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Shakopee School Board Selects Caroline Valdez for 2022 Vacancy

Seventh seat to be filled through January 9, 2023

Issued March 23, 2022

Caroline Valdez was selected to fill the Shakopee Public Schools board vacancy during the March 21, 2022 School Board meeting held at Shakopee High School. Six applications were received by the district. After review and scoring of each applicant, three finalists were selected for in-person interviews. 

Each of the selected candidates were allotted 20 minutes during their public interview and were asked the same questions. 

“In terms of skill sets, each of the three (candidates) were equally qualified,” noted School Board Clerk, Tim Brophy. “All three candidates did a great job,” added School Board Treasurer, Joe Aldrich. 

Valdez brings over 10 years of experience in human resources to the School Board with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Valdez has also served on the Board for the Association of Latino Professionals for America and the Minnesota Talent & Recruiting Network. In her application, Valdez noted her personal goal is to listen, take a deep dive, assess and have an open mind when it comes to understanding the needs of our community. 

“I have a passion for helping our students learn,” noted Valdez during her interview. “ I want our students to have every opportunity to succeed in life.”

By statute, Valdez must complete a 30-day waiting period before being formally appointed and starting to serve as a member of the School Board. The formal appointment and Oath of Office are scheduled to occur at the beginning of the School Board Meeting at Shakopee High School on April 25, 2022.

During Monday's School Board meeting, School Board Member Jeff Smith encouraged all six candidates that submitted an application and showed a passion for education to consider running in the November 2022 general election. There will be four seats up for the November election, including the seat being filled by Caroline Valdez. Each of the seats will serve a 4-year term that starts on January 9, 2023.