October 2018 Board Meeting Highlights

ISD 199 School Board Meeting: October 22, 2018
Posted on 10/24/2018
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The Inver Grove Heights School Board met on Monday, October 22, with the following items on the agenda:

District Highlights

  • ISD 199 Superintendent Dave Bernhardson talked about Simley High School’s Ben Borchard, who was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist for his outstanding academics and PSAT score. Ben is one of only 16,000 semifinalists nationwide and of only 300 in Minnesota.
  • Superintendent Bernhardson and the 2018-2019 ISD 199 Student Advisory Council presented on their first meeting of the year. During their first meeting, students discussed the characteristics of a champion and chose districtwide topics they would like to add their student perspective to during their next meetings. 

Consent Agenda

  • Minutes from previous regular school board meeting on September 24, 2018
  • Minutes from special school board meeting on October 1, 2018
  • Cash disbursements
  • Personnel transactions and donations
  • Gifts and grants
  • 917 contract amendment

Information Items

  • Hilltop Elementary School Principal Sue Vallafskey and Assistant Principal Jessica Hallin presented an update on the school. The administrators talked about the school’s focus on building relationships and considering factors outside of school to properly support their students. Fifth grade teachers Sheri Dobesh, Jessica Goodwin, Tyler Hendrix, and Stephanie Taufen also talked about piloting home visits last summer to more successfully build relationships even before school started.
  • ISD 199 Director of Learning Teajai Anderson Schmidt gave the board some context around the district’s recent MCA scores. She talked about this year’s scores compared to previous years, historical trends, and state and national scores.
  • Mrs. Anderson Schmidt and Superintendent Bernhardson presented the timeline of updates for the district’s Vision Card and an update on kindergarten readiness.
  • Board committee reports
  • Membership reports

Action Items

  • Approval of the School Start and End Times Beginning with the 2019-2020 School Year
  • Approval of Principal Contract Agreement
  • Approval of the Medical Insurance Provider
  • Approval of COBRA Administration
  • Approval of the Equity Alliance Extension
  • Approval of the Second Reading of 900 Policy Series and Policy 616
  • Approval of the Resolution of Combine Polling Places
  • Approval of the Resolution Approving the South Grove Property Purchase Agreement

Meeting information and video of the October 22 meeting are available on the district website, www.isd199.org. The next school board work session will be Monday, November 12, at the ISD 199 District Office, 2990 80th Street East in Inver Grove Heights, and the next regular school board meeting will be Monday, November 26, at Simley High School, 2920 80th Street East in Inver Grove Heights. Both meetings will start at 5:30 PM.

Before the regular board meeting, community members are invited to speak to the school board during a listening session on Monday, November 26, in the Simley Spartan Center, 2920 80th Street East in Inver Grove Heights. Click here to learn how to sign up to speak at the next listening session.