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SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS MAY 23 MINUTES

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 11:20pm

District 833
May 23, 2013 School Board Regular Meeting
Unofficial 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, May 23, 2013. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ron Kath at 7:00 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, Laurie Johnson, Ron Kath, David Kemper , and Katy McElwee-Stevens. Board member Jim Gelbmann was 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; March 2013 financial statements and cash disbursements; student teacher placement agreement with Northwestern College, population update, grant applications and awards.
Tim Bunnell, ATPPS Specialist, presented the proposed 2013-2015 ATPPS agreement with the United Teachers of South Washington County. After a great deal of discussion and negotiation, the United Teachers of South Washington County and the School Board of the South Washington County Schools, entered into an agreement to implement an Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System (ATPPS). Formerly called Q-Comp, ATPPS was implemented during the 2006-2007 school year and has continued each year as an important and valuable part of the district\'s efforts toward improved student achievement. The agreement contains all of the legally required elements of an ATPPS program and has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education. It is also contingent on continued funding of the ATPPS program by the State of Minnesota. A motion was made and seconded to approve the agreement as presented. Motion was carried.
Keith Ryskoski, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, presented a resolution to terminate long-term substitute teaching contracts. In compliance with Minnesota statutes, the district is required to terminate the teaching contracts of their long-term substitute teachers. A long-term substitute by definition is one who worked all or part of the school year replacing a specific teacher who has return rights to her or his position. The contracts of the long-term substitutes must be terminated. Failure to do so would result in the district allocating two teachers in each affected position as the regular teachers exercise their contractual right to return from leave. A motion was made and seconded to approve the resolution as presented. Motion was carried.
Kathy Grafsgaard, Director of Nutrition Services, presented the final reading of the proposed FY 2013-2014 Nutrition Services Budget. This budget was presented to the board in detail at their May 9th regular meeting. Revenue for the 2013-2014 budget is proposed at $7,785,900 while expenditures are proposed to be $8,589,134 for a deficiency of $803,234 which will come from the department\'s fund balance. The projected fund balance for June 30, 2014 is $792,507. A motion was made and seconded to approve the budget as presented. Motion was carried.
Aaron Bushberger, Director of Finance presented the final reading of the proposed 2013-2014 Community Services budget. This budget was presented to the board in detail at their May 9th regular meeting. The proposed revenue in this budget is $11,620,680 while expenditures are proposed at $12,203,954 for a deficiency of $583,274 which will come from the department\'s fund balance. The projected fund balance for June 30, 2014 is $607,891 which is 5%. Revenues for this budget are primarily generated through fees. Additional funds are generated through state aids and local levies. There will be no recommended fee increases for 2013-2014. There will be a small increase in state aids and local levies primarily due to an increase in the population. There will be a small decrease in fee revenue due to a reduced number of K-Plus sections in the preliminary budget. Inflationary increases are included in this budget for salary and benefit costs. A motion was made and seconded to approve the budget as presented. Motion was carried.
Keith Jacobus, Superintendent, presented a resolution establishing combined polling locations for the November 2013 Election. In 2012, Washington County went through a redistricting process. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of election districts, done in the United States after the completion of the decennial Census. The purpose of redistricting is to ensure that the people of each district are equally represented. In addition to changes in a voter\'s precinct since the last election resulting from redistricting. The school district has experienced some growth which has caused some of our polling locations to grow larger than what the facility can handle. For those reasons, redistricting and growth, administration is recommending changes to our current combined polling locations to better accommodate our voters. The following polling places and combined polling places are hereby established to serve the precincts specified for all school district special and general elections not held on the same day as a statewide election:
POLLING PLACE:St. Paul Park Council Chambers
600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park, MN 55071
This polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of St. Paul Park, Precinct 1; Washington County, Minnesota.
POLLING PLACE:St. Paul Park City Office600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park, MN 55071
This polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of St. Paul Park, Precinct 2; Washington County, Minnesota.
POLLING PLACE:Heritage Park Building
1345 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul Park, MN 55071
This polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of St. Paul Park, Precinct 3; Washington County, Minnesota.
POLLING PLACE:St. Paul Park City Office
600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park, MN 55071
This polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of St. Paul Park, Precinct 4; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:Woodbury Middle School
1425 School Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Woodbury, Precincts 1, 2 and 3; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:Woodbury Senior High School
2665 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Woodbury, Precincts 4, 5 and 6; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:Lake Middle School
3133 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Woodbury, Precincts 7, 8, 10 and 11; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:Liberty Ridge Elementary School
11395 Eagle View Boulevard, Woodbury, MN 55129
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Woodbury, Precinct 12 and 13A; and the City of Afton, Ward 2, Precinct 1; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:East Ridge High School
4200 Pioneer Drive; Woodbury, MN 55129
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Woodbury, Precincts 14, 15 and 16; Washington County, Minnesota.
POLLING PLACE:Newport Elementary School
851 6th Avenue; Newport, MN 55055
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Newport, Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:Pine Hill Elementary School
9015 Hadley Avenue South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Cottage Grove, Precincts 6 and 11, and Grey Cloud Island Township; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:Cottage Grove Elementary School
7447 65th Street S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Cottage Grove, Precincts 1 and 3; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:School District Service Center
7362 East Point Douglas Road S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Cottage Grove, Precincts 7, 8 and 9; and Denmark Township; Washington County, Minnesota.
COMBINED POLLING PLACE:Cottage Grove Middle School
9775 Indian Blvd. South, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 833 located in the City of Cottage Grove, Precincts 2, 4, 5 and 10; Washington County, Minnesota.
Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.09, the polling places will remain open for voting for school district elections not held on the same day as a statewide election between the hours of 7:00 o\'clock a.m. and 8:00 o\'clock p.m.
Once the School Board has approved this resolution, the school district, per legal requirements, will file a certified copy of this resolution with the county auditors within 30 days after its adoption. Also, as required by Minnesota Statutes, the school district will give written notice of the new polling place locations to all registered voters in the school district whose school district polling place locations have been changed. The notice must be a mailed at least twenty-five (25) days before the date of the election. Administration recommended approval of the resolution. A motion was made and seconded to approve the resolution as presented. Motion was carried.
Keith Jacobus, Superintendent, presented a resolution relating to conducting a referendum revenue authorization election in 2013. At the February 7th Board meeting, it was discussed that we would pursue a renewal of our levy question that expires at the end of the 2013/2014 school year. There are discussions in the legislature to provide property tax relief for Minnesota homeowners. Should some of these provisions be enacted it is important that we pass a resolution expressing our intent to hold a referendum authorization in November of 2013 prior to June 1, 2013. The intent of the resolution would be to ensure that school districts are given the ability to ask taxpayers to renew or increase revenues.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD of Independent School District No. 833, State of Minnesota, as follows:
1. The Board hereby declares its intent to hold a Referendum Revenue Authorization election in 2013 pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section126C.17.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the resolution as presented. Motion was carried.
Information was presented on college/career readiness and Ramp Up to Readiness. This year, all four middle schools and East Ridge High School implemented the Common Core College, Career Readiness benchmarks. Ramp-Up to Readiness is the University of Minnesota\'s strategy to college readiness for all. It is a systematic guidance, monitoring and intervention program that helps middle and high school students master the knowledge, skills and habits for success in higher education. Students focus and build upon a skill set in preparing for post secondary options. These skill sets include: Academic Readiness, Admissions Readiness, Career Readiness, Personal and Social Readiness and Financial Readiness. The presenters provided examples of what the students have learned this past year as they implemented the Common Core College, Career Readiness benchmarks.
Keith Jacobus, Superintendent, presented an update on the status of the Crosswinds School Legislation as well as information related to the district\'s Committee recommendations. The current legislative session concluded with no decision regarding governance of the school. In fact, the bills to convey, lease and fund both Harambee (located within the Roseville School District) and Crosswinds failed to receive legislative approval. Superintendents of EMID, as well as the EMID Board (comprised of a board member from each member district) will be meeting to carry on conversations about the future of both schools.
For months, the issue of governance has been considered at the legislative level due to the state of Minnesota owning the buildings. District administration was in continuous conversations with local legislators, administrators from EMID and the Perpich Center for the Arts to find a compromise solution that would meet the needs and interests of District 833, the students currently attending the school, and the goals set forth by the integration statutes. In the end, there was not a workable solution that would benefit the school district and continue to maintain the current program at Crosswinds. A variety of compromises were proposed in recent weeks, including District 833 running the program for another year or two to allow existing students to complete their time at Crosswinds, but not beyond that timeframe. No compromise was agreeable to all parties involved. As part of EMID, District 833 will continue to be part of the planning and implementation of integration programming that has been funded through the recent passage of legislation.
The meeting adjourned at 9:20pm.
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.sowash co.k12.mn.us .
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