Saint Paul Public Schools

Saint Paul Public Schools

The Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is also known as the Independent School District (ISD) 625.  There are 7 members of the School Board who are voted in an at-large manner. It would be great if each of the 7 Wards of St Paul elected a School Board member, but that can only be enacted at the State Legislature.

Saint Paul Public Schools – Board of Education

SPPS Board of Education 2023
Seated (L to R): Halla Henderson, Jessica Kopp, Jim Vue.
Standing (L to R): Uriah Ward, Chauntyll Allen, Jeanelle Foster, Zuki Ellis.

The Saint Paul Public School Board has 7 members which are voted at-large on a staggered election cycle, in the odd years.  In 2021, 3 members of the School Board were elected to serve 4 years, while in 2019, 4 members of the School Board were elected.  So the next time there is an election for School Board it will be in 2023 when the majority of the board will be up for election.  Currently there are no Republicans on the School Board.   Elections are non-partisan but the DFL endorsed candidates win every election.  The St Paul Republican City Committee since 2014 has not endorsed one candidate, despite Republicans running.

Position, Board Members, and Term

Chair               Jim Vue                        2021-2025

Vice Chair    Jessica Kopp             2019-2023

Clerk               Halla Henderson    2021-2025

Treasurer     Uriah Ward                2021-2025

Director        Chauntyll Allen       2019-2023

Director        Zuki Ellis                    2019-2023

Director        Jeanelle Foster       2021-2023

Jeanelle Foster is serving out the remainder of  Marny Xiong who passed away in 2020.

St Paul Public Schools Board of Education (aka School Board)

Sign up for Public Comment at Board Meetings

Board meetings are a bit odd.  There is a 30 minute period before the School Board Meeting in which the Public can comment about the operation of ISD 625, specific complaints (though you can’t point to any specific board member or employee of the school district).  You need to sign up prior to the meeting of board.  Public Comment starts at 5:30 pm on the night of a board meeting.

We wish they would adopt the way Public Comment is handled at St Paul City Council meetings where the public can comment after a specific time during the meeting after a subject has been presented.  While the City Council rarely changes it’s pre-meeting decisions it has an appearance of a conversation with the public.  The school board like the City Council likes to have a meeting before the public meeting to determine how they will vote on motions or subject to discuss at the school board meeting. So essentially a “Meeting of the Board,” before the Public Board Meeting.

The link below has a form on which to sign up and a subject line for the topic you wish to discuss.

Public Comment Sign Up Information

Contact Board Secretary at / 651-767-8149

You can sign up for public comment online prior to 3:00 pm on the day of the Board Meeting.  After 3:00 pm you can sign up in person up until 5:30 pm.  See more details click here.

The Public only gets up to 3 minutes of talk time on their subject they signed up for, while paid consultants, and groups like Pacific Education Group (PEG the people who are training teachers and parents about Racial Equity) have unlimited amounts of time to talk.

Board Meetings Videos and Live Streaming

There are previous School Board Meeting Videos on the link below.  When the School Board is meeting there is a live feed or streaming from the link below.  You can watch it anywhere you can receive the internet.  They used to have SPNN cable access live broadcasting of meetings, but the Board decided to not televise largely because of the people who would attend and embarass the board members, especially during an election season.  So they stopped the cable access for a time.  Now they use the link below as they have resumed live meetings through it.

Saint Paul Public Schools Live Streaming & Videos

Board Meeting & Meeting of the Board Minutes

SPPS Board Meeting Minutes & Meeting of the Board Minutes

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