The School District 197 School Board has seven members who are elected at large to four-year terms. Elections for school board members are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years.

The terms of three school board members (John Chandler, Marcus Hill, an Maureen Ramirez) will expire at the end of December 2021. Filing dates for those open seats will be July 27-August 10, 2021.

A candidate for the school board must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 21 years old at the time the term of office begins
  • Maintained a residence in the school district for 30 days prior before the general election
  • Have not been convicted of an offense for which registration is required under Minn. Stat. 243.166
  • Have not filed for any other office in the upcoming general election

Affidavits of candidacy will be available beginning July 27 in person at the District Office, 1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights, MN 55118. Affidavits of candidacy need to be notarized. There is a notary available at the District Office. While you can have the form notarized offsite, we recommend you come in person so the form can be checked for completeness. 

The filing fee for this office is $2. Office hours are 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. On Tuesday, August 10, the office will remain open until 5:00 p.m. The deadline for candidates to withdraw their Affidavit of Candidacy will be 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12 and that needs to be done in person in the District Office.

An information session will be offered on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Two Rivers High School in Room A264 (1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights, MN). District administrators will provide an overview of the various district departments and talk about the role and responsibilities of the School Board. This is a great time to learn more about the school district and ask any questions you may have prior to the filing deadline of August 10. No pre-registration is required but it would be helpful to know if you plan to attend for set up purposes. Please call or email Mary Amidon at the information listed below.

An eligible voter must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of the school district and maintain residence in the district for 20 days immediately preceding the election

School Board election results from previous elections are available on the Minnesota Secretary of State website

If you have any questions related to the upcoming school district election, please email or call Mary Amidon at mary.amidon@isd197.org or 651-403-7002.

First page of the PDF file: 2020-2021SchoolBoardBookletFINAL

MSBA "Running for School Board" Webinar

The Minnesota School Boards Association is providing a webinar that covers basics such as how to file for the board, reasons to serve on the board — and reasons not to serve on the board, job duties of school boards, and how boards function as a team. CLICK HERE to watch the webinar via YouTube.