Shakopee School Board member Tim Brophy, who was appointed in January, filed paperwork last week to run for his first full term on the board.
Brophy was appointed to fill the seat left vacant by former board member Reggie Bowerman’s resignation. His term ends at the end of this year.
Though it’s been a challenging time serving on the board during the COVID-19 pandemic and with the district facing a large budget deficit, Brophy said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to continue leading as an elected official.
“It is hard to describe my experience on the board to date,” he said. “‘Drinking from the firehose’ seems woefully inadequate. I have and continue to learn during this ever-changeing and challenging time in our history. I wouldn’t miss it for the world, I can tell you.”
Brophy and his wife, Jen Brophy, have lived in Shakopee for more than 20 years. Jen has been teaching seventh grade life science in the district since the 2004-05 school year, and the couple has two daughters who attend Shakopee schools.
Brophy works in information technology for Best Buy, and he coaches his younger daughter’s in-house softball team.
Looking ahead to the school year, Brophy said his priority is focusing on the safety and engagement of students and staff.
Brophy was the third and final candidate to file paperwork to run for Shakopee School Board before the filing period closed Tuesday afternoon. Jeffrey Smith and Ibrahim Mohamed have also filed to run. There are three seats up for grabs, with incumbents Angela Tucker and Matt McKeand opting not to run again.