ABOUT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Blue Valley Board of Education members live within their individual geographic member districts and are elected by a voting plan whereby six members live in geographic member districts and one runs at large.
In a primary election, only residents from the geographic member district vote for the candidates. In all general elections, all residents vote for all candidates. This method reinforces the district's belief that all members represent all children in Blue Valley. Board members are elected to four-year terms. All seven serve the entire district without pay.
OPEN BOARD OF EDUCATION POSITION
Due to the resignation of Amy Tysseling, there is an open Board of Education position in District 1, the northeast area. The Blue Valley Board of Education will oversee the search process, conduct interviews and appoint a replacement to fill the remaining term through January 2024.
- May 27: Open Board of Education position announcement
- June 13: Applications due by 8 a.m.
- June 27: Board of Education interviews from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
- June 28: Board of Education interviews from 8 a.m. - noon with anticipated vote/appointment of new Board of Education member. The Board appointed Jan Kessinger to fill the vacant District 1 Board of Education position
- July 18: Administration of oath to new Board of Education member
PARTICIPATE IN OPEN FORUM
Open Forum occurs prior to every regularly scheduled monthly board meeting and provides one hour (approx. 20 participants; 3 minutes each) of allotted time on the agenda for individuals to address the board. Patrons who would like to speak during open forum may speak in-person. If you would like to address the board, you must complete the Open Forum Request Form. Request forms will open at noon one business day prior to the scheduled meeting and will close at noon on the day of the board meeting or before if speaker capacity has been reached. Please note speaker substitutions are not permitted. A speaker may not yield their time to another individual during their remarks. Masks are optional. Please note that in-person seating is limited; however, seats will be reserved for those who signed up to speak in Open Forum. Beginning June 13, 2022, Blue Valley will no longer livestream public comments made during Open Forum. The livestream will begin when the meeting is called to order, after recognitions and open forum have concluded.
I submitted a form online - how do I know if I am one of the 20 alloted speakers?
Patrons who submit an online Open Forum Request Form prior to the 20 speaker capacity will receive an automated email from the district confirming their spot as one of the 20 open forum speakers. This email will also include additional instructions about the open forum process. Request forms will open at noon one business day prior to the scheduled meeting and will close at noon on the day of the board meeting or before if speaker capacity has been reached. If you click the link to the form once it has closed, you will be redirected to an automated message and will be unable to submit a form.
The Blue Valley School District is proud to offer livestreaming of regular Board of Education meetings. As part of the district’s commitment to providing a safe, socially distanced environment for patrons, as well as open and transparent communication, patrons are invited to tune in virtually through the district’s livestream.
New! Beginning June 13, 2022, Blue Valley will no longer livestream public comments made during Open Forum. The livestream will begin when the meeting is called to order, after recognitions and open forum have concluded. Blue Valley School District’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings are livestreamed to provide patrons a virtual opportunity to stay up-to-date on all board actions.
A link to each meeting livestream will be posted on the district website for patrons on the day of the meeting shortly before the meeting begins. The livestreams will be hosted on Blue Valley’s Board of Education YouTube channel and video recordings of all meetings will be accessible on Blue Valley Board of Education Meetings YouTube channel at the conclusion of the livestream.
Interpreter services are always available via livestream. If you need these services and plan to attend in-person, please submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on the day of the board meeting.