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March 24, 2022 Business Meeting

March 24, 2022 Business Meeting

1 hour, 51 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, March 24 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, Louise Hinz, Simi Patnaik, Katie Schwartz, 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 Eric Tessmer, seconded by Louise Hinz to approve the agenda.  All in favor, none opposed. Motion passed.


4.0 Student District Ambassador Report: Teaching and Learning listened to feedback about students classroom experiences. Students shared their most memorable experience from this year and what they would change. There are 2 remaining meetings this year.


5.0  Public Comment: 

  • Maria Fernandez-Paris-Razo
  • Jermaine Wade Jr
  • Laurie Elliott
  • Bryant Henningfeld


6.0  Consent Items: It was moved by Louise Hinz, seconded by Melinda Dols 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 February 17, 2022,  School Board Meeting Minutes

6.7 Approval of March 3, 2022 School Board Meeting Minutes

6.8 Approval of Extended Field Trips

6.9 Approval of Pay Equity

6.10 Approval of FY 2022-23 School Board Meeting Times

6.11 Approval of February Cash Disbursements


7.0 Information Items:

7.1 Long-Range Facilities Update

Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent

Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations

 7.1 PPT

Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent, Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations and Dan Hines, Assistant Director of Facilities shared the current plans.  They will return April 21st for approval of the plan.


8.0 Action Items:

8.1 Approval of Proposed Policy Changes

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent








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


8.2 Approval of Resolution of intent to issue bonds

Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations



Pre Sale Report

It was moved by Katie Schwartz, seconded by Simi Patnaik to approve the resolution. A roll call vote was taken. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


8.3 Approval of SoWashCo Online

Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent

It was moved by Pat Driscoll, seconded by Eric Tessmer to approve the school. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.


9.0  Superintendent Report: Superintendent Nielsen reported she met with legislators and the parent district ambassador group about the long range facilities plan.  The district is working on staffing and she attend an Equity session at the YMCA in Woodbury.


10.0 Future Meeting Dates:

April 7, 2022 – School Board Workshop Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

April  21, 2022 – School Board Business Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)


11.0 Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:21pm.