School District 834
Independent School District No. 834
Stillwater Area Public Schools
School Board Business Meeting Minutes December 5, 2013
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
II. Roll Call
Board Members Present: Kathy Buchholz, Board Chair; Tom Lehmann, Vice Chair; George Hoeppner, Clerk; Natalie Fedie, Treasurer; Amy Burback, Director, Natasha Fleischman, Director; Mike Ptacek, Director; Superintendent Dr. Corey Lunn, Student Board Members Nick Alm and Paige Hietpas
III. Pledge of Allegiance
Student Board member Nick Alm led the Pledge of Allegiance.
IV. District Mission
Board member Fedie read the district mission statement.
V. Approval of the Agenda
Motion by, Mike Ptacek; Second by, Natalie Fedie; Vote: 7 Ayes, 0 Nays; Motion Carried.
VI. Introductory Items
A. Student Report
the students provided an update on the various sporting teams and contests
SAHS hosted a Human Rights Day
A blood drive is scheduled for December 17
NHS is hosting a coffee house on December 20
Debate team event is this weekend
SAHS Snow Ball Dance is at Withrow Ballroom
Winter Concerts are scheduled check the website for more information
B. Superintendent Report
Dr. Laager introduced Ms. Van Klei who informed the board about the Physical Education Program Grant that was received.
Congratulations to Darrell Salmi and Amber Mueller who are recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers
VII. Open Forum
VIII. Consent Items
A. Minutes of November 14, 2013 Board Meeting
B. Bills Payable November 8-26, 2013
C. Human Resources Personnel Report
Motion by, Tom Lehmann; Second by, Amy Burback; Vote: 7 Ayes, 0 Nays; Motion Carried.
Dr. Laager introduced Eric Anderson and the AVID teachers who provided information on the expansion of the program in year two and for year three.
X. Action Items
A. Certify the 2013 Property Tax Levy Payable 2014
The Board of Education adopted a preliminary property tax levy on September 26, 2013. At the Board business meeting held on December 5, 2013, Kristen Hoheisel, Director of Finance, will provide information on the Truth in Taxation Requirements including the current budget and the proposed Tax Levy for Taxes Payable 2014.
The Board of Education is required to adopt the final levy for Taxes Payable 2014 and certify to the county auditor on or before December 28, 2013. Administration recommends that the Board of Education certify the 2013 Payable 2014 Tax Levy as follows:
General Fund $ 24,728,137.10
Community Service Fund $ 899,771.36
Debt Service Fund $ 8,278,221.14
OPEB Debt Service Fund $ 1,426,813.63
Total Levy $ 35,332,943.23
Mr. David Pergande of 16606 Upper 12th Street S, Lake St. Croix Beach addressed the board.
Board chair Buchholz closed the hearing.
Motion by, Tom Lehmann; Second by, Natalie Fedie; Vote: 7 Ayes, 0 Nays; Motion Carried.
B. Letter of Consultation
Mr. Dennis Bloom provided information and requested approval for a Letter of Consultation proposal to be sent to the Minnesota Department of Education for Capital Facility Projects FY 2014 and FY 2015. A school district must send a proposal to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for any projects in excess of $500,000 and less than $1,400,000 per school site. Oak Park Elementary has project costs of $1,121,400 and Andersen Elementary has project costs of $792,000. No sites anticipate a project cost of more than $1,400,000, which would require a Review and Comment Letter. This Letter of Consultation submission includes all security projects for FY 2014-2015 and will establish a complete review of all sites.
Motion by, Mike Ptacek; Second by, Amy Burback; Vote: 7 Ayes, 0 Nays; Motion Carried.
XI. School Board Updates
A. Chairperson Report
1. Board Learning Session Update
B. Board Member Reports
1. Board member Hoeppner shared EMID information and reviewed the TAB Committee agenda items.
2. Board member Ptacek shared the Talking Points from the NE Metro 916 meeting, attended the November 22 SEE meeting and attended the Marine School Association meeting.
3. Board member Fleischman attend the staff meeting at Rutherford Elementary
4. Board member Fedie announced that over 5,000 people were at MOA this evening singing Clouds by Zach Sobiech
5. Board member Lehmann provided an update on the Finance and Operations working group and the Personnel working group meetings.
The meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.
Motion by, Natalie Fedie; Seconded by, Natasha Fleischman; Vote: 7 Ayes, 0 Nays, Motion Carried.
Closed session began at 8:50 p.m. (Natasha Fleischman did not attend)
Motion to open the meeting at 10:07 p.m.
Motion by, Tom Lehmann; Seconded by, Amy Burback. Vote: 6 Ayes, 0 Nays, Motion Carried.
Motion to adjourn from closed session at 10:09 pm.
Motion by, Natalie Fedie; Seconded by, Amy Burback. Vote: 6 Ayes, 0 Nays, Motion Carried.
Respectfully Submitted, George R. Hoeppner, School Board Clerk
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School District 834