SOUTH WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS MEETING MINUTESDistrict 833 School Board Regular Meeting
District 833 School Board Regular Meeting
Summary for January 24, 2013
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 24, 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, Ron Kath, David Kemper and Katy McElwee-Stevens. Board members Jim Gelbmann and Laurie Johnson were 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, financial statements/cash disbursements, reclassification recommendation within the OPEIU bargaining unit, grant applications, grant awards, bid award, change orders, MSHSL Foundation grant requests, pay equity implementation report.
Denise Griffith, Director of Human Resources, and Jodi Witte, District Wellness Coordinator, presented an update on employee wellness and employee wellness initiatives. An overview of the employee wellness data for 2012 was provided. 83.3% of the district employees completed the annual online assessment survey. 60% reported being overweight or obese compared to the national average of 64%. Approximately 28% fell below the "health people objectives" for physical activity compared to the national average of 51%. 31% are considered high risk or already diagnosed with diabetes and/or heart disease; 43% reported emotional health concerns and 40% reported back pain issues. The District Wellness Team is comprised of staff from throughout the district. Their goals include increasing participation by 10%, decrease overweight/obesity by 5%, increase healthy eating by 10% and increase the number of "wellness champions". The team hopes to connect more employees to relevant resources, information, support and tools and promote ways to integrate wellness practices into the workplace.
Kathy Grafsgaard, Director of Nutrition Services, Joan Larsen, Kitchen Manager at Woodbury Middle School and Kerri Hanson, Kitchen Manager at Middleton Elementary, presented an update from the district's Nutrition Services Department. The department serves approximately 1,148 breakfasts per day and 9,660 lunches per day. 12% of students enrolled are eligible for free meals. 4% of students enrolled are eligible for reduced cost meals. The department has been implementing new regulations from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This legislation authorizes funding and sets policy for USDA's core child nutrition programs: the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Kathy went over the changes being made in the district. Meal changes include additional fruits and vegetables in planned menus, all whole grains by 2014-2015, and lower sodium foods. The impact for these changes is increased food cost, increased need for staff training, and increased need for clear communications with students, parents and other stakeholders about meal changes. The department is working on a "Farm to School Program" which includes continuing to build purchasing relationships with local farmers as well as the Hmong American Farmer's Association.
Aaron Bushberger, Director of Finance, presented the final readings of the FY 2013-2014 Alternative Facilities, Health and Safety, Debt Service Fund and Trust Fund Budgets. Alternative Facilities budget: Alternative Facilities Program projects are financed through
a combination of a dedicated property tax levy and alternative facilities bonds. The projected revenue for 2013-2014 is $27,408,625 and the expenditures are projected at $2,058,625. The projected fund balance for June 30, 2014 is $25,453,905. Health and Safety budget: In accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Health and Safety program activities are recorded as a reserve account within the general fund. Health and Safety projects are financed from dedicated property tax levies. The projected revenue for 2013-2014 is $730,309 and the expenditures are projected at $738,645. The projected fund balance for June 30, 2014 is $51,476. Debt Service Fund budget: Projected revenue for this budget consists of local taxes based on property tax levy amounts certified in the 2012 Payable 2013 Levy by the School Board at the December 20, 2012 meeting. The projected revenue for 2013-2014 is $26,006,034 and the expenditures are projected at $25,730,561. The projected fund balance for June 30, 2014 is $5,720,270. Trust Fund budget: The Trust Fund is used to record activity related to gifts made to the district for the benefit of someone other than the district. The projected revenue for 2013-2014 is $37,600 and the expenditures are projected at $37,600. The projected fund balance for June 30, 2014 is $64,731. A motion was made and seconded to approve the budgets as presented. Motion was carried.
The meeting adjourned at 8:32pm.
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 .