March 26, 2020 Minutes

Thursday, March 26, 2020 / 6:30pm
Virtual Meeting due to COVID-19

The purpose of this meeting is to consider the following:

1.0 Call to Order; Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a meeting of the School Board of Independent School District 833, South Washington County, was held on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The meeting was called to order by Chair Tracy Brunnette, at 6:30pm. This meeting was held virtually due to the current health pandemic of COVID-19 and pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.021. School Board Members present were: Tracy Brunnette, Melinda Dols, Pat Driscoll, Louise Hinz, Simi Patnaik, Katie Schwartz and Sharon Van Leer. Student Board Representative, Maya Mehra (WHS), Hannah Poor (ERHS) and Emily Thompson (PHS) were present. Superintendent Keith Jacobus was present.

2.0 Pledge of Allegiance

3.0 Approval of Agenda: It was moved by Sharon Van Leer, seconded by Louise Hinz to approve the agenda. A roll call vote was taken, all in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

4.0 District Highlights: To be presented at a future meeting.

5.0 Public Comment: None submitted via online or to

6.0 Consent Items: It was moved by Katie Schwartz, seconded by Sharon Van Leer to approve the consent agenda items. A roll call vote was taken, all in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

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 Radon Testing Results
6.5 Approval of Electronic Fund Transfers
6.6 Approval of Resolution to Accept Gifts
6.7 Approval of February 20, 2020 School Board Meeting Minutes
6.8 Approval of March 5, 2020 School Board Meeting Minutes
6.9 Approval of Student Teaching Agreement with Bemidji State University
6.10 Approval of 2021-22 Board Meeting Dates
6.11 Approval of Cash Disbursements for December
6.12 Approval of Cash Disbursements for January
6.13 Approval of Bid for RRES Pavement Rehabilitation
6.14 Approval of Contract with Educators Benefit Consultants

7.0 Workshop Items: Agenda item scheduled for the April 9, 2020 meeting

8.0 Information Items:

8.1 Pre Sale Report for Long Term Facilities Maintenance Bonds
Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations and Jodie Zespaugh, Senior Municipal Advisor with Ehlers shared the details and timeline.

9.0 Discussion Items: None.

10.0 Action Items: None.

11.0 Reports and Comments:

11.1 Superintendent’s Report: Dr. Jacobus reported on COVID-19 planning.
11.2 Student School Board Representatives Report: Maya Mehyra (WHS), Hannah Poor (ERHS) and Emily Thompson (PHS) reported on the positive experiences they’ve had with teachers and school counselors reaching out to them during the time they’ve been out of school. All are looking forward to online learning starting next week.

12.0 Future Meeting Dates:

12.1 April 9, 2020 – School Board Meeting (Virtual Meeting/6:30 p.m.)
12.2 April 23, 2020 – School Board Meeting (Virtual Meeting/6:30 p.m.)

13.0 Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:18pm.