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Board Minutes—Regular Meeting 02/07/23

Official School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the School Board
February 7, 2023

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District 270 was conducted in person on Tuesday February 7, 2023. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. School Board members present: Treasurer Steve Adams, Vice Chair Shannon Andreson, Director Tanya Khan, Director Katie Pederson, Clerk Jason Ross, and Chair Jennifer Westmoreland. School Board members absent: Director Rachel Hartland.

Student Board reps present: Elif Ozturk (11) and Isabella McCoy (12). Student Board reps absent: None.

Staff members present: Superintendent Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed. Staff members absent: None.

Open Agenda — Public Comments on Agenda Items

No public comments were presented.


Scholar Board Report

Student Board Representatives McCoy and Ozturk shared details on upcoming student events.

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Mhiripiri-Reed highlighted district and community events.

Approval of Agenda

Khan moved, Adams seconded, to approve the agenda as presented. Westmoreland noted minor changes to the agenda including the addition of New Business item B) Bond Sales Resolution and Sale Report as well as the omission of consent item D) Hopkins High School Stadium - Synthetic Turf Improvements. Carried.

Consent Calendar

Pederson moved, Adams seconded, to approve the Consent Calendar as presented: A) Approval of Minutes — Regular Meeting Conducted on January 24, 2023; B) Human Resources — Personnel Updates; C) Policies in Second Reading [755]. Carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Adams highlighted expenses of interest. Adams moved, Ross seconded, to approve financial disbursements in the amount of $2,292,147.99 for the period of January 18, 2023 through January 31, 2023. Carried.

Policies in First Read

  • Policy 520: Student Surveys
  • Policy 526: Hazing Prohibition

Lightfoot and Andreson noted that the presented resolutions are part of annual review. No changes were suggested.

Adams moved; Andreson seconded; that the Board approves Policies 520 and 526 in First Read; further, the Board directs the Administration to prepare the policies (with suggested revisions) for approval in Second Reading at the next meeting as part of Consent. Carried.

Bond Sale Resolution and Sales Report

Director Chapinduka and Matthew Hammer from Ehlers provided an update to the board on the refunding bond sale which happened earlier today (February 7, 2023). Hammer presented the resolution that states the intention of the School Board to issue General Obligation Alternative Facilities Refunding Bonds, Series 2023A, in the approximate principal amount of $21,060,000. This is a continuation from the resolution presented and approved by the board at the January 10, 2023, regular meeting.

Pederson moved, Adams seconded; that the board approve the bond sale resolution. Those voting in favor thereof: Treasurer Adams, Director Khan, Director Pederson, Vice Chair Andreson, Clerk Ross and Chair Westmoreland. Those unable to vote: Director Hartland. Carried.

Board Member Reports

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

Public Comment — Items not on Agenda

No public comments for "items not on the agenda" were presented.


Adams moved, Andreson seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 7:54 p.m. Carried.



Jason Ross, School Board Clerk