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MINUTES <br /> OF THE JOINT WORK SESSION OF THE <br /> EDINA CITY COUNCIL AND EDINA SCHOOL BOARD <br /> HELD AT EDINA COMMUNITY CENTER <br /> 5701 NORMANDALE ROAD <br /> SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 <br /> 6:00 P.M. <br /> Edina School Board Vice Chair Almog welcomed attendees and asked everyone to introduce <br /> themselves. Attending for the Edina City Council were Members Bennett, Brindle, Housh,Swenson <br /> and Mayor Hovland. Edina School Board Members in attendance were Members Almog, Cella, <br /> Hedberg, Ledder, Robb and Chair Meyer. Edina School District Staff included: Ric Dressen, <br /> Superintendent; Doug Johnson, Director of Community Education Services & Community Relations; <br /> Jay Willemssen, Director of Business Services; and Jenni Norlin-Weaver, Director of Teaching and <br /> Learning. Edina City Staff present: Gordon Hughes, City Manager; Heather Worthington, Assistant <br /> City Manager; John Keprios, Park & Recreation Director; John Wallin, Finance Director; Jennifer <br /> Bennerotte, Communications & Marketing Director; Mike Siitari, Police Chief; and Debra Mangen, <br /> City Clerk. <br /> Superintendent Dressen presented a framed Family Circle Best Towns for Families magazine cover <br /> to Mayor Hovland and expressed the pride that the Edina community had received this distinction. <br /> Dr. Dressen briefly reviewed the School District as it related to finances, projects and the new school <br /> year. He noted the District had reduced its $72 million dollar budget by $1.6 million, the District was <br /> close to capacity with an enrollment of 7,884 students and a wait list of students, had enacted a <br /> more individualized educational approach for each student, and had done a goal alignment for <br /> classrooms and staff. <br /> City Manager Hughes noted the City of Edina had previously received about 3/4 of one percent of its <br /> annual budget in aid which had all been lost. Mr. Hughes stated that revenues were down with <br /> lower than anticipated building of commercial properties and greater than normal tax delinquencies. <br /> He reviewed the proposed costs savings that will be utilized in 2010 such as mandatory furloughs, <br /> wage freeze, and the end of Dial-A-Ride. Mr. Hughes noted that single family construction remained <br /> strong and concluded the City had receiving an Emmy for its Peddlers and Solicitors public safety <br /> announcement. He asked Chief Siitari to briefly review crime statistics. Chief Siitari noted that while <br /> violent crime was down, they had seen an increase underage consumption, burglaries and thefts <br /> from autos. <br /> Discussion topics included: Edina High School's conference status, the 2010 levies for both ISD <br /> 273 and the City, Social Host Policy, H 1 N 1 influenza, outdoor facilities, sprinkling of athletic fields, <br /> Pamela Park master plan, Safe Routes to School, work on a potential Bike Safe Routes to School, <br /> potential re-use of existing Public Works site, and location of the School District's bus garage. <br /> The meeting was adjourned at 6:58 p.m. <br /> Respectfully submitted, A U11 <br /> Debra Mangen, City Jerk <br /> Minutes approved by Edina City Council, October 6, 2009. <br /> James B. Hovland, Mayor <br />