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February 17, 2022 Business Meeting

1 hour, 57 minutes


Agenda and 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, February 17, 2022. The meeting was called to order by Chair Sharon Van Leer, at 6:30pm at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. School Board Members present: Melinda Dols, Pat Driscoll, Simi Patnaik, Katie Schwartz, Eric Tessmer and Sharon Van Leer. Louise Hinz was absent. Superintendent Julie Nielsen was present.


2.0 Pledge of Allegiance


3.0 Approval of Agenda: It was moved by Melinda Dols, seconded by Katie Schwartz to approve the amended agenda, moving 7.3 to follow consent agenda items.  All in favor, none opposed. Motion passed.


4.0 Student District Ambassador Reports: Evan LaMott, Mia McGraw and Arion Wallen shared what they’ve been working on in the district student ambassador group.


5..0 Public Comment: The following people addressed the school board:

·        Amy Anderson

·        Marika Pfefferkorn

·        Talaya Tolefree


6.0 Consent Items: It was moved by Pat Driscoll, seconded by Eric Tessmer to approve the consent agenda. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

6.1 Approval of Retirements, Resignations and Terminations

6.2 Approval of Leaves of Absence

6.3 Approval of New Employees/Change of Status

6.4 Approval of Electronic Fund Transfers

6.5 Approval of Resolution to Accept Gifts

6.6 Approval of January 20, 2022,  School Board Meeting Minutes

6.7 Approval of February 3, 2022, School Board Meeting Minutes

6.8 Approval of MOU for Construction Easement with the City of Woodbury

6.9 Approval of Student Teaching Agreement with the University of MN

6.10 Approval of Student Teaching Agreement with Hamline University

6.11 Approval of Extended Field Trips

6.12 Approval of Surplus Technology Bids

6.13 Approval of Cash Disbursements for November

6.14 Approval of Cash Disbursements for December

6.15 Approval of Cash Disbursements for January

6.16 Approval of Cold Storage Equipment Bid


7.0 Information Items:

7.1 Budget Update

Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations

7.1 PPT

Mr. Pyan shared information on the financial forecasts, enrollment and current status.


7.2 Long Range Facilities Update

Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent

Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations

7.2 PPT

They shared the 2 current plans and future timeline.


7.3 Native American Parent Advisory

Kelly Jansen, Assistant Superintendent

7.3 PPT

Sandy Saucedo-Falagan Achievement and Integration Coordinator and Britany Amitrano, Cultural Liaison. They shared information on funding, the program goals and strategies.


8.0 Action Items:

8.1 Approval of Proposed Policy Changes

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent











It was moved by Katie Schwartz, seconded by Pat Driscoll to approve the policy changes.  All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


 8.2 Approval of Tentative Agreement with Office and Professional Employees International Union

Kevin Witherspoon, Director of Human Resources

It was moved by Pat Driscoll, seconded by Melinda Dols to approve the agreement.  All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


9.0  Superintendent Report: Superintendent Nielsen reported on Bus Driver Appreciation Day, COVID dashboard numbers and School Board Recognition Week.


10.0 Future Meeting Dates:

March 3, 2022 – School Board Workshop Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

March 24, 2022 – School Board Business Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)


11.0 Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:27pm