Lakeville Schools Need Seven School Board Members

Please e-mail the School Board Members and Superintendent

I write today, to request that you place the question of whether to allow for 7th board seat for the Lakeville School Board, on the November ballot. As you are aware, this would require the Board to take action by the regular session in August, to ensure it will be voted on in November.

My request to add a seventh seat is based on the following considerations:

· Lakeville is a large and rapidly growing community, with an expanding student population and, consequently, more schools under the school board’s oversight. More kids, more schools, and bigger budgets all make the case for a larger board to help navigate the issues that accompany growth.

· Adding a seventh seat puts us in good company with our neighboring school districts. All the surrounding districts, with the exception of Farmington, have seven seats on their school board. And this is true whether the district is larger, such as Rosemount, Apple Valley and Eagan or smaller, as is the case with Burnsville and Prior-Lake, Savage.

· An odd number of members prevents tie votes, which could prevent the board from taking timely action on important issues in the future.

· Boards with an odd number of members make better decisions and perform better on performance metrics, according to research published in a 2013 article in the Journal of Philanthropy.

Adding a seventh school board seat should not be a political issue. The issue of adding an additional seat enjoys bi-partisan support of Lakeville parents and is supported by five former school board members.

Adding an additional seat is a small but important step in helping to ensure a vibrant future for Lakeville schools. For these reasons, I urge the school board to place this issue on the November ballot.

Help guide our community!The Lakeville City Council will be interviewing citizens to be members of a 9 person advisory task force designed to advise the council on ways the city can help "Cultivate a Sense of Community".

We want to ensure the task force is representative of thecommunity and we hope you will consider applying to be a member of thetask force if you live in the city of Lakeville.

Key point from the city:

  1. The Envision Lakeville Cultivate a Sense of Community Taskforce exists to support and further enhance the City of Lakeville’s community vision, and to address and enhance the short-term and long-term strategies that foster opportunities for all to feel a sense of belonging within the City of Lakeville.

    The taskforce was established by the City Council on June 21, 2021 and is expected to present a final report by July 1, 2022. Meetings of the taskforce will be at the discretion of the group, but at a minimum will meet once per quarter. The taskforce will have nine members and will elect a chairperson and secretary among the group.

    The deadline to submit an application for the taskforce is July 21, 2021.

This is a link to the application

https://www.lakevillemn.gov/FormCenter/Advisory-Board-Applications-12/Envision-Lakeville-Cultivate-a-Sense-of--147



Please help our voices be heard as Lakeville continues to growth and evolve, We are already a great community so let's help find ways to improve on what we have built together.

Thank you for considering this effort and if you have questions feel free to reach out to me at Seantedistrict58chair@gmail.com

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