2/20/20 Business Meeting
The following is an informal summary of the meeting.
At the start of the meeting, the school board recognized the Stillwater Middle School’s Lego League team, made up of fifth graders from the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education program). The team was selected to advance to the state tournament after strong finishes at both the regional and sectional contests.
Report for Information: Long Range Planning Recommendations
Several members of the Community Design Team (CDT) presented the group’s long-range planning recommendations to the school board. The CDT, made up of about 65 participants from across the community, was charged with studying the district's long-range facilities needs. The team developed its recommendation to address growth in the district and ensure all students have access to equitable, 21st-century learning spaces. Among the top priorities presented were replacing Lake Elmo Elementary with a new building, constructing another new elementary school in the southern portion of the district, adding on to Brookview Elementary School, making Oak Park a multi-purpose center for the Transitions program, St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center and Central Services staff, and renovating spaces at schools across the district. The board is expected to consider the recommendations as it works to develop a possible bond request for voters. See the full report online.
Report for Information: Policy First Readings
The school board reviewed several policies as part of a first reading, including Policy 101 – Legal Status of School District; Policy 101.1 – Name of the School District; Policy 102 – Equal Educational Opportunity; Policy 103 – Complaints-Students, Employees, Parents, Other People; and Policy 104 – School District Mission Statement. The policies will be brought back for a second reading at a future meeting.
Action Item: 2021—2024 Achievement and Integration Plan
School board members approved the three-year achievement and integration plan, which will be in effect July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023. The district receives funding from the state of Minnesota to support voluntary integration and provide opportunities for professional learning, family and community engagement, college and career readiness and student programming. A requirement of the funding is that the district submit the plan to the Minnesota Department of Education for their review and approval processes by March 15, 2020.
Action Item: Demographic Study Quotes
The school board approved a proposal from Hazel Reinhardt Consulting Service to conduct a new demographic study to help in future decisions related to attendance boundaries and facilities planning. The study will provide the district with a detailed enrollment projections by grade by year for the next ten years excluding Early Childhood. The study will also provide enrollment projections for five years into the future using the housing unit method excluding Early Childhood. The cost of the study is $19,250.
Additional Meeting Notes
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