Logo SqWebInterested district residents are encouraged to apply for a temporary appointment to fill a board vacancy due to the resignation of a board member. The term of the appointment is September 29, 2020 until November 10, 2020 (after the canvassing of election results of Osseo Area Schools’ special election being held in conjunction with the November 3, 2020 general election). The individual who prevails in the special election to fill the vacant seat will take the oath of office at the regular meeting of the School Board on November 17, 2020.

Qualified candidates are persons who are eligible voters, are at least 21 years of age at the time they would be seated by appointment, have resided in the school district for at least 30 days at the time of application, and are otherwise allowed to hold the office.

Membership on the school board requires attendance at a variety of meetings held every month, as well as participation on committees and other assignments. Regular meetings are held monthly (typically the third Tuesday). Work sessions and negotiations strategy sessions are also held once or twice a month, respectively. Typically, members may devote anywhere from 20-40 hours per month studying issues, attending meetings, and communicating with residents. View the school board meeting schedule.

Following board screening, the top three applicants will be invited to address the school board on August 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. At that same meeting, the board is expected to identify the candidate of choice, with formal action for appointment to occur on August 25, 2020. Following a mandatory 30-day waiting period, the appointed candidate will take the oath of office and begin service on September 29.

How to apply (Note: the application deadline was July 24; applications are no longer being accepted)

  • Apply online by completing and submitting the application
  • Download, complete and return a printed copy of the application to the Educational Service Center. Please schedule an appointment with Sherri Lincoln, Election Clerk at 763-391-7003 or lincolns@district279.org to return the application.
  • Pick up an application from the Educational Service Center, 11200 93rd Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55369. Please schedule an appointment with Sherri Lincoln to arrange for pick up; contact information noted above.

All applications must be received by the election clerk no later than Friday, July 24, 4:30 p.m. (postmarks not accepted).

Applicant information resources


Call 763-391-7003 or email lincolns@district279.org

thoughtexchange graphicWhat should the school district think about as we plan for the new school year?

As we plan for Fall 2020, we're using a new tool called Thoughtexchange to gather your input about important planning considerations; please note that this is in addition to a separate survey you may have received last week. All students, staff, parents/caregivers and interested community members are invited to participate through Friday, July 17.

What is Thoughtexchange?

Thoughtexchange is an online idea crowdsourcing tool (available in multiple languages) that gathers input from stakeholders and identifies the ideas with the strongest sense of common ground.

How does it work?

  • Share – Answer an open-ended question about planning for the new school year.
  • Star – Consider other points of view and rate them according to your level of agreement. Rate as many ideas as you like.
  • Discover – Learn what is important to the group.

All thoughts and ratings are anonymous.

How will the information be shared?

Results will be shared with district planners. The results will also be posted to the district website, www.district279.org by no later than July 24.

Important note: This stakeholder input tool is different from and does not replace any survey you may be asked to complete. Unlike a survey, Thoughtexchange engages participants in evaluating ideas from other people throughout the school district; it will provide insights that will complement but not replace the results of planning surveys.


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