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March 3, 2022 Workshop Meeting

March 3, 2022 Workshop Meeting

1 hour 51 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, March 3, 2022, at 6:31pm. 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 (arrived at 6:32pm), Louise Hinz, Simi Patnaik, Katie Schwartz, Eric Tessmer and Sharon Van Leer. Julie Nielsen was present.


2.0 Pledge of Allegiance


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

4.0 Workshop Items:

4.1 Virtual Learning Academy

Tyrone Brookins, Assistant Superintendent

4.1 PPT

Principal Candace Gram reported on the experience. 

4.2 Long-Range Facility Update

Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent

Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations

4.2 PPT

They shared the final recommended plan.

5.0 Information Items

5.1 First Reading of Proposed Policy Changes

Julie Nielsen, Superintendent








These polices will return on March 24, 2022, for approval. There was no public comment.

6.0 Superintendent and Board Reports: Superintendent Nielsen and Board Members reported on events they attended since the February 3, 2022 meeting.  


7.0 Future Meeting Dates:

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

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


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