Public Notices 09/20/2012 – Champlin/Dayton Press

City of Dayton
(Official Publication)
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY OF DAYTON
COUNTY OF HENNEPIN
STATE OF MINNESOTA
REQUEST:
1. Final Site and Building Plan Review
2. Conditional Use Permit – Open Outside Storage
APPLICANT: McSeven Enterprises, LLC
LOCATION: 17270 113th Avenue North. North of 113th Avenue North, north of CSAH 81.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION:
Lot 7, Block 1, Northdale Industrial Park
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the parties may be heard.
WHERE: Planning Commission meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers, 12260 South Diamond Lake Road, Dayton, Minnesota.
QUESTIONS: Contact Assistant to the City Administrator Erin Stwora at (763) 421-3487 or by e-mail at estwora@cityofdaytonmn.com
DATED this 14th day of September, 2012.
CITY OF DAYTON
Sandy Borders, City Clerk
(Sept. 20, 2012)
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City of Dayton
(Official Publication)
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY OF DAYTON
COUNTY OF HENNEPIN
STATE OF MINNESOTA
REQUEST:
1. Variance to allow construction of a 30’x24’ garage at a reduced setback of 10 feet from the property line on a legal, non-conforming lot.
APPLICANT: Pride of Homes, LLC
LOCATION: 16251 Baxter Avenue, Dayton, MN 55327
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lot 14, Bock 13, Townsite of Dayton
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the parties may be heard.
WHERE: City Council meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers, 12260 South Diamond Lake Road, Dayton, Minnesota.
QUESTIONS: Contact Assistant to the City Administrator Erin Stwora at (763) 421-3487 or by e-mail at estwora@cityofdaytonmn.com.
DATED this 14th day of September, 2012.
CITY OF DAYTON
Erin Stwora, Assistant to the City Administrator
(Sept. 20, 2012)
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City of Dayton
(Official Publication)
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY OF DAYTON
COUNTY OF HENNEPIN
STATE OF MINNESOTA
REQUEST:
Consideration of a City-Wide Comprehensive Plan Amendment
APPLICANT: City of Dayton
WHEN: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the parties may be heard.
WHERE: Dayton City Council meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers, 12260 South Diamond Lake Road, Dayton, Minnesota.
QUESTIONS: Contact Assistant to the City Administrator Erin Stwora at (763) 421-3487 or by e-mail at estwora@cityofdaytonmn.com
DATED this 14th day of September, 2012.
CITY OF DAYTON
Erin Stwora
Assistant to the City Administrator
(Sept. 20, 2012)
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City of Dayton
(Official Publication)
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY OF DAYTON
COUNTY OF HENNEPIN
STATE OF MINNESOTA
REQUEST:
1. Conditional Use Permit – Dog Training
APPLICANT: Dogue Spot, Inc.
LOCATION: 17170 113th Ave North. On the north side of 113th Avenue North, North of CSAH 81).
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the parties may be heard.
WHERE: Planning Commission meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers, 12260 South Diamond Lake Road, Dayton, Minnesota.
QUESTIONS: Contact Assistant to the City Administrator Erin Stwora at (763) 421-3487 or by e-mail at estwora@cityofdaytonmn.com
DATED this 14th day of September, 2012.
CITY OF DAYTON
Erin Stwora
Assistant to the City Administrator
(Sept. 20, 2012)
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City of Dayton
(Official Publication)
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
CITY OF DAYTON
COUNTY OF HENNEPIN
STATE OF MINNESOTA
REQUEST: The vacation of easements no longer used on the property.
APPLICANT: City of Dayton and Gary Uhde, Property Owner
LOCATION: Dayton River Commercial Park
LEGAL DESCRIPTION:
That portion of the easement taken by Document Number 5972709 which is on Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, DAYTON RIVER COMMERCIAL PARK, Hennepin County, Minnesota, described as follows:
A strip of land 20 feet wide the center line of which is described as: Beginning at a point on the northeasterly line of said Lot 1, (said northeasterly line was previously northeasterly line of Lot 1, Block 2, RAINTREE 2ND ADDITION) distant 70.79 feet northwesterly along said northeasterly line from the northeasterly corner of said Lot 1, (said northeasterly corner was previously northeasterly corner of Lot 1, Block 2, RAINTREE 2ND ADDITION) said point hereinafter known as Point “A”; thence South 83 degrees 09 minutes 52 seconds West 320.19 feet: thence North 82 degrees 39 minutes 15 seconds West 20.00 feet and there terminating. The northerly and southerly lines of said strip being lengthened or shortened to terminate at the northeasterly line of said Lot 1 and the southwesterly line of Lot 2, said Block 1.
Also that part of said Lots 1 and 2 described as follows: Commencing at Point “A” described above; thence South 83 degrees 09 minutes 52 seconds West 58.42 feet to the point of beginning of the tract to be described; thence North 52 degrees 35 minutes 46 seconds West 307.83 feet; thence South 34 degrees 16 minutes 10 seconds West 150.09 feet; thence South 52 degrees 20 minutes 30 seconds East 300.06 feet; thence North 37 degrees 14 minutes 17 seconds East 151.19 feet to the point of beginning.
For purposes of these descriptions, the east line of Lot 1 is assumed to bear South 0 degrees 13 minutes 16 seconds East.

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the parties may be heard.
WHERE: City Council meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers, 11260 South Diamond Lake Road, Dayton, Minnesota.
QUESTIONS: Contact Assistant to the City Administrator Erin Stwora at (763) 421-3487 or by e-mail at estwora@ci.dayton.mn.us
DATED this 14th day of September, 2012.
CITY OF DAYTON
Erin Stwora
Assistant to the City Administrator
(Sept. 20, 2012)
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Cert. of Assumed Name
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Office of the Minnesota
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Certificate of Assumed Name
Minnesota Statutes, 333
The filing of an assumed name does not provide a user with exclusive rights to that name. The filing is required for consumer protection in order to enable consumers to be able to identify the true owner of a business.
ASSUMED NAME:
Sabas’ Outdoor Services
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6809 114th Ave N Champlin MN 55316 USA
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School District 11
(Official Publication)
MINUTES OF MEETING
SCHOOL BOARD OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 11
(Anoka-Hennepin School District)
STATE OF MINNESOTA
The School Board of Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District No. 11 held a regular meeting on Monday, August 27, 2012, at the Educational Service Center, Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
Chair Heidemann called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.
The following members were present: Marci Anderson, Tom Heidemann, John Hoffman, Jeff Simon, and Mike Sullivan. Dr. Scott Wenzel was absent.
Chair Heidemann led the pledge of allegiance.
RECOGNITIONS
The School Board recognized Anoka-Hennepin Chief Financial Officer Michelle Vargas for being named one of Finance & Commerce’s “Top Women in Finance for 2012.” Vargas was nominated by Mary Olson, director of the Communication and Public Relations Department, who said Vargas brought the Anoka-Hennepin School District from the brink of a catastrophic deficit of $60 million or more to the position of having a projected general fund balance for fiscal year 2013 of $39.3 million. School Board Chair Tom Heidemann said he appreciates everything Vargas does for Anoka-Hennepin and its students.
As a Coon Rapids High School graduate, parent and taxpayer, Vargas said she takes her work very seriously. She said she was honored to receive the award and appreciates the leadership team she works with.
CONSENT AGENDA
Mike Sullivan moved and John Hoffman seconded the motion to approve the following consent agenda items:
1. Minutes from the August 13, 2012, Board meeting.
2. Personnel items as follows:
RETIREMENTS
Current or Most Last Day
Name Recent Position Employed
Dorothy Babcock CRHS-Child Nutrition 9/14/2012
Constance Bernardy Madison-Teacher 5/21/2012
Mary Bodin BHS-Child Nutrition 8/17/2012
Jacquelyn Bowatz ESC-Secretary 12/14/2012
Cheryl Kelsey Hamilton- Paraeducator 6/7/2012
Geraldine Strom CPHS-Child Nutrition 9/6/2012
RESIGNATIONS, TERMINATIONS
Current or Most Last Day
Name Recent Position Employed
Anna Cunningham Dayton- Teacher 8/17/2012
Danielle Johnson Johnsville- Teacher. 8/13/2012
Sara Keane Mc Kinley- Teacher 8/15/2012
Roberta Sonnesyn Monroe- Teacher 6/8/2012
LEAVES OF ABSENCE
Current or Most Leave Leave
Name Recent Position Begins Ends
Pattylynn Ballard JMS-Paraeducator 8/27/2012 10/26/2012
Tricia Bozell Jefferson-Secretary 8/10/2012 9/21/2012
Carmen Britton CPHS-Child Nutrition 7/16/2012 10/12/2012
Debbie Holmquist Riverview ECC- Teacher 8/27/2012 2/27/2013
Terry Johnson CRHS-Assistant Principal 7/24/2012 8/17/2012
Michael Lapenotiere JMS-Building Supervisor 7/31/2012 10/22/2012
Kirk Larson BHS-Custodian 7/27/2012 8/10/2012
Constance Miller-Dub S.T.E.P.- Paraeducator 7/3/2012 9/18/2012
Michael Miskowiec BHS-Custodian 8/8/2012 8/22/2012
Kelly Paulson Transition Plus- Paraeducator 6/28/2012 11/26/2012
Amanda Skogquist LC/DC-A+ Site Leader 8/13/2012 11/2/2012
Tina St. Martin Franklin-Teacher 8/13/2012 11/16/2012
Allen Taylor CPHS- Teacher 8/3/2012 5/31/2013
Gretchen Wahl Andover HS- Teacher 8/8/2012 9/19/2012
Sharon Zulkosky CRMS- Paraeducator 8/6/2012 12/6/2012
MODIFIED LEAVES OF ABSENCE
Current or Most Leave Leave
Name Recent Position Begins Ends
Bonita Arntson ESC-Secretary 7/9/2012 8/14/2012
Candi Krych Eisenhower-Paraeducator 11/23/2011 11/30/2012
APPOINTMENTS
Current or Most Effective
Name Recent Position Date Lane/Step FTE Salary
Elementary
Stephanie Anderson Jefferson-Teacher-
Inquiry Specialist 8/27/2012 Bachelors/5 0.7200 $30,864
Trista Danielson Crooked Lake-
Teacher-Art 8/27/2012 Masters/5 0.8700 $44,320
Karri Fischer Lincoln-Teacher-Art 8/27/2012 Masters+30/2 1.0000 $46,065
Nicole Fish Adams-Teacher-Grade 1 8/27/2012 Bachelors+30/3 1.0000 $42,328
Joan Godfrey Eisenhower-Teacher-
SA-Academic Support 8/27/2012 Bachelors+15/2 0.6000 $23,596
Angelica Hafner Ramsey-Teacher-
Inquiry Special. 8/27/2012 Bachelors/3 0.5600 $22,481
Allison Hanson Adams-Teacher-ESL 8/27/2012 Bachelors/1 1.0000 $37,231
Lisa Hanson Oxbow Creek-Teacher-
Grade K 8/27/2012 Bachelors+45/2 0.5000 $21,690
MaryJo Horowicki Madison-Teacher-
Grade K 8/27/2012 Bachelors+45/2 0.5000 $20,556
Kimberly Jacobs Ramsey-Teacher-
Grade 2 8/27/2012 Bachelors/6 1.0000 $43,956
Jeannemarie Johnson Franklin-Teacher-
Grade 5 8/27/2012 Bachelors+45/2 1.0000 $41,112
Emma Kliber Monroe-Teacher-
Inquiry Specialist 8/27/2012 Masters+60/2 0.6800 $32,657
Chelsea Knuteson Andover-Teacher-
Grade 5 8/27/2012 Bachelors/2 1.0000 $38,271
Lindsay Peterson Monroe-Teacher-SA-
Academic Support 8/27/2012 Bachelors/4 1.0000 $41,587
Tammy Sloth Crooked Lake-Teacher-
Inquiry Specialist 8/27/2012 Bachelors+45/3 0.5600 $24,293
Stephen Thoemke CBPA-Teacher-SA-
Academic Support 8/27/2012 Masters/14 1.0000 $66,033
Cristina Warfield Sand Creek-Teacher-
Grade 4 8/27/2012 Bachelors/3 1.0000 $40,144
Secondary
Emilie Buesing Andover HS-Teacher-
Media Specialist 8/27/2012 Bachelors+45/10 1.0000 $52,098
Kathryn Bussey NMS-Teacher-Science 8/27/2012 Masters/3 1.0000 $46,217
Robert Ellis Andover HS-Teacher-
Science 8/27/2012 Masters/2 1.0000 $43,951
Megan Lee S.T.E.P.-Teacher-
Social Studies 8/27/2012 Masters/3 1.0000 $46,217
Carrie Miskowiec AMS-Teacher-Science 8/27/2012 Bachelors/4 1.0000 $41,587
Joshua Prokosch BHS-Teacher-Phy Ed 8/27/2012 Bachelors/2 1.0000 $38,271
Kirstin Wymore BHS-Teacher-Reading 8/27/2012 Masters+15/6 0.9211 $50,476
Special Education
Kelly Brandt RMS-Teacher-
Speech Clinician 8/27/2012 Masters/3 1.0000 $46,217
Katherine Ewens Sorteberg ECC-
Teacher-ECSE 8/27/2012 Bachelors+30/2 1.0000 $40,179
Stephanie Fenno Sorteberg ECC-
Teacher-Speech
Clinician 8/27/2012 Masters/2 1.0000 $41,112
Heather Gove Andover HS-Teacher-
MSH(TMH) 8/27/2012 Masters/5 1.0000 $53,260
Deborah Louwagie LC/DC-Sped-Teacher-
Occ Therapist (LTS) 8/27/2012 Bachelors+30/20 0.2032 $12,310
Kimberly Smith Sorteberg ECC-
Teacher-Speech
Clinician 8/27/2012 Masters/2 1.0000 $38,271
Administrative
Current or Most Effective
Name Recent Position Date Days Salary
Anthony Degel Crossroads-Assist. Principal 8/1/2012 225 $86,842
Eric Lakanen CRMS-Assistant Principal 8/1/2012 225 $83,744
A detailed list of the Extra Service Agreements, Curriculum Writing and Behind the Wheel is posted and available through the Anoka-Hennepin ISD 11 District website, www.anoka.k12.mn.us, and at the district office located at 2727 N Ferry Street, Anoka, MN 55303. If you would like a printed copy of this portion of the minutes, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the attention of Sue Seul at the above address.
3. The cash disbursements report:
Fund No. Description Amount
01 General $10,737,823.33
02 Food Service $399,381.66
04 Community Service $786,347.58
06 Building Construction $428,995.39
07 Bond & Interest K-12 $1,662,918.33
08 Trust and Agency $0.00
20 Health-Self Insurance $4,060,327.15
21 Dental-Self Insurance $488,691.71
22 Work. Comp.-Self Insurance $110,589.25
47 OPEB Debt Service $598,952.50
TOTAL DISTRICT $19,274,026.90
4. The cash balance report:
FOOD COM BUILDING DEBT EMP BENE
GENERAL SERVICE SERVICE CONSTR SERVICE TRUST HEALTH
01-101 02-101 04-101 06-101 07-101 08-101 20-101
07/01/12 20,167,130 8,191,566 3,911,561 677,759 13,190,123 89,502 20,842,762
07/31/12 20,657,842 8,016,066 3,471,617 411,501 12,781,265 89,502 16,652,511
OPEB FY12 Total
EMP BENE EMP BENE DEBT All Balances
DENTAL WK COMP SERV. TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL ALL (1 yr ago
21-101 22-101 47-101 CASH INVEST BALANCES comp)
07/01/12 1,218,886 3,417,897 1,228,008 72,935,192 42,759,027 115,694,219 124,543,754
07/31/12 771,777 3,330,686 836,711 67,019,479 42,759,027 109,778,506 142,792,475
The donations received for the month of August are $16,405.85 and the scholarship funds received totaled $0.00. A detailed list of the donations and scholarship funds received is posted and available through the Anoka-Hennepin ISD 11 District website, www.anoka.k12.mn.us, and at the district office located at 2727 N Ferry Street, Anoka, MN 55303. If you would like a printed copy of this portion of the minutes, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the attention of Sue Seul at the above address.
5. Approval of the Avaya Phone Hub Switch Upgrade Bid #13003B awarded to Transcend United Technologies.
6. Approval of the RISE Incorporated Contract for students with disabilities whose IEP/IFSP/Coordination Plan or Transition Plan indicates the need.
7. Approval of Transportation Policy updates.
Motion passed.
COMMUNICATIONS DELEGATIONS OR PETITIONS
Brad Olson spoke in support of having a discussion about allowing seventh and eighth grade students to participate in high school sports. He is requesting the Board look at policy 510.10 Category 3 and compare it to other state districts to allow equal opportunities and fairness to all students.
Stephanie Schroder is concerned with the settlement of the harassment lawsuit and the installation of federal employees overseeing the district’s anti-bullying policy. She is concerned that the freedom of parents to raise their children in their family’s faith may be at risk; especially if the district adopts curriculum changes that teach aspects of human sexuality contrary to the faith tenets of many residents of the district.
Rick Heller addressed the School Board about “Aiming For Achievement: Providing Accessible Instructional Materials,” a DVD once provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. It has information about accessible instructional materials, specialized tagged files and strategies to convert files to formats for students who require them. Heller is concerned the DVD is no longer available from the Department. He wants to make sure that students with print and reading disabilities can have access to them in accessible formats at the same time as their peers.
Superintendent Carlson gave a report to the board and reviewed the board calendar. September 4 is the first day of school for students, September 10 is the last School Board Work Session at the ESC on Hanson Blvd, September 8 is the AHEF Golf Tournament and the Ramsey Happy Days Parade, September 20 is Meet & Confer-Principals.
District senior staff members shared an overview of the recent leadership workshop with members of the School Board and public. Superintendent Dennis Carlson talked about the state of the district, emphasizing that the community is struggling with unemployment and foreclosures. The district is becoming a community center for support, as counties continue to eliminate vital family services. The free/reduced student population is also rising as detailed in a graph presented by Carlson. Despite these challenges, the Anoka-Hennepin School District remains in a stable fiscal condition, the graduation rates remain high, and test scores continue to increase. Areas of concern include: student safety and bullying, the achievement gap, high school math, as well as college and career readiness. Carlson previewed the 2012-13 school year discussing the positive community support. Three incumbent School Board members were reelected and Jeff Simon, a parent in the District, was appointed to the Board.
Carlson introduced a roadmap called “Building Futures,” which details the Anoka-Hennepin educational process. A group of staff members led the School Board and public through the specific areas of the roadmap. These presenters included: Jeff McGonigal, associate superintendent for high schools, Dr. Jinger Gustafson, associate superintendent for middle schools, Dr. Mary Wolverton, associate superintendent for elementary schools, Steve Kerr, director of Community Education, Laurie Resch, director of elementary curriculum and instruction, and Ellen Delaney, director of secondary curriculum and instruction. The first area focused on entry points and critical academic indicators. All of the presenters discussed important mile markers from early childhood to middle school to adult basic education. To demonstrate how the district is going to reach grade level goals, Delaney discussed 10 action principles that must be taken to sustain high-quality teaching. This list included everything from minimizing distraction to protect the sanctity of the classroom to encouraging collaborative efforts. Resch then talked about what students experience with high quality teachers. Her list included everything from prompts that draw students into complex, problem-based activities to teachers modeling how they think about a problem. Wolverton discussed critical indicators of success including Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) scores, American College Testing (ACT) scores and more. An example of the new district scorecard was then shown.
The second area of focus was school-based student and academic support, school related engagement, and operational support. McGonigal discussed many programs that the district is currently participating in to support students. These included social workers, student learning advocates, counselors, Discover U, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), credit recovery, and parent child interaction therapy. School related engagement included extra/co-curricular activities, community education activities, culturally responsive teaching, school activities, youth service, school wide programming parent involvement, and national network parent partnerships. Operational support included the various departments that currently make up Anoka-Hennepin Schools. During the original presentation various positive anecdotal stories were shared as to how these departments have been making a difference in student achievement.
The third and final area discussed was family and community support. McGonigal mentioned a variety of existing programs including: faith based and community partnership, Future Focus, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), Systems Accountability Committee, volunteers, booster clubs, Anoka and Hennepin County Collaboration, and industry collaboration.
Sarah Kriewall, Employee Services director, gave an update, noting that to date, nearly 150 new teachers have been hired. She said that the Anoka-Hennepin School District truly is acquiring the best talent for these positions as seen in the large number of applicants. More than 4,000 candidates applied for the teaching opportunities. Kriewall also said that more than 50 new administrators were beginning the new school year. The majority of the people hired over the summer moved into established positions, but new additions are within budget.
Tom Heidemann, School Board chair, had the opportunity to view the original presentation at the district’s leadership workshop and mentioned to the other School Board members and public that it was received well by staff members. Chair Heidemann also noted his belief that the district is heading in the right direction, acknowledging both the “Building Futures” roadmap and scorecard examples that were shown throughout the presentation.
In anticipation of the Anoka-Hennepin School District developing an online high school, Jeff McGonigal, associate superintendent of high schools, and Ellen Delaney, director of secondary curriculum and instruction, presented two changes to the “Online Learning Options” policy. The changes were both in “General Statement of Policy.” Item F now reads, “Students who are expelled, excluded or withdrawn are not eligible for participation in extracurricular activities.” The former language called decisions to be made on a case-by-case basis. Item E now reads, “Online learning students may participate in the extracurricular activities of the school district on the same basis as other enrolled students, using district policies and Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) bylaws.” The change was recommended by the MSHSL to ensure online high school students have the same opportunities as students attending traditional high schools.
Chuck Holden, chief operations officer, presented an overview of preparations for the coming school year. Buses have been serviced and are ready to roll, the child nutrition staff are ready to cook and construction projects are wrapping up all over the district. He said students will get a safe bus ride to school, attend classes in safe, attractive buildings and be served nutritious meals.
He thanked Anoka County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation for ensuring that the two-year reconstruction of County Road 14 (formerly Main Street/Highway 242) has been completed and the new entrance to Johnsville Elementary School will be ready for the opening day of school. “They have done an excellent job. They understand the deadlines,” he said. A number of construction projects around the district are also wrapping up. One of the most significant was moving all central offices under one roof at the Learning Center/Distribution Complex (LCDC) in Anoka. Some remodeling was needed to convert classroom space into office space. Instead of gutting the space and starting over, the conversion was accomplished by the addition of one or two walls in each classroom. That made it unnecessary to change heating, sprinkling and ventilating systems. In addition, doors and cabinetry were reused. The project cost $1.1 to $1.4 million and will save approximately $250,000 annually in mileage costs alone since staff will not need to make trips between the old Educational Service Center in Coon Rapids and the LCDC. The LCDC has been renamed Educational Service Center (ESC) and new signage is on order.
Construction at the former Sandburg Middle School in Anoka is nearly complete as well. The school, which has now been renamed Sandburg Education Center, closed in spring 2010. The exterior brick has been tuck-pointed and cleaned, windows were replaced and classrooms were converted into office space. It reopened last spring with offices for approximately 100 special education staff. Remodeling continued through the summer and is nearly complete. The old library on the third floor is being been converted to a School Board meeting room and will be used for the first time Sept. 24. Nine conference rooms will be available this fall and the gym space will be available for community use. Holden said the district has spent about $4.2 million on the project, which is more than $1 million under budget.
Old, yellowed gymnasium windows were replaced at Adams, University Avenue and Wilson elementary schools with new “Kal-Wall Systems.” Holden said they are a dramatic improvement over the old windows because they let in more light and are energy efficient. He noted that residents living near the schools have called to express their appreciation for the improved appearance of the schools.
Some remodeling is occurring in elementary schools to accommodate expanded prekindergarten and additional all-day-every-day kindergarten classes. The cafeteria at Champlin Park High School was redesigned so students can move through it more efficiently and spend more time eating, less time waiting in line. A number of other cafeterias are being updated.
Construction of a new baseball field, Castle Field, is underway on the grounds of Anoka High School. The district donated a five-acre site for this project to the City of Anoka, which is building and will operate the field. The field is located just south of the city-owned hockey arena on the 80-acre high school site. The district will be able to use the baseball field at no cost.
Holden said the Child Nutrition Department will implement new federal guidelines for reducing sodium and fat in school meals. Lunch prices will remain the same as last year. The Buildings and Grounds Department has deep cleaned all schools and overseen roof replacements and repairs, parking lot improvements, landscaping and more. The Health, Wellness and Safety Committee will come to the board in October with a six-year policy review of the Wellness Policy. They will conduct surveys with parents, students and staff and hope to have good feedback for the review. Following a 4 percent decrease last year, there will be no rate increase in the contract with the district’s bus contractors this year. Holden said the Transportation Department has downsized the bus fleet to match enrollments and keep costs down. He noted that there will be no changes in school start and end times this year.
Board Chair Tom Heidemann thanked Holden and his staff for doing an excellent job. He noted that a very small staff runs a $60 million operation very efficiently and flawlessly.
Chair Heidemann recessed the meeting at 8:10 p.m. John Hoffman moved and Marci Anderson seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed.
(Sept. 20, 2012) P1/CD-Dist11Aug27RegMin

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