The Board

There are nine school board members. To contact the school board please send an email to schoolboard@msd1.org This email will go to all nine school board members.\

The School Board acts officially only as a corporate group. An individual School Board member has no authority outside of a formally called Board meeting. No one acts in the name of the Board except when authorized by the full Board to do so.

The School Board is the policy-making body for the school district. They set policies for management of the district that the superintendent and the district staff then carry out. The School Board approves the budget; establishes goals and priorities; acquires and disposes of property; serves as a link between the school system and the public; and interprets educational needs and concerns of the community. In addition to attending board meetings, Board Members serve as liaisons to various district and non-district committees.

Board Elections Interested candidates for the School Board should contact Mr. Ryan Lagasse for more information on the candidate process and timeline. He may be contacted by calling 701-751-6500.

2022 Election Timeline March 12, 2022 - Official Notice of Filing April 11, 2022 - Statement of Interest Filed June 14, 2022 - Election Day June 27, 2022 - Canvas Election Returns and Declare Results

School Board Members

a day ago


Mr. Sheldon Wolf, President

Mr. Wolf has served on the Mandan School Board since 2013.  His term will expire in 2024.

Mr. Rick Horn

Mr. Horn has served on the MPS Board since 2014.  Horn is the Executive Director of the Morton County Housing Authority.  His term will expire in 2024.

Mrs. Caroline Kozojed

Mrs. Kozojed is an Assistant Professor at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business.  Her term will expire in 2024.

Mrs. Marnie Piehl

Mrs. Piehl works for the ND Safety Council. She was elected in 2020 and her term will expire in 2023. 

Mrs. Kama Hoovestol

Mrs. Hoovestol has served on the MPS Board since 2014 and her term will expire in 2023. 


Mr. Darren Haugen

Mr. Haugen has served on the MPS Board since 2020.  Haugen is the Assistant Vice President at Starion Bank and his term will expire in 2023.

Ms. Lori Furaus

Ms. Furaus has served on the MPS School Board since 2013. Furaus is a teacher at Bismarck Public Schools and her term will expire in 2025.

Mr. Tom Peters

Mr. Peters has served on the MPS Board since 2022.  His term will expire in 2025.  


Mrs. Heidi Schuchard

Mrs. Schuchard has served on the MPS School Board since 2022.  Schuchard's term will expire in 2025. 


Mandan Public Schools Standing Committees

Facilities & Finance

Objectives Include: Instructional Resources, Technology, School Facilities and Transportation, and Financial Processes. 

Policy & Personnel

Objectives Include: Human Resources Policy

Student Achievement

Objectives Include: Curriculum, Instruction, and Environments




Public Participation

A scheduled time for public participation has been placed on the agenda at MPS Board of Education general meetings. The Board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens throughout the district. Individuals wishing to address the Board are requested to make arrangements with the Board President or the Superintendent prior to the meeting. Comments should be made to the Board and not to individuals in the audience and be related to school operations and programs. The Board will not hear personal complaints against any person connected with the school district. Comments must address topics that are on the agenda. If a citizen would like to add a topic to the school board agenda, arrangements must be made no later than Thursday prior to the meeting. The Board reserves the right to eliminate or restrict the time allowed for public participation. The Board requests that comments are limited to five (5) minutes or less. Groups of individuals addressing a common concern are asked to designate a spokesperson.

Superintendent's Corner

5 months ago

Dr. Mike Bitz


Welcome to the Mandan Public School website. The Mandan School District educates over 4,000 students in grades Pre K-12 and employs about 630 people, which includes 326 teachers. The district has one high school (grades 9-12), one middle school (grades 6-8), six elementary schools (grades K-5), an alternate high school for grades 10-12 and five preschool special education classrooms. It is our intent to create an environment in our schools that challenges every student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become informed and productive citizens in today‚Äôs global society. A close working relationship between teachers and parents is necessary for this to be accomplished.


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