February 21, 2017

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District 270 was conducted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in the Boardroom of the Eisenhower Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m.

School Board members present: Chair Wendy Donovan, Vice Chair Warren Goodroad, Treasurer Steve Adams, Directors Betsy Anderson, Doobie Kurus, Dave Larson, and Kris Newcomer.

School Board members absent: None

Student Board reps present: None

Student Board reps absent: Anna Anderson (grade 10), Ian Baxter (grade 11), and London Lowmanstone (grade 12)

Staff members present: Superintendent John Schultz and Director of Business Services/Board Clerk John Toop

Staff members absent: None

There were no requests to address the Board during the Open Agenda portion of the meeting.

Superintendent Schultz recognized Board members, noting that it is School Board Recognition week in Minnesota. He thanked the Board for their collective leadership and commitment to students. He also shared two videos; one focused on the Districts preschool programs, and the other on Gatewood Elementary School. Schultz then summarized his recent work-related activities.

Adams moved, Larson seconded, to approve the agenda as presented. Carried.

Larson moved, Newcomer seconded, to approve the minutes for the Regular Meeting and Executive Session, conducted on February 7, 2017, as amended. Carried.

Newcomer moved, Larson seconded, to approve the Consent Calendar as presented, with the correction to the minutes as noted: a) Approval of Minutes Regular Meeting and Executive Session, both conducted on January 24, 2017; b) Appointments Temporary; c) Appointments Classified; d) Requests for Leave of Absence; e) Resignations; f) Termination; g) Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Staffing Recommendations; h) Seniority List Hopkins Education Association (HEA); i) Seniority List Kids & Company/Stepping Stones; j) Seniority List Clerical; k) Seniority List Paraprofessionals; l) Mid-Year Budget Adjustments, Including Community Education; m) International Field Trip AP World History, China (Beijing, Xian & Shanghai), April 8-16, 2017; n) Reimbursement Resolution (related to the LTFM Bonds); o) Contract Extension MTI (student transportation); Carried.

Adams moved, Anderson seconded, to approve disbursements in the amount $2,332,557.34 for the period of January 31, 2017 through February 13, 2017. Carried.

Katie Williams, Director of Community Education, along with Community Ed Coordinators, highlighted various components of Community Education, along with their accomplishments throughout the 2015-16 school year. Williams also shared their proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year, including revenue detail and areas of increased costs, savings, and reductions.

Karen Terhaar, Director of Teaching, Learning & Assessment, provided a brief overview of the various programs/services, and positions that are covered by their budget, as well as funding sources, and budget considerations.

Ivar Nelson, Director of Technology, Media & Information Systems, along with John Wetter, Technical Services Manager, presented information about the network history, the need for a new network, and the bids received from four vendors. The project is funded through the Capital Projects Levy; it will begin spring of 2018 and be completed in September 2018. Goodroad moved, Anderson seconded, to accept the proposal submitted by Matrix Communications. Carried.

Newcomer left at 8:37 p.m.

Nelson explained that TIES (Technology and Information Educational Services) is a Minnesota-based educational technology solutions collaborative owned by 48 member districts; Hopkins has been an owner district since TIES was formed in 1967. Nelson provided information about the new ownership program being proposed, the fee schedule for 2017-18, and how those changes impact the District.

Board members reported on recent educational activities/events in which they have participated.

Anderson moved, Adams seconded, to accept the English Learner (EL) Staffing and Budget, 2017-18 report. Carried.

Goodroad moved, Larson seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 9:18 p.m. Carried.

John Toop, Clerk

As per M.S. 123B.09 Subd. 10, section 331A.01, subdivision 10, this is only a summary. For a complete copy of the meeting minutes, visit or request a copy by emailing [email protected]

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