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Board Standing Committees

To more properly serve the students and community, the Board of Education is permitted to designate committees to conduct preparatory work on matters that will be considered by the Board of Education as a whole. Each Committee is comprised of members of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education and District Staff.  

All Committee Meetings are open to the public. 

Finance Committee

Committee Members: Kimberly Caprini (Chair), Kim Ellison, Nelson Inz, Ira Jourdain, Bob Walser, CFO Ibrahima Diop

The Purpose of the Finance Committee is to:

  • Identify the Information the Board needs to Receive on a Regular Basis Concerning the Budgeted vs. Actual Financial Data of the District
  • Define and Monitor the Board's Role and Decision Calendar for the Board Discussions on the District's Budget and the Role of the Citizens
  • Oversee Preparation of the Annual Budget and Quarterly Financial Statements
  • Support Staff in Addressing Issues Raised by the Annual Audit

The Finance Committee will Include the Board Treasurer, who will Serve as Chair, and at Least One More Board Member.  The Chief Financial Officer will Staff the Committee.  These Members may Recruit Financial Experts to Also Serve on the Finance Committee.

Audit Committee

Committee Members: Kimberly Caprini, Kim Ellison, Nelson Inz, Ira Jourdain, Bob Walser, CFO Ibrahima Diop

The Purpose of the Audit Committee is to act in an advisory capacity to assist the Board of Directors with overseeing its responsibilities over the financial operations of the District, relating to the annual external audit of the District's financial statements and overseeing the District's internal audit activities. 

The duties of the committee are:

  • Oversee the process for selecting external auditors and recommending appointment to the Board.
  • Meet with district officers, external and internal auditors, as necessary.
  • Review the annual financial statements and other sections of the annual report and consider whether they are complete, consistent with information known to committee members, and reflect appropriate accounting principles.
  • Understand the scope of internal and external auditors’ review of internal control over financial reporting, and obtain reports on significant findings and recommendations, together with management’s responses.
  • On an as needed basis, meet separately with the internal auditor to discuss any matters that the committee or internal auditor believes should be discussed privately.
  • Review the process for communicating the code of conduct to district personnel, and for monitoring compliance therewith.
  • Regularly report to the Board of Directors about committee activities, issues, and related recommendations. 
Policy Committee

Committee Members: Josh Pauly (Chair), Siad Ali, Jenny Arneson, Kim Ellison, KerryJo Felder, Amy Moore, Nan Miller

The Board Standing Committee on Policies is established under Board Policy 8120. The role of the Committee is to:

  • Oversee the review of all policies adopted by the board
  • Review recommended board action on those policies not specifically in the purview of another Board Standing Committee.
  • Evaluate suggestions for board policy that come from board members and the public. It may recommend development of policies for adoption. 
  • Establish priorities in policy review and adoption, in consultation with the Superintendent and the administration, and sets review goals and schedules.
Community Engagement Committee

Committee Members: KerryJo Felder, Kimberly Caprini

Superintendent Evaluation Committee

Committee Members: Jenny Arneson, Kimberly Caprini, Kim Ellison, Josh Pauly, Bob Walser

The Superintendent Evaluation Committee will meet when necessary to develop the tool by which the Superintendent will be evaluated. They do not do the Superintendent Evaluation as that is done by the entire board.

ELL Caucus

Caucus Members: Siad Ali (Chair), Kim Ellison, Nelson Inz

A group of district staff and board directors who meet in order to increase advocacy for English Language Learners and their families.