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District 833 School Board briefs Feb. 15

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South Washington County School Board

Romano honored

District 833 Assistant Supt. Mike Johnson presented the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year award to Newport Elementary School Principal Rich Romano.

"All of us know that anytime a school leader is recognized, it really is the hard work that goes in every day from our teachers and paraprofessionals," Romano said. "Our support staff, our engineers, everybody who make Newport a great place ... it's a dedicated staff and I'm honored just to work with them helping some of our most at-risk students."

Equity and Integration budget approved

The board unanimously approved the equity and integration budget for the 2018 fiscal year with a $79,897 increase from the previously proposed budget of $2,751,542. The expenditure breakdown of the revised budget remained relatively unchanged with 80.26 percent going to direct student services, 10.36 percent to professional development and 9.39 percent to administration.

Service animals get the green light

A formal policy on service animals on school grounds was approved unanimously. The policy establishes procedures that prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities who need the assistance of service animals (animals trained to perform "work or tasks" for the benefit of an individual with a disability) in South Washington County Schools.

Meeting watch

The Feb. 15 meeting meeting lasted 1 hour, 33 minutes. School board members Pat Driscoll, Katie Schwartz and Michelle Witte were absent. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 1 at the District Service Center in Cottage Grove.

— compiled by Joe Brown, regional editor