December 15, 2016 Minutes

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 833

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

06:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016

District Service Center / Cottage Grove, MN

1.0 Call to Order; Roll Call

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District 833, South Washington County, was held on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The meeting was called to order by Chair Ron Kath, at 6:30pm at the District Service Center, located at 7362 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove, Minnesota. School Board Members present were: Tracy Brunnette, Ron Kath, Katie Schwartz, Katy McElwee-Stevens, Joe Slavin, Sharon Van Leer & Michelle Witte. Student Board Representatives, Melody Armstrong (PHS), Nidhi Jariwala (WHS) and Hayden Schulz (ERHS) were present. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present.

2.0 Pledge of Allegiance

3.0 Approval of Agenda

It was moved by Sharon Van Leer and seconded by Katie Schwartz to approve the agenda. All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried.

4.0 District Highlights:

4.1 Park High School Chamber Choir

Ben O'Connor, Park High School Choir Director

4.2 Climate and Culture Ambassador Recognition

Denise Griffith, Director of Human Resources

5.0 Public Comment:

Angela Tsiang from Woodbury addressed the Board regarding Wi-Fi radiation

6.0 Consent Items:

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 Extended Field Trips

6.5 Approval of Electronic Fund Transfers

6.6 Approval of Resolution to Accept Gifts

6.7 Approval of November 17, 2016 School Board Meeting Minutes

6.8 Approval of December 1, 2016 School Board Meeting Minutes

6.9 Approval of Grant Applications and Awards

6.10 Approval of student teacher agreement with the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

6.11 Approval of Bid Pack #2 for Oltman Middle School

It was moved by Sharon Van Leer and seconded by Tracy Brunnette to approve the Consent Agenda items. All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried.

7.0 Workshop Items: Agenda item scheduled for the January 5, 2017 meeting

8.0 Information Items:

8.1 Office of Educational Equity and Integration Update (PPT)

Kristine Schaefer, Educational Equity and Integration Coordinator

This was presented by Mike Johnson, Assistant Superintendent, Kristine Schaefer, Educational Equity and Integration Coordinator and Todd Hyland, Social Studies Coordinator. They reviewed the training that's been provided to staff and the upcoming sessions, and noted the new cultural liaisons.

8.2 Middle School Update

Mike Vogel, Interim Director of Facilities and Construction Management

He reviewed the budget and current plans for improvements at all middle school sites.

9.0 Discussion Items: None.

10.0 Action Items:

10.1 Approval of Final Tax Levy for Taxes Payable in 2017

Dan Pyan, Director of Finance

He presented the details of the proposed taxes at the December 1, 2016 Board meeting. He noted the levy has been reduced from the proposed levy, which was approved this fall. Katie Schwartz motioned to approve the 2017 Taxes Payable for 2017. Seconded by Sharon Van Leer. All in favor, none opposed. Motion passed.

10.2 Approval of the Tentative Agreement with Paraprofessionals, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 70

This agenda item was added following the closed session: Approval of the Tentative Agreement with Paraprofessionals, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 70, presented by Denise Griffith, Director of Human Resources. Michelle Witte motioned to approve the agreement. Seconded by Katie Schwartz. All in favor, none opposed, motion passed.

11.0 Reports and Comments:

11.1 Superintendent's Report

Dr. Jacobus reported on winter weather school closures and shared an anti-bullying video

11.2 Student School Board Member Reports (Activated at 00:56:49)

Melody Armstrong, PHS: reported on athletics, and noted girls hockey is holding a toy drive. In the Arts, they're finishing up their chamber shows and the first 1 Act Play practice was today. PHS had finals a couple of weeks ago and now this week is IB Finals week. During Wolfpack hour students have had meetings with Ms. Garski about how to improve the hour.

Nidhi Jariwala, WHS: reported the Science Olympia team had their meet earlier this month. Last week the speech team had their 1st team meeting. Band, Choir and Orchestra held their annual concert. She highlighted the girls Basketball team held a fundraiser and ugly sweater day is tomorrow for staff and students.

Hayden Schulz, ERHS: reported the theater department is working on their 1 act play and winter play. He noted students are finishing up several tests and quizzes before the winter break. He highlighted sports, noting the basketball season has started with the boys at 3-0. Student council is hosting a blood drive tomorrow.

12.0 Future Meeting Dates:

12.1 January 5, 2017 - Regular School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

12.2 January 19, 2017 - Regular School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

13.0 Closed Session:

13.1 Pursuant to 13D.03 for Labor Negotiations

Tracy Brunnette motioned to move into closed session at 7:37pm. Katy McElwee-Stevens seconded the motion. All in favor. None opposed. The Board returned from closed session at 8:12pm. Sharon Van Leer motioned to re-convene the meeting, seconded by Katy McElwee-Stevens. At this time Sharon Van Leer motioned to amend the agenda to add action item 10.2 Approval of the Tentative Agreement with Paraprofessionals, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 70. Seconded by Katy McElwee-Stevens. All in favor, none opposed. Motion passed.

14.0 Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 8:17pm.