Governing Board

Board Overview

The MSA Board is the governing body for the Minnesota State Academies, overseeing two campuses – the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf and the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind, both of which are located in Faribault. The board meets once each month with additional meetings scheduled if necessary. On occasion, if board members are unable to be present at meetings in person, they may participate in meetings via phone conference calls.

Our board is composed of seven voting members. Voting members are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Members of the board are selected based on criteria established by state statutes. One member represents the Deaf community; one represents the blind community; two are members of the general public with Business, Administrative, or Financial Expertise; one comes from the Minnesota Department of Education; one is a current or former Special Education Director; and one is a current or former Superintendent. Non-voting (ex-officio) members of the Board include one member appointed by the MSAB Site Council, one from the MSAD Site Council, and the Academies Superintendent.


Public School District 160 Governing Board

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule


Date Location Time
August 15, 2019 MSAD 6:00 PM
October 24, 2019 MSAB

6:00 PM

December 5, 2019 MSAD 9:00 AM
January 23, 2020 MSAB 9:00 AM
February 27, 2020 MSAD 9:00 AM
March (Work Session - Date TBD) MSAB (TBD)
April 30, 2020 MSAD 6:00 PM
June 11, 2020 MSAB 6:00 PM
June 25, 2020 MSAD 6:00 PM
July 2020 (Work Session - Date TBD) TBD 9:00 AM


Regular Board Meeting Locations


MSAB: 400 6th Avenue NE, Faribault MN Board Conference Room

MSAD: 615 Olof Hanson Drive, Faribault MN Noyes Hall Teleconference Room


Standing Committees


(All committee meetings are in the Tate Hall Conference Room)                   

Executive Committee: 8/5, 10/7, 12/2, 3/3, 4/6, 6/1 at 3:00 PM

Finance Committee: 9/9, 11/11, 3/10, 4/7, 6/8 at 3:00 PM

Policy Committee: 7/29, 9/30, 12/16, 3/16, 4/14, 6/9 at 2:00 PM

Personnel Committee: 7/30, 1/13, 2/4, 6/2 at 2:00 PM

School Accountability Committee: quarterly meetings, TBD


As is permitted by the Open Meeting Law, MN Statute 13D, Board members may participate by electronic means.




PHONE: (507) 384-6602 / (507) 412-5109 VP