Bismarck School Board

  • The Bismarck School Board is comprised of five members serving 4-year terms.  The Board governs the district through policy by employing a leadership model known as coherent governance where the Superintendent acts as the Chief Executive Officer. The Board establishes intended outcomes for student results and holds the Superintendent accountable for those results. At Board Meetings, members strive to initiate and maintain constructive two-way dialogue with students, staff, parents, and citizens to engage all stakeholders in the current work of the Board and the district.  Each Board Member, with the exception of the President, holds a portfolio corresponding to one of the district's strategic priorities, including operational excellence, personal excellence, learning excellence, and operational excellence. Through the coherent governance model and stakeholder collaboration, the Board seeks to realize the district's Mission, Vision, and Values. 

    Mission: "Empower every learner to thrive."
    Vision: "Together, our strong relationships build inclusive, collaborative, and innovative environments that create agency and inspire a passion for learning, excellence, and discovery."

Board President

  • head shot of board member Dan Eastgate Dan Eastgate 
    Realtor, Venture Real Estate
    Area Director, Bismarck-Mandan Young Life
    First Term Ends: 2024

Board Vice President

  • Josh HagerJosh Hager
    Manager, Market Services
    WBI Energy, Inc.
    Strategic Plan Priority Area Portfolio - Operational Excellence  
    First Term Ends: 2026

Board Member

  • Board member Jon Lee head shot Jon Lee
    Commercial Real Estate Advisor, The CRA Group
    Strategic Plan Priority Area Portfolio - Personal Excellence  
    Second Term Ends: 2026



Board Member

  • Head shot of Board Member Amanda PetersonAmanda Peterson
    Director, Educational Improvement & Support
    ND Department of Public Instruction
    Strategic Plan Priority Area Portfolio - Learning Excellence
    First Term Ends: 2024  

Board member

  • Head shot of board member Donnell Preskey Hushka Donnell Preskey
    Government/Public Affairs Specialist
    ND Association of Counties
    Strategic Plan Priority Area Portfolio - Environmental Excellence  
    First Term Ends: 2024


  • Dr. Jeff Fastnacht headshot Dr. Jeff Fastnacht
    Bismarck Public Schools District Superintendent