Board of Education
The MTSD Board of Education is made up of seven citizens elected at large by voters in Mequon and Thiensville. Members are elected to three-year overlapping terms, with elections for at least two seats held every year. At the end of a three-year term, members may run for re-election to successive terms. Voting takes place during spring elections in April, and terms begin with the board business meeting thereafter. If a vacancy occurs in the middle of a term, the school board names an appointee to serve until the next district election.
At the annual organizational meeting in April or May, the board elects officers. The Superintendent is an ex-officio member of the Board who facilitates the work of the board and is responsible to the board for providing leadership to the district and carrying out board directives.
The board of education in the Mequon-Thiensville School District is one of a few in the State of Wisconsin who perform their public service on a voluntary basis.
As the elected governing body of the Mequon-Thiensville School District, the board of education is responsible for:
- Establishing policy. The administration implements policy and supervises school operations.
- Employing and evaluating the superintendent, the chief administrator who oversees all operations of the school district.
- Advocating for students with lawmakers.
- Establishing and approving the annual budget.
- Setting the annual local school levy.
- Working with administrators to determine the district’s educational goals.
- Interpreting the needs of the community regarding the educational program.
- Communicating with stakeholders.
- Ratifying employee contracts.
- Authorizing development and revision of curriculum and student services.
- Approving expenditures and ensure that proper facilities and equipment are available to support teaching and learning in all Mequon-Thiensville Schools.
Transparency of Governance
Board members do not have the authority to act individually in the name of the board. The board may take action only at duly convened regular, special or emergency meetings. Policies, meeting agendas and reports are available in BoardDocs, an online system that the district uses to collect and distribute board materials.