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SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY SEPTEMBER MEETING MINUTES

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 12:00am

District 833 School Board Regular Meeting

Unofficial Clerk's Summary for September 27, 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 Thursday, September 27, 2012. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Leslee Boyd at 7:02 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, Jim Gelbmann, Laurie Johnson, Ron Kath and David Kemper. Board member Tracy Brunnette was absent. 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, contract with Goodwill Easter Seals, worker's compensation insurance renewal, contract with YMCA Woodbury, contract with River Valley Home Care Nursing, contact with Accurate Home Care LLC Nursing, student teacher placement agreement with Southwest MN State University and the College of St. Scholastica and the U of MN Program in Occupational Therapy, grant applications and awards, and change orders.

Aaron Bushberger, Director of Finance, presented information on the proposed levy for taxes payable in 2013. According to "Truth in Taxation" statutes, school districts must certify to the County Auditor the proposed levy for taxes payable in 2013 by September 30, 2012. School districts certifying their proposed levy may either certify a specific dollar amount or an amount equal to the maximum levy limitation certified by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Washington County will be instructed to use the levy limitation certified to them by MDE and this amount is used in calculating the proposed property taxes that will appear on the property tax mailings from the county. The district's proposed 2013 levy is a specific dollar amount at $54,060,360.38 which is a 1.19% increase over last year. The school district will not levy for the ATPPS program this year even though they have the authority to do so. A discussion on the taxes payable in 2013 will be held during a regular School Board meeting on December 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm (public comment will be allowed). Final levy certification will take place at the December 20, 2012 regular School Board meeting at 7:00 pm. The final certified levy is due to Washington County by December 28, 2012. A motion was made and seconded to approve the proposed levy as recommended. Motion was carried.

Barb Brown, Director of Communications, Randi Anderson, Director of Teaching and Learning Services, and Tom LaBounty, Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment, presented the proposed 2011-2012 annual report on curriculum, instruction and student achievement. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) requirement is to have School Board approval by October 1 of each year. The document is then shared across the community by October 15 of each year. The drafted report meets requirements and obligations as set by MDE. The successful 2011-2012 school year is highlighted through the information including an update on student achievement, progress with district curriculum practices, the district's Strategic Plan and the financial status of the district. Overall, the document is reflective of the many efforts by all staff in the district to work toward the optimal level of learning and quality of building environments for which we strive. The report was compiled by the Communications Department with information coming from the various district and department leaders. The report will be shared through electronic communications, with limited print copies being disseminated to each district site. Notification of availability will be made through the November issue of the "Window on Education," INFO TO GO, and our local newspapers. A motion was made and seconded to approve the annual report as presented. Motion was carried.

Denise Griffith, Director of Human Resources, presented a tentative agreement between South Washington County Schools and the Paraprofessionals, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 70. The two-year agreement is to be effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014. The economic costing of the agreement includes a wage increase from $12.17 per hour to $12.25 per hour for year 1 and an increase to $12.33 per hour for year 2, for all Paraprofessionals. In addition, there is an hourly wage increase to the Highly Qualified premium that is paid to Highly Qualified Program Paraprofessionals from $.25 per hour to $.50 per hour, starting year 1. Longevity pay remains the same in both years and there is no increase in health insurance or TSA contributions. Administration recommended approval of the tentative agreement. A motion was made and seconded to approve the recommendation as presented. Motion was carried.

Denise Griffith, Director of Human Resources, presented a tentative agreement between South Washington County Schools and the Nutrition Services Employees, Local 17. The two-year agreement is to be effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014. The economic costing of the agreement includes a 1% hourly wage increase in year 1, with all steps frozen, and a 0% wage increase in year 2, with step advancement in all steps except Step 1 Nutrition Service Workers. For year 2, there is a $.40 per hour longevity increase for all employees who have been at step 9 for 2 or more years. There is no increase in health insurance or TSA contributions. Administration recommended approval of the tentative agreement. A motion was made and seconded to approve the recommendation as presented. Motion was carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:37pm.

10/24/2012