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District 833 School Board Regular Meeting for December 19, 2013

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 11:20pm

Official Clerk\'s Summary
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District 833, South Washington County Schools, was held on Thursday, December 19, 2013. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ron Kath at 6:30 p.m. at the District Service Center, located at 7362 East Point Douglas Road South in Cottage Grove, MN. School Board members present were Marsha Adou, Tracy Brunnette, David Kemper, Ron Kath and Katy McElwee-Stevens were present. Board members Jim Gelbmann and Laurie Johnson were absent. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present.
Motions were made and seconded to approve the agendas. The consent agenda contained retirements, resignation and terminations; leaves of absence; new employees/change of status, electronic fund transfers, gifts, extended field trips, recent meeting minutes; acceptance of grant applications and approval of grant awards.
Aaron Nielsen, principal from Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich & Company (MMKR), independent auditors for ISD #833, to present information relating to their annual audit of the district\'s financial statements for fiscal year 2012-2013. The district again received an unmodified (or "clean") opinion. The auditor, Aaron Nielsen, reviewed the financial statements, processes and practices of the district. The audit ensures quality fiscal management by the district. The reports can be found on the district\'s web site at: http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/finance/documents.asp. The district will again apply for the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting given by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for the eighth time with the 2012-2013 audit. A motion was made and seconded to approve the audit reports as presented. Motion was carried.
Keith Jacobus, Superintendent, presented information on the tax levy for taxes payable in 2014. This information was presented in detail at the December 5, 2013 School Board meeting. As required by law, the School Board certified its proposed property tax levy for taxes payable in 2013 to the County Auditor by September 30, 2013. Washington County used the district\'s proposed levy amount to prepare notices of proposed taxes that were mailed to each taxpayer in November. The public hearing (Truth in Taxation hearing) on the school district\'s proposed property tax levy was held on December 5, 2013. This hearing included information on the district\'s budget, proposed levy and also allowed for the opportunity for public input and comment. The school district is now required to adopt its final levy by December 30, 2013. The total taxes to be levied in 2013, to be collected in 2014, is set at $54,060,360.38. A motion was made and seconded to approve a resolution related to the final levy for taxes payable in 2014. Motion was carried.
The meeting adjourned at 8:34pm.
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 .
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