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January 6, 2022 Workshop Meeting

January 6, 2022 Workshop Meeting

2 hours, 56 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, January 6, 2022 at 6:30pm. The meeting was called to order by Chair Sharon Van Leer, at 6:34pm at the District Service Center, 7362 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016. School Board Members present: Melinda Dols,  Louise Hinz, Simi Patnaik, Katie Schwartz, Eric Tessmer and Sharon Van Leer.  Pat Driscoll 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 Simi Patnaik approve the agenda.  All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


4.0 Workshop Items:

4.1 School Showcase

Laura Loshek, Grey Cloud Elementary

Jolaine Mast, Pine Hill Elementary

Arthur Williams, Middleton Elementary

Joni Hagebock, Oltman Middle School

4.1 PPT

Principals shared highlights and programs at their schools.


4.2 Long-Range Facility Update

Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent

Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations

4.2 PPT

They reviewed the updated long-range facilities plan, options and the timeline.


5.0 Information Items:

5.1 Review of Policy Handbook

Tyrone Brookins, Assistant Superintendent


Mr. Brookins  shared the guide with Board Members. 


5.2 First Reading of Proposed Policy Changes

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent






These will return at the January 20, 2022 meeting for approval.

Public Comment: None.


5.3 First Reading of 2022-23 Proposed Calendar

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent

Board members suggested reducing Flex Learning days.  An edited copy of the calendar will return for approval on January 20, 2022.


6.0 Reports and Comments:

Superintendent Report: She reported on 2022-23 school enrollment guides, the COVID -19 rates and staffing. She asked families to arrange for back up plans with transportation due to driver shortages and share the district staffing process is starting for the 2022-23 school year.

Board member Reports: Melinda Dols attended the MSBA and delegate assembly. Louise Hinz attended her assigned committees, went to the high school plays, MSBA programming, volunteered in schools and subbed that morning. Simi Patnaik attended the high school plays, concerts and MSBA webinars. Sharon Van Leer attended the MSBA leadership webinar. Eric Tessmer completed MSBA trainings and Katie Schwartz attended the high school plays and MSBA delegate assembly.


7.0 Future Meeting Dates:

January 20, 2022 – School Board Business Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

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


8.0 Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 9:30pm.