The School Board is an elected body made up of private citizens who act as the board of directors for Williston Public School District #1. This group of elected officials helps determine educational, financial, and strategic policies for District #1.
All School Board meetings are open to the public, so please check our Calendar for information on the next meeting. All School Board Policies are available for review by the public as well.
Meet Our Board
Joanna Baltes- School Board President
Joanna Baltes moved to Williston in 2015 to join her husband in his post-Navy career. Joanna spent her legal career serving as a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice both in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, CA where she prosecuted terrorism cases, drug traffickers, alien smugglers and corrupt government officials. Joanna was a member of the trial teams prosecuting the five planners of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the planner of the bombing of the USS Cole in the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay during both the Bush and Obama administrations. Joanna’s last position in Washington, D.C. was as Chief of Staff to the FBI Deputy Director where she was involved in the day to day administration of an organization with over 35,000 employees and an $8 billion annual budget.
Since moving to Williston, Joanna has been involved with the Williston Sea Lions Swim Team, as an official with U.S.A. Swimming, board member and coach. Joanna currently serves as board president for the Sea Lions. Her other interests include cooking, CrossFit and tennis.
Joanna has been married to her husband John for 19 years and they have two boys, aged 9 and 12, who attend Williston District 1 schools. Joanna graduated from University High School in Tucson, Arizona which she credits with creating a lifelong love of education and appreciation for amazing teachers. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Arizona; her J.D. and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law, and clerked for the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.
Thomas Kalil- School Board Vice President
School Board Meeting Minutes
All School Board meetings are open to the public and all School Board meeting minutes—once approved as correct by the School Board—are available to the public as well. Please refer to the list of meeting minutes below to find a directory of minutes:
- 2018 Meeting Minutes
- 2017 Meeting Minutes
- 2016 Meeting Minutes
- 2015 Meeting Minutes
- 2014 Meeting Minutes
- 2013 Meeting Minutes
- 2012 Meeting Minutes
School Board Members
|Joanna Baltes||School Board President||Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Thomas Kalil||School Board Vice Presidentemail@example.com|
|Sara Kasmer||School Board Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Heather Wheeler||School Board Memberemail@example.com|
|Dr. Theresa Hegge||School Board Memberfirstname.lastname@example.org|