School Board meeting summary, April 14, 2015
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Turf replacement approved
The District installed artificial turf at Mounds View High School in 2004 and at Irondale High School in 2005. At the time of installation, a less than 10-year life expectancy of both fields was estimated. Both fields have exceeded their life expectancy. Two years ago, the District began to plan for turf replacement. During the Board meeting on April 14, 2015, the Board authorized the District to enter into a contract with FieldTurf for turf installation at Mounds View High School this summer. The new replacement field will use an increasingly popular infill that is non-toxic, eco-friendly, recyclable, and meets all state and federal guidelines. Alternative facilities funding will be used to cover expenses of $580,590 for turf replacement and $105,000 for installation. Alternative facilities funding covers expenses related to deterioration of existing facilities. Irondale High School is scheduled for turf replacement in summer 2016. Although no formal bids have been approved, it is anticipated that Irondale will replace its field with a similar or comparable product as chosen for Mounds View.
Due to decreases/changes in enrollment, elimination of positions, uncertainty of funding, lack of funds, requests for voluntary unrequested leave of absence, or return from leave of senior teachers, the Board voted to propose two teaching positions and eight learning resource teaching staff positions for unrequested leave of absence.