September 12, 2019 Minutes

Thursday, September 12, 2019 / 6:30pm
District Service Center / Cottage Grove, MN

The purpose of this meeting is to consider the following:

1.0 Call to Order; 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, September 12, 2019. The meeting was called to order by Chair Tracy Brunnette, 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 , Pat Driscoll, Heather Hirsch, Ron Kath, Katie Schwartz, Sharon Van Leer and Michelle Witte. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present.

2.0 Pledge of Allegiance

3.0 Approval of Agenda: It was moved by Sharon Van Leer, seconded by Ron Kath to approve the agenda. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

4.0 District Highlights: Agenda item scheduled for the September 26, 2019 meeting.

5.0 Public Comment: Agenda item scheduled for the September 26, 2019 meeting.

6.0 Consent Items:It was moved by Sharon Van Leer, seconded by Heather Hirsch to approve the consent items. 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 Extended Field Trips
6.5 Approval of Sports Performance Contract with TH

7.0 Workshop Items:

7.1 Showcase Our Schools
7.1 PPT Jim Smokrovich, East Ridge High School Principal
Jim Smokrovich shared how they are celebrating the completion of their tenth year upon the completion of 2018-19 school year. He shared how they personalize the East Ridge experience.

7.2 Inventor Space
7.2 PPT
Mike Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
Mike Johnson, Assistant Superintendent and Park High School staff shared their experiences with planning for and the current use of the Inventor Space. Sponsors shared their experiences as well as the students experiences.

8.0 Information Items:

8.1 Construction Update
Kwame Ayim, Director of Facilities
He shared the projects which have been completed and are in progress throughout the district.

8.2 Negotiations Update
Heather Hirsch, School Board Director
She shared the current status of negotiations.

9.0 Discussion Items: None.

10.0 Action Items:

10.1 Approval of SEC Music Festival
Mike Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
It was moved by Ron Kath, seconded by Pat Driscoll to approve the festival. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

11.0 Reports and Comments:

11.1 Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Jacobus reported on the Long Term Facilities Planning and the first week of school.
11.2 School Board Member Reports
Tracy Brunnette reported that some cabinet and board members volunteered with Cooks for Kids at Ronald McDonalds House. Heather Hirsch attended Negotiations and thanked staff for their work. Ron Kath attended CFAC.

12.0 Future Meeting Dates:
12.1 Thursday, September 26, 2019 – School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)
12.2 Thursday, October 10, 2019 – School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

13.0 Closed Session: Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.03 for Labor Negotiations. Sharon Van Leer motioned to move to closed session at 8:10 p.m. Seconded by Ron Kath. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried. At 9:08 p.m., the board returned from closed session. Katie Schwartz motioned to reconvene the meeting. Seconded by Heather Hirsch. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

14.0 Adjournment: : The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.