MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 5, 2014) — Minneapolis voters on Tuesday, Nov. 4, elected five candidates to serve four-year terms on the Minneapolis Board of Education.
Siad Ali, Nelson Inz and Don Samuels will begin their elected terms as school board directors in January 2015. The new members will join re-elected incumbents Jenny Arneson and Rebecca Gagnon, as well as board directors Tracine Asberry, Carla Bates, Kim Ellison and Josh Reimnitz, whose terms continue through 2016.
“I am grateful for the time and leadership that our board directors put toward helping all students succeed,” said Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). “I am eager to collaborate with the new board members so we can continue to move forward with the work of our strategic plan, Acceleration 2020.”
Outgoing board members will share farewell remarks at the Dec. 9 meeting, which will mark the final board meeting for three of the nine MPS board members. Board members Mohammed Noor, Alberto Monserrate and Richard Mammen will complete their school board terms in January when the new board members are sworn in. Directors Monserrate and Mammen each served one four-year term beginning in 2011. Director Monserrate served as board chair from January 2012 until January 2014, when Director Mammen assumed the role. Director Noor was appointed to the school board in 2013 to fulfill the remainder of the term served by the late Director Hussein Samatar.
Nominees for chair, vice-chair, clerk and treasurer positions will be elected during the Jan. 13 meeting.
The Minneapolis Board of Education is a policymaking body responsible for selecting the superintendent and overseeing the school district’s budget, curriculum, personnel and facilities. The school board is granted authority to carry out these duties by the state of Minnesota and the Minnesota legislature. All meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Davis Center at 1250 West Broadway Ave.