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Red Wing School Board briefs

Kelly, Schmit discuss legislative session

State Rep. Tim Kelly and Sen. Matt Schmit recapped the 2013 legislative session for the Red Wing School Board Monday evening.

"There's a number of things we had right, but there's a lot of work to do," Kelly said.

The former School Board member cited the passage of the World's Greatest Workforce bill, which sets standards in place to have a 100 percent graduation rate, reduce the achievement gap and have all third-graders reading at grade level by 2027, as one of the "right" things.

But Kelly questioned why the state doesn't require teachers to pass competency tests and why there isn't a graduation test. He also stated that the Legislature needs to make sure that districts are given support when state statutes require them to implement new procedures.

Schmit also talked about progress that the Legislature made during the session, including increasing per-pupil funding, funding all-day kindergarten and increasing special education spending.

When asked about teacher competency and graduation tests, Schmit stated that having too many standards can create problems.

"You don't want to have high standards to the point that you're teaching to the test," he said.

Both Schmit and Kelly asked the board to contact them if they have concerns or questions about bills or legislation going forward.

Restrictive procedures policy updated

The board approved 6-0 changes to the district's restrictive procedures policy. This policy, which was implemented per state statute in 2011, outlines how district staff uses physical holding or seclusion of a child during emergency behavior situations.

This year, the state required the policy to be updated, special education Director Cherie Johnson said. The new policy requires the district to: provide the state a list of staff members certified in restrictive procedures quarterly rather than annually; perform restrictive procedures only when a child may cause physical injury and not property damage; and use prone restraints only on children older than 5, among others provisions.

Truth-in-taxation meeting set

The board officially scheduled the Red Wing School District's 2013 truth-in-taxation meeting for 6 p.m. Monday Dec. 2 at the Red Wing High School Little Theatre. The regular board meeting — which will begin at 5:30 that evening — will be stopped for the truth-in-taxation meeting.

Government entities are required to hold these meetings, which present information about tax levies, each year.

Police liaison contract approved

As part of the consent agenda, the board unanimously approved a new contract with Red Wing Police Department for a liaison officer for the 2013-14 school year. As per the contract, the district will pay the city a lump sum of $31,504 for one officer. That is a 2.5 percent — or $767.99 — increase over the 2012-13 school liaison contract.

Personnel watch

The board approved the following personnel changes:

New hires: Brette Vanloon, fourth-grade teacher at Burnside, effective August 2013; Katrina Petterson, computer teacher at Burnside and Sunnyside, effective August 2013; Katie Rausch, art teacher at Red Wing High School, effective August 2013; Kevin O'Brien, aquatic instructor/swim coach at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective Aug. 12; Thomas Zenzen, industrial technology teacher at TBMS and Goodhue County Education District, effective August 2013; Bob Furchner, temporary custodian at Sunnyside, effective Aug. 19; Deb Brodie, long-term substitute for first grade at Sunnyside, effective Aug. 26 through Sept. 27.

Extended leave: Debbie Johnson-Lundberg, student services coordinator, effective Aug. 5; Marge Fagerlund, first-grade teacher at Sunnyside, effective Aug. 26 through Sept. 27.

Resignation: Alyssa Edholm, special education paraprofessional at Sunnyside, effective Aug. 2; Samantha Berghammer, special education paraprofessional at TBMS, effective Aug. 15; Rachel Jensen, special education paraprofessional at Colvill, effective July 29; Vivian Schwingler Morcillo, educational assistant at Sunnyside, effective Aug. 6.

Reassignment: Karin Meyer, special education teacher at Sunnyside, effective August 2013.

Retirement: Sara Caverly, media/technology aide at TBMS, effective Aug. 8.

Added hours: Britt Gulstad, lead ABE instructor at community education, effective July 1.

Meeting watch

Monday's meeting lasted about one hour and 50 minutes. Board member Mark Ryan was absent.

- Complied by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer