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June 1, 2023 Workshop Meeting

June 1, 2023 Workshop Meeting

3 hours, 28 minutes


Agenda and Minutes


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, June 1, 2023. The meeting was called to order by Chair Sharon Van Leer, at 6:00pm 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. Louise Hinz, Eric Tessmer and Sharon Van Leer. Superintendent Julie Nielsen was present.


2.0 Pledge of Allegiance


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


4.0 Workshop Items:

4.1 Teaching and Learning: English Language Arts Updates

Kelly Jansen, Assistant Superintendent

4.1 & 4.2 PPT

Tia Clasen, Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning, Arthur Williams, Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning and Leah Boulos K-12 Literacy Supervisor shared updates and objectives of the standards and instruction review teams and next steps.


4.2 Teaching and Learning Report: Title III - English Language Learner Services

Kelly Jansen, Assistant Superintendent

Nikki Clymer, English Language Supervisor shared updates on the department and the students.


4.3 Boundary Changes for New Neighborhoods

Dan Pyan, Executive Director of Finance and Operations

He shared the impacts and will return for approval on June 15th.


5.0 Information Items: 


Kelly Jansen, Assistant Superintendent

5.1 PPT

Tim Bunnell, ATPPS Coordinator shared that the Alternative Teacher Professional pay System (ATPPS) is funded by MDE and includes professional development, goals, career advancement formative observations and instructional coaching.


5.2 Long-Range Facilities Final Draft Plan

Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent

Dan Pyan, Executive Director of Finance and Operations

5.2 PPT

They shared the final draft and plan and the recommendations for what will be on the ballot this fall. A discussion was held. This will return for June 15th for approval.


5.3 Preliminary Budget for FY 2023-24

Dan Pyan, Executive Director of Finance and Operations

5.3 PPT


He explained the budget revenues and expenditures. This will return for approval at the June 15th meeting.


5.4 First Reading of Proposed Policy Changes

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent





These policies will return on June 15th for approval. There was no request for comment.


6.0 Reports and Comments: Superintendent Nielsen introduced Interim Special Services Director, Erin McKoy. She and the Assistant Superintendents stopped at each school this week for some end of year recognition. She attended the Kindergarten recognition at Middleton Elementary and recognized the Class of 2023 graduates. Melinda Dols reported on the policy committee, but has upcoming meetings and recognized the NE Metro 916 graduation ceremonies. The topics of Louise Hinz and Simi Patnaik’s committees were covered during the board meeting. Eric Tessmer attended the AMSD meeting, which highlighted funding. Sharon Van Leer attended Newport Kindergarten graduation.


7.0 Future Meeting Dates:

June 8, 2023 - School Board Strategic Planning Meeting (DSC/5:30 p.m.)

June 15, 2023 – School Board Business Meeting (DSC/6:00 p.m.)

July 13, 2023 - School Board Business Meeting (DSC/6:00 p.m.)


8.0 Closed Session: Pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03 for labor negotiations.

At 8:34pm, Melinda Dols motioned to move to closed session, seconded by Eric Tessmer. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried. At 9:27pm, Simi Patnaik motioned to move to return to the public meeting, seconded by Eric Tessmer. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


9.0 Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 9:28pm.