About the Bismarck Public Schools Foundation

The Bismarck Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) was established in 1989 by the Bismarck School Board. The Bismarck School Board created a board of directors for the foundation to generate funds and other gifts for the school district. In 2003 the BPSF obtained its 501 (c)(3) status as a tax exempt organization. Donors may deduct contributions to the BPSF as provided in section 170 of the tax code. Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers and gifts to the BPSF for its use are deductible for federal, estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the provisions of the tax code.

  The Mission of the BPS Foundation is to:

Enhance the mission of the Bismarck Public Schools by providing services and recognition to staff and students that are not normally available through the funding of the Bismarck Public Schools budget.

Executive Director: Kayla Effertz Kleven

Kayla Effertz Kleven comes to the BPSF with over six years of experience working as a senior policy advisor for Governor Hoeven and Governor Dalrymple. Her primary portfolio has included education, agriculture and tax issues. She also is co-owner of Olson Effertz Lobbying & Consulting, LLC.

Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Effertz Kleven was the Youth Office Manager for the North Dakota Department of Commerce working to promote North Dakota careers to students and creating internship programs. She has bachelor degrees from the University of North Dakota in marketing and communication, as well as a master’s degree in educational leadership. Kayla is married to Craig Kleven and has two great step-children in the Bismarck Public Schools.   More information about Effertz Kleven can be found at www.linkedin.com/in/kaylaeffertzkleven.

Good Notes to Know:

  • Quorum: 1/3 of the elected board of directors.
  • Board can consist of 15-21 members.
  • Each board member can serve two 3 year staggered terms with the exception of high school students serving one 2-year term.
  • Executive Committee: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member At Large, Immediate Past President, BPS Superintendent. Immediate Past President and Superintendent serve as ex-officio.
  • Selection Committee (new board members): President, BPS President or Designee, BPS Superintendent

Duties of the Board are:

  • To serve as directors for the Bismarck Public School Foundation re: the generation and use of BPS Foundation funds and gifts.
  • To seek funds and other gifts to strengthen educational programs and services for Bismarck Public Schools.
  • To develop by-laws, policies, and procedures which will encourage and enhance contributions to the BPS Foundation.

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If you are interested in becoming a board member or assisting the foundation in any way, contact us.

Executive Committee

Wes Engbrecht, Vice-President
Capital Electric Cooperative

Christopher Friez, Vice-President
North American Coal

Jack Glasser, Member at Large
Glasser Images

Tiffany Vinje, Secretary
Vinje Law Firm

Kayla Effertz Kleven, Treasurer
Foundation Executive Director

Ex-Officio: Jon Lee, School Board Member
Bismarck School Board Voting Member

Ex-Officio: Jim Haussler, BPS Superintendent
Interim Superintendent of Bismarck Public Schools

Ex-Officio: Jason Millner, Past-President
Stifel Nicolaus Financial

Board of Directors

Mary Miller
NSIC

Steve Marquardt
Titan Machinery

Mark Thompson
H.A. Thompson & Sons

Judy Masset
Tour Director and Retired BPS Teacher

Chad Oban
ND United

Bonnie Storbakken
ND Board of Medicine

Kylee Leingang
Bismarck Public Schools

Harley Engelman
Engelman Associates LLC

Student Members
BHS, CHS, LHS, SCHS