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School Board Information

The Austin School Board is a policy-making body responsible for the district's curriculum, personnel and physical facilities. They work hard for Austin Public School students and encourage your involvement and feedback. The public is invited and encouraged to attend School Board meetings. Monthly meetings are held at 5:30pm in the AHS Annex Recital Hall at 205 4th St NW. Please enter through Annex Door #1. Meeting dates are noted in the calendar. Please call 507 460-1900 with any questions concerning school board meetings.

The meeting agenda is posted on the district web site and in the Superintendent's Office at 401 Third Avenue NW three days prior to each meeting. School Board minutes are also posted on the district web site and published regularly in the Austin Daily Herald. The meetings are livestreamed on the APS YouTube channel and the link will be made available in the meeting agenda as well as via social media.  Please note only regular monthly meetings are livestreamed (this does not include study sessions).

During each regular School Board meeting, the Board will allow members of the audience to address the Board. Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Notify the board chair or secretary that you wish to address the board.
  • The speaker is asked to identify him/herself by name and, if he/she represents an organization, to name the group. Remarks should be addressed to the Board as a whole.
  • Each presentation will be limited to five (5) minutes.
  • Delegations must be represented by not more than three (3) spokespersons, with the same five (5) minute limitations for each.
  • The School Board will not hear complaints about individual school employees or permit discussion of such matters in an open meeting. Charges or complaints of such nature shall be presented in writing to school administration and signed by the person making the complaint. Thereafter, such discussion shall be conducted in a closed meeting.
  • The Chairperson of the Board may terminate the right of any speaker to continue should they be accompanied by people whose behavior is improper.
  • No response, reaction nor action shall necessarily be taken by the Board during the Delegations / Public Comment portion of the meeting.

School Board Basics

The Austin Public School District is governed by a seven-member school board. Each member is elected at large and serves alternating four-year terms, and elections are held in years ending with an even number. School board members receive an annual $4000 stipend in exchange for their public service. The chair receives a $5200 per year stipend.

Role of the School Board

As the entity legally charged with governing a school district, the Austin School Board is responsible to its community for governing efficiently and leading effectively to provide for equitable education, resulting in high student achievement. The work of the board is guided by five standards that are essential to being an effective, high-performing school board team.

Become A School Board Member

To determine whether being a school board member is right for you, you'll want to understand the duties and responsibilities of this nonpartisan position, the legal requirements for running for and holding office, and the process for running for election. You'll also want to consider the personal attributes needed to be an effective board member, including understanding the code of ethics by which you must abide once elected.

What can you do to be ready to join the APS School Board?

You may want to consider meeting with the superintendent and school board chair to learn about the expectations of school board members in our school district. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting, please call the Superintendent's Office at 507-460-1900.

Election Process

The school board of Austin Public Schools has seven members who are elected at large, to four-year terms. Elections for school board members are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in even-numbered years.

A candidate for the school board must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 21-years-old at the time the term of office begins
  • Have resided in the school district for 30 days prior to the election
  • Be an eligible voter, which includes the requirement that the individual be a citizen of the U.S

Affidavits of candidacy are available from the District Office at 401 3rd Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912 Minnesota. The filing fee for this office is $2.00. A candidate for school board must not have any other affidavit on file for any other elected office during the same general election.

An eligible voter must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of the school district and maintain residence in the district for 20 days immediately preceding the election

Affidavits of candidacy are available from the District Office at 401 3rd Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912 Minnesota. The filing fee for this office is $2.00. A candidate for school board must not have any other affidavit on file for any other elected office during the same general election.

  • Filing dates are August 2 - August 16

School Board election results from previous elections are available on the Minnesota Secretary of State website .

School Board Meeting Schedule

All regular meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. (unless noted) and are held in the AHS Annex Recital Hall at 205 4th St NW (unless noted). The agenda is posted on the website three days prior to each meeting.