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BISMARCK – School board members in the northern part of North Dakota counties are being urged by the Department of Education to consider applying for a regional seat on the State Board of Public Education and Schools.

The board of directors includes public school superintendent Kirsten Baesler, who is its executive secretary, and six members who represent groups of counties identified in state law. The six members are appointed by the governor for a six-year term.

Outgoing board member Maria Effertz Hanson is considering stepping down. A resident of McHenry County, Effertz Hanson represents Benson, Bottineau, Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Renville, Rolette, Towner and Walsh counties on the board of directors.

Effertz Hanson’s successor must be a member of the school board and a resident of one of the 11 counties specified. The person will be chosen to complete Effertz Hanson’s term, which ends June 30, 2024. State law requires two of the six appointed board members to be members of the North Dakota School Boards Association, and Effertz Hanson is one of two members of the NDSBA. now serving on the board of directors.

Eligible North Dakotans who wish to succeed Hanson on the board must apply online through the governor’s office. State law states that the governor will appoint new members of the board of directors from a list of names submitted by a committee composed of the president of North Dakota United, the president of the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders and the president of the North Dakota School Boards Association. The deadline to apply is December 15th.

The Board of Public-School Education acts on requests from school districts to dissolve, reorganize or transfer property. He oversees the development of a state learning continuum, which identifies skills critical to a high school graduate’s full education. He is responsible for the state’s K-12 Education Coordinating Council, which reviews the effectiveness of North Dakota’s education programs. Council members are also part of the State Council for Career and Technical Education.

The CTE Board of Directors will soon have major new projects to consider. During its special session this month, the Legislature approved $ 88.3 million in grants to develop, equip and maintain career centers in the region. Individual grants can total up to $ 10 million.

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