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August 12, 2021 Workshop Meeting

August 12, 2021 Workshop Meeting

47 minutes


Agenda & Minutes

The purpose of this meeting is to consider the following:

1.0 Call to Order; Roll Call: Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a meeting of the School Board of Independent School District 833, South Washington County, was held on Thursday, August 12, 2021. The meeting was called to order by Chair Tracy Brunnette, at 6:30pm at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. School Board Members present: Tracy Brunnette, Melinda Dols, Pat Driscoll, Louise Hinz, Simi Patnaik, Katie Schwartz and Sharon Van Leer. Superintendent Julie Nielsen was present.

2.0 Pledge of Allegiance: 

3.0 Approval of Agenda: It was moved by Sharon Van Leer and seconded by Pat Driscoll to approve the agenda.  All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

4.0 Public Comment: Agenda item scheduled for the August 26, 2021 meeting.

5.0 Workshop Items:

5.1 Community Education Update: Adult & Alternative Programs

Bob Lawrence, Director of Community Education, Nick Falde, Principal of South Washington County Alternative High School and Susie Evans, Great Rivers Program Manager shared information on the programs they supervise and the impact to students and adults.

5.1 PPT

6.0 Information Items:

6.1 First Reading of Proposed Policy Changes

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent



















*** Public Comment will be accepted on proposed policy changes at this time.

  • Heidi Limpert of Woodbury spoke regarding Policy 414.
  • Bryant Henninfeld of Woodbury attempted to talk about non proposed policy changes. Chair Brunnette called him out of order and a 5 minute recess occurred at 7:02pm.

The meeting resumed at 7:09pm. No further public comment on policies was submitted. 

6.2 Fall Update

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent provided an update on VLA, mask requirements and MSHSL recommendations. Any updates to the fall planning will be posted on the website.  She also noted the new website rollout. 

7.0 Discussion Items: None.

8.0 Reports and Comments:

8.1 Superintendent’s Report: Ms. Nielsen reported on prep work starting for the new school year and New Teacher Orientation reports.

8.2 School Board Member Reports: Melinda Dols checked in with her assigned schools, Pat Driscoll is attending AMSD meeting, Louise Hinz also checked in with her schools, attended Ambassador Committee meetings and training with MSBA. Simi Patnaik checked in with her assigned schools, highlighted the NFSI Kindergarten teacher who was nominated for Teacher of the year and met with Susie Evans about the ACCESS program. Katie Schwartz attended the 916 Board meeting and is getting ready for the new school year.

9.0 Future Meeting Dates:

9.1 Thursday, August 26, 2021 – School Board Business Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

9.2 Thursday, September 9, 2021 – School Board Workshop Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

10.0    Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:17pm.