Board of Education

Welcome to Your Board of Education Meetings

The Appleton Area School District (AASD) Board of Education appreciates your attendance at this meeting and encourages your involvement in public education.  This page of the Agenda is provided to help answer questions you may have and to guide you in your communications with Board members.


Board of Education Meetings are typically held the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted or announced. Locations vary between the Thomas G. Scullen Leadership Center, 122 E. College Avenue, Suite 1A, Appleton, and AASD school sites. Other meetings of the Board (work sessions, public hearings, and Subcommittee meetings) are also scheduled throughout the year. Meetings are posted through the local media, City of Appleton, Appleton Public Library, and the AASD website at least 24 hours in advance. All meetings are open to the public unless a Closed Executive Session is scheduled. (By law, Closed Executive Sessions can be held only to discuss matters which require confidentiality.  Such issues include personnel action, student discipline, site acquisitions, litigation, or employee negotiations.)

Speaking at Meetings

Copies of the Board Meeting Agenda are available on the District’s website or at the Superintendent’s Office, the Friday before each meeting.  The Agenda provides for Community Input (comments from citizens, students, staff, etc.) at the beginning of the meeting.  If you wish to comment during Community Input, please comply with the following guidelines:

  • Each citizen wishing to speak is asked to complete a registration form stating his/her name, address, and topic for comments.
  • Complaints or concerns about individual staff members or students should initially be brought to the staff member, his/her immediate supervisor, or submitted as a complaint in accordance with District Complaint Procedures.   As personnel matters involve a variety of rights, these matters are not appropriate for the public comment period.  The Board shall not consider or discuss such complaints or grievances.
  • The Board President (or senior officer in attendance) or committee chair shall recognize all speakers.
  • Speakers should be as brief as possible and only speak once during the period for public comment. Unless additional time is granted, a speaker shall limit his/her presentation to a maximum of three minutes.
  • A group spokesperson may speak for up to five minutes. In fairness to other speakers, all time limits will be enforced.
  • Individuals or groups requiring greater length of time should communicate in writing.  Written correspondence to Board members may be directed to the Board through its Administrative Assistant or directly to their home addresses.
  • Speakers should not be repetitious.
  • Speakers who attend consecutive meetings should only sign up to speak if presenting new or additional information.  Discussion of any single item may be limited at the discretion of the Board President or committee chair.

The Wisconsin Open Meeting Law requires that Board of Education members do not discuss topics or respond to questions that are not listed on the agenda.


Role of the School Board

The AASD School Board consists of seven citizens who are elected at large for three-year terms.  They are responsible to the voters and act under the directions and restrictions of state law.  They serve without pay.  Board members have no power to act individually in the name of the Board.  Action can be taken only when the Board is meeting in regular session with a majority of its members present.  Roberts Rules of Order is the parliamentary authority for procedure. 


Current Board Members

Sharon M. Fenlon                President                734-0864

Kay S. Eggert                     Vice President         738-7517

Diane S. Barkmeier             Clerk                      733-6535

John E. Mielke                    Treasurer               734-6228

Julie T. Baker                     Secretary                993-0545

Jim R. Bowman                   Member                  731-3754

Barry P. O'Connor                Member                  739-6469

Contact the Board
If you have specific questions relating to board policies or action, please call the Office of the Superintendent of Schools at (920) 832-6126, or write to Board of Education members at:
Appleton Area School District, P.O. Box 2019, Appleton, WI  54912-2019