The Minneapolis Board of Education on Dec. 20, appointed Kim Ellison as a director, filling the vacancy left by Director Lydia Lee, who announced her resignation after seven years of service on the school board effective Jan. 10, 2012.
Ellison will serve the remainder of Lee’s term, until Jan. 1, 2013, in the at-large director seat.
“I am honored to serve the students and families of the Minneapolis Public Schools,” said Ellison. “I look forward to working with committed and passionate advocates of young people and am eager to contribute to the success of MPS and its students.”
Ellison brings a wealth of experience to the school board working for organizations that serve students and families and a background informed by 11 years of teaching. She currently works for Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties and serves on several boards, including Parents United for Public Schools and LearningWorks at Blake School.
Ellison is the Education Committee Chair for the Minneapolis NAACP and is a member of the North High School Advisory Committee.
Ellison, one of five finalists for the board vacancy, was appointed after the school board voted through a ranked system. Ellison will be sworn in as a board director during the regular school board meeting on January 10, 2012.