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Board approves sand mining resolution

Red Wing School Bboard approved a resolution Monday expressing concerns about Goodhue County's proposed silica sand mining ordinance and requesting clarification regarding how the school district may be affected by any mining in the county.

"A conversation with the county would be healthy for us to discuss the nature of mining activities in the county," Board Chair Heidi Jones said. "I would feel remiss if we didn't have further discussion with the county about our concerns."

However, board member Paul Kramp questioned the district's need for a resolution on the matter.

"I'm all for student and staff safety," he said. "Do we really need to go to the extent of a resolution? Why do we need a resolution rather than just say we need more dialogue?"

But Jones said that a resolution is more formal.

"It sort of gives us more of a push," Board member Mark Ryan said.

The resolution passed 3-2, with Jones, Ryan and Baldwin voting yes and Kramp and Janie Farrar opposing.

In other news ...

• The board was updated on Goodhue County Education District's long-range facilities planning. Currently, GCED is looking at two proposals - to consolidate all services in buildings located either behind Red Wing High School or in rural Cannon Falls. GCED director Cherie Johnson will give the board a longer presentation in August.

• The board approved a preliminary health and safety budget for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and a new ice arena air quality plan. The health and safety budget includes about $85,000 each year to update the fire system at the high school. The air quality plan includes changes made to comply with several new mandates from the state.

• The board approved a new student handbook, a RWHS student handbook, employee guidelines, an organizational chart, administrative procedures and school closure information for weather emergencies.

Personnel changes

New hires: Geoffrey Cleveland, social studies teacher at TBMS, effective August 2013; Brianna Dressen, second-grade teacher at Sunnyside, effective Aug. 23; Cory Thorson, fourth-grade teacher at Burnside, effective Aug. 23; Marita Heins, third-grade teacher at Burnside, effective Aug. 23; Rachel Anderson, special education teacher at TBMS, effective 2013-14 school year; Ann Peterson, English/language arts teacher at TBMS, effective August 2013.

Extended leave: Heidi Mitchell, teacher at Burnside, effective July 25 through Sept. 13.

Resignation: Chris Sheehan, agriculture teacher at RWHS, effective July 2; Adam Nelson, social studies teacher at RWHS, effective June 28; Min MartinOakes, ECSE/kindergarten resource teacher at Sunnyside, effective June 20; Patti Flynn, paraprofessional at RWHS, effective June 20; Kris Jurgensen, administrative assistant at RWPS, effective July 1; Rachel Jensen, Kids Junction assistant lead at Sunnyside, effective June 11; Amy Sarnstrom, aquatic therapy paraprofessional, effective April 30; Kristi Person, computer teacher at TBMS, effective immediately.

Meeting watch

Monday evening's meeting lasted about two hours before going into two closed sessions to discuss the possibility the acquisition of land parcels 55.630.0160 and 55.625.0780 near the high school and the superintendent evaluation. Board members Steve Anderson and Mike Christensen were absent.

- compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer