March 2, 2017 Minutes



06:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017

District Service Center / Cottage Grove, MN

1.0 Call to Order; Roll Call

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District 833, South Washington County, was held on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The meeting was called to order by Chair Katy McElwee-Stevens, at 6:30pm at the District Service Center, located at 7362 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove, Minnesota. School Board Members present were: Tracy Brunnette, Katy McElwee-Stevens, Katie Schwartz, Joe Slavin, Sharon Van Leer and Michelle Witte. Ron Kath was absent. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present.

2.0 Pledge of Allegiance

3.0 Approval of Agenda

It was moved by Tracy Brunnette and seconded by Katie Schwartz to approve the agenda. All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried.

4.0 District Highlights: Agenda item scheduled for the March 16, 2017 meeting

5.0 Public Comment: Agenda item scheduled for the March 16, 2017 meeting

6.0 Consent Items:

6.1 Approval of Retirements, Resignations and Terminations

6.2 Approval of Leaves of Absence

6.3 Approval of New Employees/Change of Status

6.4 Approval of Extended Field Trips

It was moved by Sharon Van Leer and seconded by Tracy Brunnette to approve the Consent Agenda items. All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried.

7.0 Workshop Items:

7.1 Strategic Plan Update on Personalization

Keith Jacobus, Superintendent

Brian Boothe, Director of Professional Development and Leah Boulos, District Literacy Specialist assisted the Superintendent. They highlighted their 3 goals over the next 6 years:

1) Learners will have a voice so they can drive the learning, have self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses and can articulate how they have grown.

2) SoWashCo will provide support and access to all stakeholders so that personalized learning is enhanced through the effective use of technology.

3) Personalized learning in SoWashCo will connect the interests, talents, passions and aspirations of each learner so that learning is fun, engaging and ongoing.

8.0 Information Items:

8.1 FY18 Achievement and Integration Budget and 2017-2020 Achievement and Integration Plan

Mike Johnson, Assistant Superintendent

Kristine Schaefer, Coordinator of Educational Equity & Integration

Kristine reviewed the budget, goals and interventions. This will return for approval at the March 16th meeting.

9.0 Discussion Items: None.

10.0 Action Items:

10.1 Resolution Approving K-5 Enrollment Parameter Adjustment (Resolution)

Keith Jacobus, Superintendent

Julie Nielsen, Assistant Superintendent

It was moved by Sharon Van Leer to approve the resolution. Seconded by Katie Schwartz. Tracy Brunnette, Katy McElwee-Stevens, Katie Schwartz, Joe Slavin, Sharon Van Leer and Michelle Witte voted in favor. Ron Kath was absent. None opposed. Motion passed.

11.0 Reports and Comments:

11.1 Superintendent's Report

Dr. Jacobus reported on graduation rates, tuition agreements and he shared a video.

11.2 School Board Member Reports (Activated at 01:44:13)

Tracy Brunnette: attended the 916 Gala, SEC Music Festival Concert and CEAC Advisory Meeting.

Katy McElwee-Stevens: attended the MSBA Officer Workshop training, SoWashCo Cares Fashion for Food event, Curriculum Advisory Committee and Armstrong Elementary PTO meeting. She reminded people of the Early Childhood Education Bunny Hop this weekend.

Katie Schwartz: commented on things she's seen on Facebook regarding I Love to Read Month at the Elementary Schools and how parents read to their child before school one morning.

Joe Slavin: spent a day at Oltman Middle School for AVID implementation.

Sharon Van Leer: attended the SEC Music Festival and 916 Gala.

Michelle Witte: attended the African American Family Night, a speech tournament and the middle school and community education advisory groups.

12.0 Future Meeting Dates:

12.1 March 16, 2017 - School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

12.2 April 6, 2017 - School Board Meeting (DSC/6:30 p.m.)

13.0 Adjournment (Activated at 01:58:52)

Sharon Van Leer motioned to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Katie Schwartz. All in favor, none opposed. The meeting adjourned at 8:28pm.