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March 2, 2023 Workshop Meeting

March 2, 2023 Workshop Meeting

1 hour 25 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, March 2, 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 Simi Patnaik, seconded by Eric Tessmer to approve the agenda  All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


4.0 Workshop Items

4.1 Teaching and Learning: Science

Kelly Jansen, Assistant Superintendent

Tia Clasen, Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning Services

Arthur Williams, Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning Services

Ian Bronson, Teaching and Learning Supervisor

4.1 PPT

They shared information on the Standards and instruction review process through MDE and reviewed the updates on the Science standards.


5.0 Information Items

5.1 Long Range Facilities Plan Guiding Change Document

Dan Pyan, Executive Director of Finance and Operations


There was a discussion about the document and it will return at the March 23, 2023 meeting for approval.


5.2 Revised 2022-23 Budget Review

Dan Pyan, Executive Director of Finance and Operations

5.2 PPT

Mr Pyan shared the updated budget. This will return for approval at the March 23, 2023  meeting.


5.3 First Reading of Proposed Policy Changes

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent








*** Public comment on the proposed policy changes will be allowed following the information item.

 Per Board recommendation, there will be the removal of academic status related to student performance in policy 401. These polices will return on March 23, 2023 for approval with the suggested change. There was no one signed up for Public Comment.


6.0 Reports and Comments: Superintendent Nielsen shared information about the survey and demographic report with advisories, reported on Strategic Planning, Long Range Facility Planning, Transportation and Spring Break.Pat Driscoll shared information on Metro ECSU. Simi Patnaik met with City of Woodbury. Louise Hinz shared information on Curriculum Advisory. Eric Tessmer is also on the Curriculum Advisory Committee and AMSD, although he will be watching recorded AMSD meeting. Sharon Van Leer attended the Woodbury Racial Justice Committee and is a part of SoWash CARES. She had Bob Lawrence share information. Melinda Dols shared information about NE Metro 916 tours. SEAC is her newly assigned committee.


7.0 Future Meeting Dates:

March 23, 2023 – School Board Business Meeting (DSC/6:00 p.m.)

April 6, 2023 - School Board Workshop Meeting (DSC/6:00 p.m.)


8.0 Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:25pm.