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Regular Meeting of the School Board
November 9, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District 270 was conducted in person on Tuesday November 9, 2021. The meeting was called to order at 7:01 p.m.

School Board members present: Treasurer Steve Adams, Vice Chair Shannon Andreson, Chair Jennifer Bouchard, Director Tanya Khan, Director John Kuhl, and Clerk Katie Pederson. School Board members absent: Director Fartun Ahmed.

Student Board reps present: Angel Riley (12) and Grace Reilly (10). Student Board reps absent: None. Staff members present: Superintendent Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed. Staff members absent: None.

Open Agenda — Public Comments on Agenda Items

Bouchard noted that no Open Agenda comments were submitted.

Reports

Student Board Representative

Riley (12) and Reilly (10) updated board members on sports events and students comfortability with in person schooling.

Superintendent

Dr. Mhiripiri-Reed updated board members on district events including recent school board elections, cooperation with Hennepin County Commissioner and the American Rescue Fund plans and highlighted district American Indian Cultural Liaison, Jessica Glidden.

Approval of Agenda

Adams moved, Pederson seconded, to approve the agenda as presented. Carried.

Consent Calendar

Khan moved, Kuhl seconded, to approve the Consent Calendar as presented: A) Approval of Minutes — Regular Meeting Conducted on October 26, 2021; B) Human Resources — Personnel Updates; C) Policies in Second Read [303, 303.1, 351, 353, 354]; D) Tentative Agreement with Hopkins School Nutrition Employees (HSNE). Carried.

Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer Adams highlighted expenses of interest. Adams moved, Pederson seconded, to approve financial disbursements in the amount of $3,558,136.87 for the period of October 19, 2021 through November 2, 2021. Carried. 

Policies in First Read

401: Equal Employment Opportunity
404: Employment Background Checks
406: Public and Private Personnel Data
413: Harassment and Violence
456: Staff Ethics/Conflict of Interest

Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Lightfoot and Vice Chair Andreson provided background on the above policies. Lightfoot noted minor changes to policies 401, 406, 413 and 456 mirroring the work done in policy 102 (Equal Education Opportunity) and editing the policies to be more inclusive. Lightfoot noted no changes to policy 404.

Clerk Pederson noted some changes that needed to be changed in Policy 456 to ensure “they” replaced “he” and “she”. Lightfoot clarified for Superintendent Mhiripiri-Reed that policy surrounding volunteer background checks is separate from policy 404: Employment Background Checks.

Andreson moved, Adams seconded that the Board approves the above policies in First Reading; 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).

Updated MSBA Resolutions

Vice Chair Andreson stated that Hopkins School Board Members submitted the approved MSBA Resolutions presented at the Regular Meeting on October 5, 2021. MSBA provided feedback for language changes to the Fully Fund School Nutrition Resolution. Andreson read the updated resolution to the board:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT HOPKINS SCHOOL BOARD URGES THE LEGISLATURE TO MOVE TOWARD FULLY FUNDING PUBLIC SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS SO ALL MINNESOTA FAMILIES HAVE EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HEALTHY MEALS CONTRIBUTING TO OVERALL COMMUNITY HEALTH AND FOOD SECURITY.

Adams moved, Kuhl seconded that the Board approves the presented resolution for the MSBA Delegate Assembly. Those voting in favor thereof: Kuhl, Pederson, Adams, Bouchard, Andreson, and Khan. Those unable to vote: Ahmed. Carried.

Andreson introduced the second resolution, explaining that it was pulled from a previously approved resolution as follows:

THEREFORE: BE IT RESOLVED, THAT HOPKINS PUBLIC SCHOOLS URGES THE LEGISLATURE TO MOVE AWAY FROM FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE LUNCH AS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN COMPUTING COMPENSATORY REVENUE REPLACING IT WITH A MODEL THAT MORE ACCURATELY REFLECTS COMMUNITY NEED.

She explained that separating this into its own resolution will be an incremental step toward universal school meals.

Khan moved, Adams seconded that the Board approves the second presented resolution for the MSBA Delegate Assembly. Those voting in favor thereof: Khan, Andreson, Bouchard, Adams, Pederson, and Kuhl. Those unable to vote: Ahmed. Carried.

Canvass Election Results — School Board Election

Tariro Chapinduka, Director of Business Services, explained that the School Board election was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to fill the expiring terms of Directors Jen Bouchard, John Kuhl and Fartun Ahmed; Kuhl and Ahmed did not file for re-election. Results of the election need to be canvassed and approved by the Board within three to ten days following the General Election, as per State statute. Results are not official until canvassed by the Hopkins School Board.

Results posted on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website show that Jen Bouchard, Jason Ross and Rachel Hartland received the highest number of votes and are elected to four-year terms beginning the first Monday in January 2022.

Khan moved, Pederson seconded that the Board approves the results of the School Board election conducted on November 2, 2021, by adopting the proposed Resolution Canvassing Returns of Votes of School District General Election. Those voting in favor thereof: Adams, Andreson, Bouchard, Khan, Kuhl and Pederson. Those unable to vote: Ahmed. Carried.

Board Member Reports

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

Public Comment Items — Not on Agenda

Bouchard noted that no public comments were presented.

Adams moved, Pederson seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 8:04 p.m. Carried.

 

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Katie Pederson, School Board Clerk