January 9, 2014 Unofficial Clerk\'s Minutes Summary
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, January 9, 2014. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ron Kath at 6:15 p.m. at the District Service Center, located at 7362 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove, MN. School Board members present were Tracy Brunnette, Jim Gelbmann, Laurie Johnson, Ron Kath, Katy McElwee-Stevens, Katie Schwartz and Sharon Van Leer. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present.
Board Chair Ron Kath administered the Oath of Office for the newly elected board members - Tracy Brunnette, Katy McElwee-Stevens, Katie Schwartz and Sharon Van Leer.
A motion was made for a slate of candidates for the 2014 positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Clerk and Treasurer of the School Board - Ron Kath for Chairperson; Tracy Brunnette for Vice-Chair; Katy McElwee-Stevens for Clerk; and Laurie Johnson for Treasurer. There were no other nominations for the officer positions. Motion was carried.
Motions were made and seconded to approve the agendas. The consent agenda contained organizational items for 2014, retirements, resignation and terminations; leaves of absence; new employees/change of status, and extended field trips.
Chairman Kath and Superintendent Jacobus welcomed local Legislators Senator Katie Sieben, Senator Susan Kent, and Representative JoAnn Ward to the meeting. Representative Denny McNamara, Representative Dan Schoen and Representative Andrea Kieffer were absent. The board thanked the Legislators for the efforts accomplished in the last legislative session to support public education, and more specifically South Washington County Schools. Our district has a plan in place that supports personalized learning for all students, while working to close the achievement gaps that exist. Flexibility in state statutes and mandates allow the district to be more flexible in their approach and moving forward to accomplish goals. The following points were discussed - achievement gap, college and career readiness testing, flexible school calendars, MDE\'s Facilities Work Group recommendations, expansion of health and safety requirements, working with future developers, support of multiple platforms for online assessments, bullying issues, and data requests in general.
Aaron Bushberger, Director of Finance, presented information related to the 2014-2015 Service Level Matrix and a preliminary budget projection model. Adjustments need to be made to the Service Level Matrix based on the referendum results and updated financial information. Service level options will be presented to district/community stakeholders in February. The School Board will review this information in March and approve a single option.
Mike Vogel, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations, presented preliminary information related to developing a Guiding Change Document to address the Long Range Facility Planning Process. Mike went through each of the elements as it relates to the Long Range Facility Planning Process - The Why; The What; The Not How; and the Acceptable Means. The full text is available for public inspection at www.sowashco.k12.mn.us .
The meeting adjourned at 8:22pm.
This information is only a summary. The full text is available for public inspection at the administrative offices of the school district or at www.sowashco.k12.mn.us .