2/11/21 Business Meeting
The following is an unofficial summary of the meeting.
Prior to the meeting the school board met in closed session regarding negotiations.
The board recognized Sara Abraha, a high school senior, who was recently selected by Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to serve as one of 32 young female leaders from all over the state of Minnesota on the Young Women’s Cabinet. The Young Women’s Cabinet is a first of its kind partnership, bringing together nonprofits, businesses, state government, philanthropies, and students to achieve equity in opportunities for young women of color, Indigenous young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+youth and young women with disabilities.
Report for Information: On the Dial Learning Update
Superintendent Lansfeldt shared an update on the district’s efforts to slowly bring students back to school. As of Wednesday, all of our prek-5 grade students are back in school for in-person learning with the exception of Stonebridge Elementary. Superintendent Lansfeldt shared information about Stonebridge’s emergency transition into distance learning, and also shared some of the challenges the district is facing as it returns students to school. On Feb. 16 more than 260 middle and high school students will return to school for in-person intervention. On March 1 students in grade 6, as well as 4-5 GATE students would return. All 7-8 graders would come back on March 15 and 9-12 students would return April 5, which is the beginning of 4th quarter.
Report for Information: Referendum Timeline
Superintendent Lansfeldt updated the school board on the timeline for a November 2021 referendum and identified the key dates and decision points for the school board in the coming months. By March the board will need to determine if a bond will be placed on the ballot, and if so, it must identify which projects will be included. By May the board will need to have an idea of the number of ballot questions, the dollar amounts to be requested and how any new referendum funds would be spent. By August the final ballot language must be approved by the board and submitted to Washington County.
Report for Information: School Board Recognition Week
School board members were thanked for their service and presented with certificates of appreciation as part of School Board Recognition Week.
Report for Information: Contract Reviews - January 15, 2021- February 4, 2021
School board members reviewed recent contracts for goods and services equaling less than $50,000.
Action Item: Chiller #1 Internal Inspection and Overhaul
The school board approved an internal inspection and compressor overhaul on Chiller #1 at Stillwater Area High School for a value of $86,486. This preventative maintenance will extend the life of the original cooling plant installed at the school in 1993. This is the last of the three chillers to be overhauled.
Action Item: Upper Lakes Foods, Inc. Renewal for 2021-2022
The school board approved the 2021-2022 renewal contract with Upper Lakes Foods, Inc. and the “Big 8” Purchasing Group. Stillwater Area Public Schools is part of the Big 8 partnership, which was formed to attain savings through volume buying and distribution of items utilized by all district food service operations.