: Work Session Meeting
Monday, September 9: Business Meeting
Monday, September 23: Work Session Meeting
Monday, October 14: Business Meeting
Monday, October 28: Work Session Meeting
Monday, November 11: Business Meeting
Monday, November 25: Work Session Meeting
Monday, December 9: Business Meeting
Meet our School Board Members
Janelle Collier, treasurer
The School Board will strive to give citizens of the school district (taxpayer, parent, staff member) an opportunity to be heard and to have comments considered and evaluated, within the limits of the law and District policy subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.
At least 15 minutes prior to each meeting, a speaker card will be available at the meeting site for citizens to sign up to provide comments on a topic that is on the agenda. Individuals are asked to sign their name, phone number, mailing address, school represented, and give a brief summary of the intended statement or question(s) they would like answered. Once the Open Forum has begun NO additional cards will be accepted.
In addition, citizens who wish to address the School Board on a particular subject should identify the agenda item(s) to which their comments pertain and will have an opportunity to speak during the Open Forum portion before the Business Meeting. The rules of the Open Forum are established by the Board and must be followed by participants.
Open Forum Comment guidelines are as follows:
1. Speakers shall complete a speaker card prior to speaking (Found at the sign-in desk at the meeting, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
2. Time limits: three minutes per speaker. Longer time may be granted at the discretion of the Board Chair.
3. The Board Chair (or designee) will facilitate the Open Forum and will call on speakers. One person at a time will speak so everyone can hear.The School Board is interested in your comments and will listen carefully but does not respond or debate issues in this forum. Board members may ask clarifying questions or seek additional information, but they will not make decisions.
Comments and interactions between Board members and the public are expected to be respectful, courteous and professional, and civil. The Board Chair will be responsible for ensuring that interaction meets these standards and will disallow inappropriate interactions.
Attacks against individuals, programs, or groups by anyone addressing the Board are unacceptable and will terminate the person’s privilege to address the Board. Due to data privacy laws referring to an individual by name will be ruled out of order. Speakers unwilling to abide by the rules or time constraints will be asked to stop.
Depending upon the number of persons in attendance seeking to be heard, the School Board reserves the right to impose such other limitations and restrictions as necessary in order to provide an orderly, efficient, and fair opportunity for those present to be heard.
Brooklyn Center Community Schools will hold a special election on November 7, 2023 to select a candidate for an open school board seat.
Last year, the school district held an election for three open seats. There was one candidate that filed for re-election (Cheryl Jechorek) and three that filed new affidavits of candidacy (Richard Zeck, Lauren Racer, and Aubry Woksonsommers). According to state statute, at the time of the election, Lauren Racer was no longer eligible to serve on the school board due to her employment by the BCCS district.
The school board appointed John Solomon to hold the position until a special election is held on November 7, 2023.
Two community members, Janelle Collier and Mary O’Connor, have filed their affidavits of candidacy and will appear on the ballot in November.
If you have any questions regarding the special election, please contact the district at 763-450-3386.
Three Brooklyn Center Community Schools’ School Board seats and one special election seat were on the Tuesday, November 8, 2022 General Election ballot. These seats are currently held by Cheryl Jechorek, Ben Woksonsommers, John Solomon, and Mary Benrud-Gachie.
Cheryl Jechorek filed for re-election. Richard Zeck, Lauren Racer, and Aubry Woksonsommers also filed affidavits of candidacy.
Cheryl Jechorek: 1,155 votes
*Lauren Racer: 1,092 votes
Aubry Woksonsommers: 1,284 votes
Richard Zeck: 997 votes
*According to the state statute, Lauren Racer is no longer eligible to serve on the school board due to her employment by the BCCS district. The school board will appoint a member for her seat and run a special election in the Fall of 2023.
Cheryl Jechorek, and Richard Zeck will join the BCCS School Board for new four-year terms beginning January 2023, as reported on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. Aubry Woksonsommers will join the BCCS School Board for a new two-year term beginning January 2023, as reported on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
Voting results are unofficial until canvassed by the School Board at its next business meeting on Monday, November 14, 2022.