School Board meeting summary, August 18, 2015
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Carole Nielsen, director of finance, presented an enrollment update for the 2015-2016 school year. Current enrollment projections indicate 10,894 students projected to attend Mounds View Public Schools this fall. This would represent 318 more students than projected. However, actual headcounts taken after school starts typically produce a smaller total than late summer enrollment projections. Currently, all projected class sizes meet Board-approved ranges. All enrollment data will be monitored through the start of the school year. For a chart of currently projected enrollments and average class sizes by school and grade, click here.
Readiness for school
Cabinet members reported on all aspects of school operations in preparation for the 2015-2016 school year, including transportation services, nutrition services, human resources, facilities, technology and communications. All support areas are ready to welcome students on September 8.
Ratification of principal contract
The Board approved an agreement with the members of the Principal's Association for the 2015-17 collective bargaining agreement. Major contract points are:
- Salary market adjustment ranging from 0 percent to 3 percent in year one and a 3 percent increase in year two.
- Increase the 403b match from $3,000 to $3,200.
- Increase the HRA match from $2,000 to $2,500.
- Total contract increase is 5.16 percent over the two-year period.
The Board approved an increase to salary and benefits for employees not affiliated with an organized bargaining unit. Major compensation points include:
- Salary market increase in wages ranging from 2 percent to 3 percent in fiscal year 2015-2016 and fiscal year 2016-2017.
- An increase in the 403b match from $3,000 to $3,200.
- Total cost increase is 3.93 percent over the two-year period.
Summer work by teachers
Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, presented an overview of the District's summer curriculum projects and staff development activities. These activities were designed to address District goals and program improvement priorities including Teacher Development & Appraisal Process (TDAP), standards-based instruction, monitoring student progress, post-secondary readiness, and effective instructional strategies including the use of technology. Most of the curriculum projects began in June and are scheduled for completion in August or September. Other projects are being completed in phases and will extend over a longer period of time. District instructional support staff and teacher leaders facilitated the activities throughout the summer months.
The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Wells Fargo Foundation, Truist, Ronald & Marlys Ousky, Wells Fargo Matching Gifts, Sunnyside PTA, Johnson Controls, Medtronic, Deluxe Corporation Foundation, Target Take Charge of Education, Target #ThanksaBillion program, Marybeth Shinn & David Krantz, 916 Education Foundation, Arden Hills/Shoreview Rotary, Chalkboard Capers, Comcast Leaders, N. Suburban St. Paul Golden K Kiwanis Club, Destination Education Scholarship Foundation, Don Segner Memorial Scholarship, Eggert Family Dentistry, Fridley American Legion Post #303, Jodi Mauer-Knudson Memorial Scholarship, Joseph F. Kunze Scholarship, Kopp Family Foundation, Mounds View Basketball Association, Mounds View Community Theatre Fine Arts Scholarship, Mounds View Alumni Association, Mounds View Schools Education Foundation, Mustang Club Scholarship, Mounds View Alumni Wrestling Association, New Brighton Fraternal Order of Eagles, Auxiliary #3718, New Brighton Lions Club, North Suburban Community Foundation Ashbach Family Fund, Sherry Lou Engebretsen Memorial Fund, Soup It Up for Kids, Thank You Scholarship, Vadnais Heights Community Partners, Wallin Education Foundation, William E. & Rose A. Bailiff Memorial.
A look ahead
September 15, 7 p.m., regular meeting