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August 12, 2020 at 6:00 PM - Independent School District 507 Regular School Board Meeting

Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
2. ROLL CALL
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
3. VISITOR COMMENTS
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
5. REPORTS AND PRESENTATION
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
5.a. Superintendent's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
  1. Staff, students, and parents were informed of the hybrid learning plan on August 6th.  It is expected that we will begin the school year with the hybrid learning plan.  I am monitoring the COVID-19 Case Rate by County data, which is updated every Thursday. 
 
  1. The detailed hybrid learning plan is attached. It was developed in collaboration with MDH, MDE, and the teachers leadership team.  The information has been distributed to families and staff members.  Over the next few weeks,  I will ensure that all the procedures are operational.
 
  1. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique nature of the upcoming school year, it is not prudent to launch new initiatives.  Rather, I have identified three goals for the upcoming school year:
    1. The health and safety of students and staff.
    2. The social and emotional well-being of students and staff.
    3. Students will acquire knowledge and skills consistent with the Minnesota academic standards.
5.b. Principal's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description:  Quick Story
I was reading a news article about another country and schools being open to students on campus. I saw a little kindergarten girl standing on a line socially distanced waiting to use the restroom. The little girl reminded me of my own daughter. I have now placed a picture of my kids on my desk to constantly
remind me that I am focused on reopening safely. I am also saddened at the thought our students will not have the same experiences or a lack of experiences students had in the past. This is real and it is personal! I don’t recall who said it during a briefing with the governor and the Education Commissioner, but the line I heard and truly believe is "Our plans will be perfectly imperfect!"

Summer School:
Summer school went well. The last day was July 23 so students were not required to wear masks, yet. Many students were sad to see it end.

Distance Learning Staff Survey Results:
The data collected will help drive our instruction and helps the district make informed data-driven decisions.

Staff Development Update:
Our overarching goal will be the following:

District Goal: For the 2020-2021 school year, we, the staff of Nicollet Public Schools, will dedicate staff
development time to professional learning communities (PLCs) to support continuous improvement in staff performance and student growth. (Instructional - Professional Learning Communities).

Within the overall goal, there will be teachers working in specific PLCs and will set their own specific PLC goals.

Donations:
Nicollet Public School wants to thank the Nicollet County Health Department and the Chamber of Commerce for donating various types of masks.

Back to School/Fall Workshop:
The start of the school year will be much different than in years past. When it comes to communicating with staff members, I will be using email instead of sending a back to school letter that included the Fall Workshop schedule.

Fall Open House/Conferences/Orientation/Kindergarten Round-Up:
Working on how this will look. We are going to try our best at getting Kindergarten families on campus for a form of Kindergarten Round-Up. More details to come.
5.c. Student Representative's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
5.d. Board Committees' Reports
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6. CONSENT AGENDA
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
6.a. Approval of Minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.b. Approval of Bills in the amount of $147,187.40
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.c. Approval of Personnel Items
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.d. Accept Donations
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
7. 2020-21 LUNCH PRICES
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description: 
The Federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, PL 111-296 was enacted in 2010. The legislation authorizes funding and sets policy for The? USDA National School Lunch Program. Additional federal funding helps to offset the cost of additional nutritional requirements. However, a minimum local share is also required. Public schools are required to calculate the weighted average meal price annually, and increase by $0.10 per meal until reaching the federal requirement, which is currently $2.86 per meal.
Attachments: (1)
8. FACILITIES
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
The facilities committee (Eric, Scot, Barry, and the Superintendent) has been studying a facilities improvement plan for several months.  The plan addresses many long-term maintenance needs for our facilities.  Furthermore, operational efficiencies would reduce general fund expenses.  The committee is recommending that the school board approve the plan.

LTFM revenue will pay for General Obligation Capital Facilities Bonds.  Capital Appreciation Bonding (CAB) would extend the bond debt scheduled to expire in 2026 by 6 years.  The funding strategy would utilize the Ag2School Credit.  As a result, taxes would decrease for non-homestead agricultural property (65% of our district) and be cost neutral for other property. 
 
8.a. Project Scope/Budget and Timeline
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description: 
The Superintendent recommends school board action to enter an agreement with Nexus for services including architectural, engineering, construction management, and commissioning for the project to be funded as follows:

CAB Proceeds:                                     $2,752,100
Facilities Maint. Bond Proceeds:        $   946,000
Capital Facilities Bonds Proceeds:      $   248,400
Total:                                                    $3,946,500

The project scope/budget, and timeline is attached.
8.b. Amend LTFM Applicatiion
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description: 
The Superintendent recommends approving the amended 10-year LTFM plan.  LTFM revenue will pay for General Obligation Capital Facilities Bonds.  Capital Appreciation Bonding (CAB) would extend the bond debt scheduled to expire in 2026 by 6 years.  The funding strategy would utilize the Ag2School Credit.  As a result, taxes would decrease for non-homestead agricultural property (65% of our district) and be cost neutral for other property. 

 
Attachments: (1)
8.c. Parameters Resolution
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description:  The Superintendent recommends school board action to approve the attached resolution.  The resolution authorizes the issuance of general obligation capital appreciation bonds not to exceed $2,900,000 and general obligation bonds not to exceed $1,235,000 at a true interest-rate that does not exceed 2.95%.
Attachments: (1)
9. APPROVE 2020-21 STUDENT HANDBOOK
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description: 
The 2020-21 Student Handbook has been updated and is attached.  Most changes are grammatical rather than substantive.  Deleted language is shown as strikethrough and new language is shown underlined and redThe Superintendent recommends approving the 2020-21 Student Handbook.
Attachments: (1)
10. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
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