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About the Richfield School Board

Members of the Richfield Public School District Board of Education set the vision and goals for the District, monitor progress and ensure accountability. Every decision they make is centered on what is best for students and incorporates student input throughout the process—from listening sessions with students to the inclusion of student board representatives. Student voice is reflected in the school board's policies, each of which is reviewed at least every five years to ensure continued alignment with the vision of the board and the needs of students, staff and families.

Photo above (left to right): Board Clerk Tim Pollis, Treasurer Kirk Spencer, Director Rachel Banks Kupcho, Student Board Representative Chimdalu Dibua, Vice Chair Eric Carter, Superintendent Steven Unowsky, Student Board Representative Paola Hernandez Zuniga, Board Chair Paula Cole, Director Ken Liss. Not pictured: Student Board Representative Gerardo Castañeda Lopez. 

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PAULA COLE

PAULA COLE

BOARD OF EDUCATION, CHAIR, Term: January 2024-28

A former elementary teacher, Paula is now the executive director for Educators for Excellence-MN. Paula has served on the board since 2016 in the roles of director, treasurer, vice chair and chair. 

ERIC CARTER

ERIC CARTER

BOARD OF EDUCATION, VICE CHAIR, Term: January 2022-26

Eric has over 25 years of Information Technology leadership experience and is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Comm-Works, a New Era Technology Company. Eric has served on the board since 2022 in the roles of director and vice chair.

TIMOTHY POLLIS

TIMOTHY POLLIS

BOARD OF EDUCATION, CLERK, Term: January 2022-26

Tim works as an actuary and reinsurance broker and has served on the board since 2014 in the roles of director, treasurer, clerk, vice chair and chair.

KIRK SPENCER

KIRK SPENCER

BOARD OF EDUCATION, TREASURER, Term: January 2024-28

Kirk has been a leader in Information Technology for over 20 years, currently responsible for a global team of project/program managers. Kirk has served on the board since 2024 in the role of treasurer.

RACHEL BANKS KUPCHO

RACHEL BANKS KUPCHO

BOARD OF EDUCATION, DIRECTOR, Term: January 2022-26

Rachel (Leech Lake Ojibwe) brings 20 years of experience working with tribal communities across Minnesota and the country and has served on the board since 2022 in the role of director. 

KENNETH LISS

KENNETH LISS

BOARD OF EDUCATION, DIRECTOR, Term: January 2024-28

Ken is a retired Navy Captain and a former business owner. He now serves as a premier substitute teacher for RPS, attached to Centennial Elementary School. Ken has served on the board since 2024 in the role of director.

Student Board Representatives

Student board representatives attend board meetings and provide board members with their perspectives on agenda items. They are key in providing student voice at the board level, and they frequently bring issues back to their high school peers and share what they hear from the board. 

At the beginning of each school year, the RHS administrators advertise openings for student representatives, and interested students must fill out an application. The RHS administration interviews the interested students and selects representatives. Students then meet with the superintendent and board chair to ensure they understand the expectations and want to commit to the role. Student board representatives are eligible to receive a stipend of $600 per calendar year in which they serve on the board, or to decline the stipend and count the time as volunteer service hours. 

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