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Board Election 2024

An election for four seats on the Board of Education of the City of Fargo will be held June 11, 2024.  The Board positions are currently held by Nikkie Gullickson, Seth Holden, Jim Johnson, Tracie Newman.  Terms are for four years. 

Candidates in the election are as follows (in ballot order):

Nikkie Gullickson
Seth Holden
Ryan Dodd
Allie Ollenburger
Dawn Morgan
John Campbell
Kristin Nelson
Paul Mohror
Jason Nelson

Voters can vote for up to four candidates. The four candidates receiving the most votes will be seated on the Board at the July 9, 2024 regular Board meeting.

If you have questions regarding the Board of Education or the election, please contact Board Secretary AnnMarie Campbell at 701-446-1005 or Board President Melissa Burkland at 414-530-7907.   

Candidates interested in running for one of four positions on the Fargo Board of Education may submit an application until Monday, April 8, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.  Applications need to be submitted to the Fargo Public Schools Business Office by the deadline at the District Office, 700 7th Street South in Fargo, which is located on the first floor.

Please download the two documents listed below for completion; they are also available for pickup at the District Office. 

    Statement of Intent

    Statement of Interests

The Board positions up for election are currently held by Nikkie Gullickson, Seth Holden, Jim Johnson, and Tracie Newman.  The election is Tuesday, June 11, 2024.  Terms are for four years.  The Board meets in regular session on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month except in July and December when one meeting is held on the second Tuesday. 

A School Board information session will be held on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the PD Room (room number 87, garden level) at the District Office, 700 7th Street South in Fargo.  This session will be held for those interested in finding out more about the role and responsibilities of the School Board prior to running for a seat in June.  

If you have questions regarding the Board of Education or the election, please contact Board Secretary AnnMarie Campbell at 701-446-1005 or Board President Melissa Burkland at 414-530-7907.  

Campaign Disclosure Statement Reporting

New as of the 2023 legislative session, individuals running for school board must also submit a campaign disclosure statement reporting:

  • The total of all contributions received exceeding $200 during the reporting period.
    • Each aggregated contribution received from a contributor which exceeds $200 during the reporting period.
      • Name and mailing address of the contributor
      • Total amount of contributions
      • Date the last contribution was received.
  • The total of all contributions received of $200 or less during the reporting period.

The reporting period is January 1, 2024 through May 2, 2024 (40 days before the election).

The statement may be submitted for filing to the school district business manager beginning on May 3, 2024 (39th day before the election) and is due by 4:00 pm on May 10, 2024 (32nd day before the election [must be filed prior to the 31st day]).

NDCC 16.1-08.1-02.3 Campaign Contribution Statements


A gift, transfer, conveyance, provision, receipt, subscription, loan, advance, deposit of money, or anything of value, made for the purpose of influencing the nomination for election, or election, of any person to public office or aiding or opposing the circulation or passage of a statewide initiative or referendum petition or measure.

The term also means a contract, promise, or agreement, express or implied, whether or not legally enforceable, to make a contribution for any of the above purposes.

The term includes funds received by a candidate for public office or a political party or committee, which are transferred or signed over to that candidate, party, or committee from another candidate, party, or political committee or other source.

The term "anything of value" includes any good or service of more than a nominal value. The term "nominal value" means the cost, price, or worth of the good or service is trivial, token, or of no appreciable value. The term "contribution" does not include:

  1. A loan of money from a bank or other lending institution made in the regular course of business.
  2. Time spent by volunteer campaign or political party workers.
  3. Money or anything of value received for commercial transactions, including rents, advertising, or sponsorships made as a part of a fair market value bargained-for exchange.
  4. Money or anything of value received for anything other than a political purpose.
  5. Products or services for which the actual cost or fair market value are reimbursed by a payment of money.
  6. An independent expenditure.
  7. The value of advertising paid by a political party, multicandidate political committee, or caucus which is in support of a candidate.
  8. In-kind contributions from a candidate to the candidate's campaign.

About the Board of Education

Fargo Public Schools has had a Board of Education since the founding of its first public school in 1874.  Since the beginning, its top priority has been student achievement.  The Board, supporting the work of staff, the welfare of students and the interest of the community, holds itself accountable to the citizens of the district by ensuring that all action it takes is consistent with the Board’s policies and beliefs.

The Board has only one employee that it supervises – the superintendent of schools.  Its decisions as a group are binding on that one individual.  The Board’s primary role is governance, with student achievement as the central focus.  The Board operates under a policy governance model and Board meetings are conducted under Robert’s Rules of Order.  Board members adhere to Governance Process, Board-Superintendent Relationship and Executive Limitations policies to do Board work and collaborate with administration.  To view all Board policies, click here

The Fargo Board of Education is committed to be transparent to its stakeholders. All regular meetings are televised on local cable access and available via the Board’s YouTube Channel.  Furthermore, all Board meeting agendas, materials and minutes are available on the Board’s website.  Board meetings are legal meetings and are open to the public except for those instances stipulated in law when an executive session may be held.

Each July, the Board of Education holds its annual reorganization meeting.  At this meeting, officers of the Board (president and vice president) are elected.  In August, the Board president makes committee and liaison assignments for the ensuing year, which are then approved by the Board.  Membership on committees expires at the time of reorganization.

Responsibilities & Time Expectations of Board Members

Fargo Board of Education members are obligated to fulfill legal and civic responsibilities.  Each Board member is compensated with a stipend of $1,000 per month for their work and time. 

The list below is an overview of the responsibilities and time expectations of Board members.

  • Regular Board Meetings – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, beginning at 5:30 p.m., 1-3 hours each
  • Work Sessions – Typically at least two per year, 6-8 hours each 
  • Special Board Meetings – as needed
  • Committee Meetings – 2-3 assignments per person (1 meeting per month per committee on average); for additional information see Board policy GP-7
  • School Liaison Assignment – 2-4 meetings with each liaison school (staff and PTA), each Board member has 2-3 liaison schools
  • Liaison Assignments to Other Committees or Community Groups – varies by group
  • School Functions – several throughout the year
  • Staff Appreciation Picnic – annual picnic held by the Board for summer staff each August
  • Back to School Staff Event – morning event with all staff
  • North Dakota State School Board Association (NDSBA) Conference, Bismarck – 2-day conference in October each year
  • National School Board Association (NSBA) Conference – 3-day conference in March or April each year
  • Joint Meetings with City of Fargo and Park District Officials – 1-2 times per year
  • Student and Public Engagement Meetings – as determined by the Board
  • Distribution of High School Diplomas – assigned 1-2 schools annually to distribute diplomas at graduation
  • Legislative Interactions – periodic updates with assigned legislators, legislative breakfast in Bismarck during session, possible testimony at committee hearings
  • Being available to patrons to respond to questions/concerns

Additional Resoures

The Fargo Board of Education is a member of the North Dakota Schools Board Association and the National School Board Association.  To find out more about those organizations, visit:

About FPS

To find out more about Fargo Public Schools, click on the following links to download reports and plans for the district: