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District 833 School Board Regular Meeting

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:20pm

January 23, 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 Schools, was held on Thursday, January 23, 2014. 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 Tracy Brunnette, Jim Gelbmann, Laurie Johnson, Ron Kath, Katy McElwee-Stevens, Katie Schwartz and Sharon Van Leer were present. 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, extended field trips, past meeting minutes; OPEIU reclassification recommendation; financial statements and cash disbursements for recent months; grant application and awards; vending machine vendor.
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 . A motion was made and seconded to approve the documents as presented. Motion was carried.
Connie Hayes, Superintendent of NE Metro 916, Dan Naidicz, Director of Special Education for NE Metro 916, and Val Rae Boe, Principal/Manger of Karner Blue Education Center, presented information as it relates to the Karner Blue Education Center. The new K-8 facility in the NW part of the district is called "Karner Blue Education Center" and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Land for the SE building is being considered now. Karner Blue will house 120-130 students with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), EBD (emotional and behavioral disorder) and DCD (developmental coordination disorder).
Emily Larsen, K-12 Math Specialist, and Tamara Moore, Associate Professor for the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, presented information on the EngrTEAMS Partnership. The University of Minnesota\'s STEM Education Center and collaborators have received an $8M, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation in increase science and math learning through engineering for students in 4th through 8th grades. The center will lead the Engineering to Transform the Education of Analysis, Measurement and Science (EngrTEAMS) project. The project will include summer professional development and curriculum writing workshops, paired with coaching during the school year, to allow each teacher to design an engineering curricular unit focused on science concepts, meaningful data analysis and measurement. For grades 4 and 5, teachers Teresa Stevens, Sean Duncanson and Andrew Hovden will offer Life Science, Pollutants in the Pond. For grade 6, teachers Katie Bartholomew and Dave Rafferty will offer Physical Science, Solar Ovens. For grade 7, teachers Andrew Craig and Brian Eberhardt will offer Life Science Ecosystems, Space Plants. For grade 8, teachers Callie Chenault and Russ Rizzo will offer Earth Science, Plate Tectonics.
Kathy Grafsgaard, Director of Nutrition Services, Melane Gustavson, Woodbury Elementary, and Laura Nygaard-Leas, Lake Middle, presented an update from their department related to their projects and initiatives. The department has a leadership group called the "Healthy Forces Team". Efforts from the team have centered on matters related to personnel, staff training and professional development. Strategies have been implemented based on the 2012-2013 Wilder Research Project that was conducted. Those include meal acceptance, time to eat, menu choices, school-made food and locally grown food. Based on that, there has been a 3.5% increase in meal participation and a 20% increase in breakfast participation. Nutrition Services staff was asked for feedback on best practices and any recommendations related to continuous improvement. Staff has given a lot of positive feedback.
Randi Anderson, Director of Teaching and Learning Services, presented a Strategic Plan update related to Strategic Objectives #1 (Learning for Lifelong Success - develop learners into critical thinkers achieving proficiency, continuous growth and lifelong success) and #5 (Leader in Technology and Innovation - District 833 will be the regional leader in technology and innovation that positively impacts student achievement, engagement, and college and career readiness). At the December 19, 2013 meeting, Randi went over ten (about ½) of the program profiles with board members. Others shared this evening included: English Language Arts; Family and Consumer Science; Music; Reading Recovery; Science; Spanish Immersion; World Language.
The meeting adjourned at 8:14pm.
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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