The public schools belong to you and your involvement is encouraged. Public participation and open lines of communication are vital to a strong school system. At a board meeting there will be discussions about student learning, curriculum, facilities, finances and staffing, among other topics.
The Bondurant-Farrar Community School Board has a five-member board of directors. The school board represents the people of the district as the legal body that establishes educational policies and sets goals and objectives for the district. These policies and goals are carried out by the superintendent and staff under the board's direction.
Terms are for four years and overlap to ensure continuity of board leadership. School board members receive no pay for their public service. The school board is accountable to you, the community, and to the state and federal governments.
Regular meetings are held on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Mondays of each month. Board meetings regularly begin at 5:00pm and are held in the Middle School Library. Click here to view the schedule for upcoming meeting dates.
Regular meetings are open to the public. Electronic agendas are available on BoardDocs at least 24 hours in advance.
A quorum of board members (three of the five members) must be present for a regular meeting to take place. All actions authorized or required by law are taken in open meetings. State law allows the board to consider matters of personnel and building site acquisitions in closed session and then vote on them in open session.
Open Forum is a specific time set aside at the beginning of each meeting for public communication to the board. At that time, interested people may present comments, suggestions or concerns, even if they are not on the agenda. However, an item must be included on the agenda before the board can officially act upon it. If you have comments about an item on the agenda, you'll have the opportunity to share them when we reach that point in the meeting.
If you wish to comment during open forum or about an agenda item, please complete the card provided at the door and give it to the (board president/superintendent/board secretary) prior to the meeting. The president will call on you at the appropriate time. We ask that you remember that Iowa law prohibits us from discussing a specific employee's performance at a public board meeting.
Questions or Concerns
Citizens are encouraged to communicate with Bondurant-Farrar educators and school board members. If you have a concern, the best place to begin is with those directly involved and responsible, usually at the specific school: the teacher and/or principal. It is there that most problems can be quickly and productively resolved. If questions still remain, please contact the superintendent. And, if you're convinced that further action is required, the board is available to hear your concerns.
The school board meeting agenda is set by the board president and superintendent. Individuals who wish to request an item be placed on the agenda should do so by writing Superintendent Bondurant-Farrar Community School District, 300 Garfield in Bondurant.
Requests should include name, address, phone number, organization represented, purpose of the presentation or pertinent background information. To be included on a Monday night agenda, requests must reach the superintendent by noon on the previous Tuesday. The inclusion of items is at the discretion of the superintendent and board president.
We welcome your ideas, questions or suggestions. With your help, we can achieve our goal of continued excellence in education.
Term of Office
Board members elected for a full term at a regularly scheduled school election in September, of odd- numbered years, and serve for four years. Board members appointed to fill a vacant position will serve until the next scheduled school election. A board member elected to fill a vacancy will serve out the unexpired term.
Being a board member is a unique opportunity for a citizen to participate in a governing board of the school district. Eligible board members are encouraged to consider running for more than one term.
Terms for current members end as follows:
Name Position Term End Chris Freese President 2019 Susan Ugulini Vice-President 2019 Garry Lenhart Board Member 2021 Tom Looft Board Member 2019 Kristin Swift Board Member 2021
Below are the email addresses for the board of directors at the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District. These email addresses are intended for district patron use only.
To prevent misuse, please include your full name and home address on every email.
Board of Directors
Chris Freese, President
Susan Ugulini, Vice President
Garry Lenhart, Director
Tom Looft, Director
Kristin Swift, Director