Dec. 13, 2018 Minutes

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 833
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

Unofficial Clerk's Minutes
December 13, 2018

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, December 13, 2018. 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, Sharon Van Leer and Michelle Witte. Katie Schwartz was absent. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present. Student Board Representatives Hannah Poor (ERHS), and Lindsey Strom (PHS) were present. Sonny Yimer (WHS) was absent. 

3.0 Approval of Agenda
It was moved by Sharon Van Leer to approve the amended agenda, adding 10.2 a closed session pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03 for Labor Negotiations. Seconded by Pat Driscoll. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried. 

2.0 Pledge of Allegiance

4.0 District Highlights:

4.1 East Ridge High School Chamber Singers Elizabeth Gullick, East Ridge High School Choir Director

5.0 Public Comment:

Joeline Wright, Cottage Grove regarding bullying
Gene Matter regarding publication of board meeting dates 

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 15, 2018 School Board Meeting Minutes
6.8 Approval of 2019 Re-Roofing Project Bids
6.9 Approval of Grants and Awards
6.10 Authorize Hand Benefits and Trust Co to administer VEBA Trust account
It was moved by Michelle Witte to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Ron Kath. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried. 

7.0 Workshop Items: Agenda item scheduled for the January 3, 2019 meeting

8.0 Information Items:

8.1 Secondary Standards Kelly Jansen, Director of Teaching and Learning Services
8.1 PPT
Kelly Jansen, Director of Teaching and Learning Services and Angie Lawrence, Secondary Curriculum Coordinator shared the work of the Teaching and Learning Department.

8.2 First Reading of Policies
Mike Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

507
509.1
510.2
510.4
510
511
517
531
He shared proposed changes to Policies 507, 509.1, 510, 510.2, 510.4, 511, 517, and 531. These policies will return on January 3, 2019 for approval.

*** Public Comment is accepted regarding these policies following the presentation: None.

8.3 Public Hearing for Taxes Payable in 2019
Dan Pyan, Director of Finance
8.3 PPT
He explained school district taxes and how they affect the public.

*** Following the presentation, public comment was accepted regarding School District Taxes. Gene Matter, St. Paul Park and Steve Sandall, Woodbury approached the Board with questions.

9.0 Discussion Items: None.

10.0 Action Items:

10.1 Approval of Resolution Establishing Polling Locations for School District Elections Keith Jacobus, Superintendent
It was moved by Sharon Van Leer, seconded by Pat Driscoll.to approve the resolution. Tracy Brunnette, Pat Driscoll, Heather Hirsch, Ron Kath, Sharon Van Leer and Michelle Witte voted in favor. Katie Schwartz was absent. Motion carried.

10.2 Approval of Final Tax Levy for Taxes Payable in 2019 Dan Pyan, Director of Finance
 It was moved by Sharon Van Leer, seconded by Ron Kath to approve the final tax levy payable in 2019. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried. 

10.3 Approval of Property Liability Insurance Provider Dan Pyan, Director of Finance
It was moved by Pat Driscoll, seconded by Sharon Van Leer to approve the provider through July 2019. All in favor, none opposed. Motion carried. He will return again over the summer of 2019 for review and approval.

10.4 (Added following the closed session) Approval of Wages and Benefits for Paraprofessionals, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 70, AFL-CIO
Kevin Witherspoon, Director of Human Resources

11.0 Reports and Comments:

11.1 Superintendent’s Report
Dr. Jacobus reported on recent all staff training. 

11.2 Student Board Reports:
Hannah Poor (ERHS) reported on the school play and how the Hennepin Theater trust program rated them as outstanding. Student council is doing a blood drive Friday. Fellowship of Christian athletes raised money for Children’s Hospital. ERHS adopted a family innovation support center.

Lindsey Strom (PHS) reported on their One Act Plays from Dec 8 and 9 and they performed at an elementary school. They are also hosting a blood drive run by student council on Friday. After break each grade will start have student assemblies each month. Jan 7 is the wolf pack welcome.  

12.0 Future Meeting Dates:

12.1 January 3, 2019 – School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)
12.2 January 17, 2019 – School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)
Closed Session: (Added at the beginning of the meeting) pursuant to MN Statue 13D.03 for labor negotiations

A closed session, pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03 for labor negotiations was added at the beginning of the meeting. It was moved by Sharon Van Leer, seconded by Ron Kath to move to closed session at 8:08pm. All in favor, none opposed,

The board returned from closed session at 8:24pm. It was moved by Sharon Van Leer, seconded by Pat Driscoll to re-convene the meeting. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

It was moved by Michelle Witte to amend the agenda to add 10.4 approval of wages and benefits for Paraprofessionals, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 70, AFL-CIO. Seconded by Sharon Van Leer. All in favor, none opposed, motion carried.  

13.0 Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 8:27pm.