Metro West UniServ

An Education Minnesota intermediate organization



Metro West Governing Board Meeting

Thursday, January 24, 2019

ED MN Southwest Metro Office

7242 Metro Blvd, Suite 200

Edina, MN 55439



Those of Attendance:

Kay Carlson, SLP, President

Melissa Benjamin,Orono, Vice President

Rose Korst, SLP, Secretary

Marti Zins, Treasurer

Chris Watkins, SLP

Chris Commers, ECCS

Shelly Sutherland, ECCS

Marc Doepner, Westonka

Monica Byron, Richfield

Mike Harris, Richfield

Mark Broten, Minnetonka

Ann Hersman, Minnetonka

Adam Tillotson, Wayzata

Anne Naumann, Wayzata

Adam Janiak, EdMN Field Staff

Jodee Buhr, EdMN Lobby Team

Kathi Micheletti , EdMN Lobby Team



Kay Carlson called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm.


Adam Janiak introduced our speakers for this evening who gave the following report.

Lobbyist Report from Ed Mn.  Jodee Buhr and Kathi Micheletti


Reminded us as to who won the Mn elections

All EdMn endorsed candidates won

Special Election Feb 5  (endorsed Stuart Lorry)

Went over election results 

Thanks to all who helped with the election.

2019 Legislative Session has begun.

Started January 8, done by May 20.


DFL is now in control of the House:

Melissa Hortman, Speaker

Ryan Winkler, Majority Leader

New Education Committee Chairs:  Jim Davnie, Finance

Cheryl Youakim, Policy

Dave Pinto, Early Childhood

Republicans control the Senate

DFL Governor Tim Waltz

Lt Governor Peggy Flanagan


What can we do to Think Big?  (new priorities for EdMN)


Big topics for this year:

a)Formula plus


c)Educator and School safety

d)Student support services

e) Teacher's Pay and benefits


Policy Items:

a) Teacher licensure

b)Early chilldhool licensure


d)SPED: funding, online system (begin to address the paper issue for sp ed educators training (needs money for their training—funding for 16 hrs. per para)

SF1 (Nelson) school linked mental health grants

SF7 (Nelson)  safe schoools levy/aid

HF1 (Pinto) focus on birth-3, home visiting, child care provider grants, makes school readiness plus permanent

HF2 (Edelson) school linked mental health grants. TOC and GYO grants


2019 Legislative Session

Health care




You are powerful!

Lobby Days

Unity Day 3/13

Rally! 518

Education town halls


Capitol Connection/social media



Tonight's agenda approved.

MOTION: approve Nov 2018 Minutes 

Moved C. Commers, Seconded C. Watkins   




1.  Treasurer's Report, Marti Zins

Checking balance:  $10,239.80    Savings balance: $52,608.06

Some districts have yet to finish paying your dues.  See Final Dues Statement from Metro West Unisev to discover if your district still owes.  (hint:  most do)

Marti distributed an expense/income voucher form for 2018-19

Motion to approve treasurer's report:  moved Mark B seconded Marc D



2.  Adam Janiak:  we have more EdMN members than we did last year.


3.Kay Carlson:  IO grants     Outstate IO's often have great distances to drive to attend a meeting.   Outstate IO's often have to charge much more for membership because of lower affiliation. 


4.  Treasurer's Handbook came out.  Thank you Marti.   

The handbook is a great help to locals.


5.Monica Byron:  No report from the Board of Directors.  No meeting since we last met.   Off line meeting to discuss goals for the year.  Any questions, send Monica an email.


6.Marc Doepner:  our next meeting is about negotiations.  Bring a negotiator with you (only one please).  Also update negotiations file Marc sent to everyone.  Health care premium cost and how it is paid is good info to have when comparing plans with others.  Marc will resend the link to everyone.


 Here it is:​?​usp=sharing


7.Melissa Benjamin:  website for Metro West  Up to date.


8.  Adam Janiak:  Collective Bargarning Conference is Feb 1-2.  We need to have registrations sooner than later.  You won't be turned away, but we need numbers to create adequate materials for everyone. Unity Day is 3/13.

Presidents, please plan to come and share if you can.  Talk about several issues near and dear to our educators.  Create postcards with factual info to leave with the lawmakers.


9.  Woman's March:  Paula Klinger  Wants background on the march and funding for it.  President Sprecht wants people to come and rally for it.

a)  about woman's rights and equity

b)  EdMN was a visionary sponsor.  Monetary donation of $2500.00  EdMN logo was visible in this march and websites were linked.

c)  4 things looked at to sponsor:

     1-how does it impact education

     2- Union based

     3-does it impact our member

     4-does it impact our students


10.  TRA elections.  Please elect people EdMN supports and who understand unionism.



11. All candidates running for an office with be at our March 14 RA at the Minneapolis Marriott West.  Please make sure all amendments are submitted so we can present them.  It is a really important meeting.



Motion to adjourn:  Moved Marc D  seconded Mark B


The meeting adjourned at 7:07 pm





Rose Korst, Secretary

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