Board of Education

The MPSD School Board consists of seven members who are responsible for establishing policies in accordance with state law regarding students, personnel, educational programs, facilities, equipment, and relations with the community. The Board establishes the budget and has fiscal control. The superintendent serves as the Chief Executive Officer and offers recommendations to the Board when developing and administering District philosophy, goals, and revisions to Board policies.

Unlike the City Council and County Board, members are elected “at large,”  meaning they represent the entire school district and not any designated portion. Citizens may contact any or all Board members but should be aware that members have no authority as individuals, only as they meet together as a Board. 

Correspondence can be sent to Board Secretary Laurie Braun, MPSD Administration Office 2902 Lindbergh Drive Manitowoc, WI 54220.  Please contact her with questions at 920-686-4783 or email at


Dave NickelsPresident Dave Nickels
(920) 242-0899

First Elected April 2016 - term expires April 2022                            

Johnston, LisaVice President Lisa Johnston
 (920) 726-4992
First Elected April 2018 - term expires April 2022

No pic availableTreasurer Board Member Kathy Willis
First Elected April 2020 - term expires April 2023

Braunel, CollinBoard Member Collin Braunel
First Elected April 2021 - term expires April 2023

Sauer, MeredithBoard Member Meredith Sauer
(920) 860-6881
First Elected April 2019 - term expires April 2022


Soeldner, StaceyBoard Member Stacey E. Soeldner
(920) 973-9238
First Elected April 2021 - term expires April 2024

Trask, KerryBoard Member Kerry Trask
First Appointed January 2021 - term expires April 2024      

Buildings and Grounds:  Chair Catherine Shallue, Lisa Johnston & Trask

Curriculum: Chair Meredith Sauer, Kathy Willis & Trask

Finance and Budget:  Chair Richard Nitsch, Dave Nickels & Catherine Shallue

Personnel:  Chair Lisa Johnston, Meredith Sauer & Kathy Willis

Employee Relations:  President Dave Nickels, Vice-President/Clerk Lisa Johnston, Treasurer- Vacancy

City Recreation Board:  Dave Steavpack (Representative)

Administrative Relations:  Board President Dave Nickels, Finance Chair
Richard Nitsch &  Personnel Chair Lisa Johnston

Drug-Free Schools/AODA/Human Growth & Development -  Kathy Willis
School Forest -  Dave Nickels
Gifted & Talented - Meredith Sauer
Business Education Partnership Council - Richard Nitsch

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