School Board Regular Meeting
Unofficial Clerk's Summary
20 November 2012
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 Tuesday, November 20, 2012. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Leslee Boyd at 7:04 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, Leslee Boyd, Tracy Brunnette, Jim Gelbmann, Laurie Johnson, Ron Kath and David Kemper. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present.
Motions were made and seconded to approve the consent and main agenda items. Consent agenda items included resignations and terminations, leaves of absence, new employees/change of status, electronic fund transfers, gifts, field trips, School Board meeting minutes, grant awards, and change orders.
District staff presented a Pre-K Update. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the district has expanded their programming for pre-K students. This expansion was a result of data reflecting a yearly increase in the number of district students identified as not being ready for Kindergarten. Research shows that participation in preschool programs was found to have relatively large and enduring effects on school achievement and child well-being. Evaluations of pre-K programs show positive and educationally meaningful effects on school readiness skills for both at-risk and not-at-risk students. A focus has been made to increase Kindergarten readiness in the district. In the 2009-2010 school year, 365 students participated at 3 sites. During the 2012-2013 school year, the district now has 535 students participating at 16 sites. Standards based learning was increased and targeted interventions has been provided for students. As a result, students come to Kindergarten ready - they know the routines of school and they are able to begin the curriculum immediately. Next steps include increasing attendance for the 2013-2014 school year, continuing to survey parents and continuing to look at new scheduling opportunities.
District staff presented information on the Region 11 Math and Science Teacher Partnership. The Region 11 Math and Science Teacher Partnership (MSTP) has provided comprehensive professional development for K-12 teachers through support of the MN Legislature and National Governor's Association funding during the first year and MDE Title II Federal funding for all other years. School districts in the seven-county Minneapolis Saint Paul metro area are eligible to participate in Region 11 training. District 833 has had teachers involved in the Region 11 Math and Science Teacher Partnership since its inception in 2008. In that time, South Washington County has had teachers spanning grades 3 through high school participate in either mathematics, science or both. In total we have had over 200 teachers participate in the training. The goal of the Math and Science Teacher Partnership is to increase content knowledge and build the instructional capacity of teachers in order to raise student achievement in mathematics and science. Through modeling and reflection, teachers are supported in implementing new teaching strategies. Teachers engage in 5 days of content training over the course of the school year and weekly discussions with teams of teachers in their buildings in a Professional Learning Community structure.
Dave Bernhardson, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, and Keith Ryskoski, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, presented updated intra-district transfer parameters for 2013-2014. This information was presented in detail at the November 8, 2012 regular School Board meeting. Intra-district transfers, Board Policy 509.1, provide the opportunity for District 833 families to request to have their students attend a school other than the one assigned by attendance boundaries. If approved, transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. It was moved and seconded by to approve the parameters as presented. Motion was carried.
Dave Bernhardson, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, and Keith Ryskoski, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, presented updated open enrollment parameters for 2013-2014. This information was presented in detail at the November 8, 2012 regular School Board meeting. Open Enrollment, Board Policy 509, provides the opportunity for non-resident families to attend a District 833 school. The open enrollment statute allows the board to pass a resolution to limit the open enrollment of non-resident students to a number not less than 1% of the total enrollment at each grade level in the district. A motion was made and seconded by to approve the parameters as presented. Motion was carried.
Superintendent Keith Jacobus presented a final reading of Policy 203-Operations of the School Board-Governing Rules. This information was presented in detail at the November 8, 2012 regular School Board meeting. Keith recommended changes to policy 203 based on conversations with board members and the district's legal consultant. The changes will fully identify the types of meetings of the School Board and will align with legal requirements. In the past, there has been some confusion with blending regular meetings and special meetings. This will help solve that problem. Administration recommended approval of the revised policy. A motion was made and seconded to approve the revised policy as presented. Motion was carried.
Superintendent Keith Jacobus presented the final recommendation to remove Policy 203.2 - Order of the Regular School Board Meeting, from the district policies. This information was presented in detail at the November 8, 2012 regular School Board meeting. The new revised policy 203 that was approved earlier will allow the board to amend the agenda for any regular meeting as it deems appropriate. A motion was made and seconded to approve the recommendation as presented. Motion was carried.
At the November 8, 2012 board meeting, Superintendent Jacobus presented information on a request for a proposal from the EMID (East Metro Integration District, a consortium of ten school districts) administration. Board member Gelbmann is the district's representative on the EMID School Board. At the October 17 EMID meeting, the EMID School Board passed a motion authorizing their administration to discuss educational options with their member districts. At the core of the issue is the sustainability of their two schools (Harambee, a K-5 school and Crosswinds, a 6-10 school) given their current financial situation. The EMID administration has asked their member districts to submit proposals to the EMID School Board related to an interest in assuming the governance responsibilities of these two schools. Member districts are asked to submit their interest by the November 28th EMID board meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the recommendation as presented. Motion was carried.
The meeting adjourned at 9:04pm.
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 .