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School Board special meeting scheduled for April 6

The District 196 School Board will hold its meetings by videoconference starting April 6 until further notice, due to the state order to limit person-to-person contact in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota Statutes 13D.021 allows government bodies like school boards to hold meetings by videoconference, teleconference or other electronic means. 

Due to the pandemic, it is not feasible for any member of the board, superintendent or the school district’s legal counsel to be physically present at the regular meeting location, or for members of the public to be present at the regular meeting location. Board members, the superintendent and presenters will be in remote locations and participate inmeetings by videoconference. All members of the School Board will be able to hear and participate in the discussion, and all votes will be conducted by roll call.

Members of the public may monitor meetings by watching a live stream on the District 196 YouTube channel. Regular School Board meetings will also be streamed live on the district’s educational access channel. Members of the public may submit a question or comment in advance of the meeting by emailing the administrative assistant to the superintendent and school board at caley.jorgensen@district196.org. Members of the public may request an invitation to the meeting if they wish to comment on an agenda item during the meeting by emailing caley.jorgensen@district196.org.
 

To participate during the meeting, members of the public must be set up in advance to use Zoom videoconferencing. Materials for agenda items are available at www.District196.org/about/school-board/, then click School Board Meetings and Agendas.

The first meeting conducted by videoconference will be a special School Board meeting on Monday, April 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The agenda includes a presale report on the issuance of $8,945,000 in certificates of participation to finance construction of artificial turf athletic fields at Eagan and Rosemount high schools, as discussed at board meetings earlier this year. If the presale report is approved on April 6, the board is expected to take action on financing at its April 13 regular meeting. If financing is approved and bids are awarded on April 13, construction of the artificial turf fields at Eagan and Rosemount high schools would begin this spring and be completed for the start of the 2020-21 school year this fall. Construction of artificial turf fields are also planned for Apple Valley and Eastview high schools in spring/summer 2021 in a second phase of the project that would require separate financing and board action.

Among other items at its April 6 special meeting, the board will also take action on a resolution to support Dakota County’s bonding request for $4.6 million in state funding for construction of safety improvements on Diffley Road, Braddock Trail and the campuses of Northview Elementary School, Dakota Hills Middle School and Eagan High School.