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 (Canceled)    


Meeting by Telephone or Other Electronic Means:

Conditions - Minn. Stat. § 13D.021 provides that a meeting of a public body may be conducted via telephone or other electronic means if meeting in a public location is not practical or prudent because of a health pandemic or declared emergency.


April 30, 2020 Zoom 6:00 PM
June 11, 2020 Zoom 6:00 PM
June 25, 2020 Zoom 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

Zoom: Links will be posted on the meeting's notice/agenda.

Standing Committees

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

Executive Committee: 8/5, 10/7, 12/2, 3/3, 4/6, 5/26 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, 5/27 at 2:00 PM
Personnel Committee: 7/30, 1/13, 2/4, 5/26 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