School Board meeting summary, September 17, 2014
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Carole Nielsen, finance director, and Cindy Fyle, student information and reporting, presented an enrollment update for the 2014-2015 school year. As of early September, 10,518 students have enrolled in Mounds View Public Schools. This year's enrollment is an increase of 282 students from last October 1 reporting. All core class sizes meet School Board approved ranges. For details, please click on agenda item 4.1 in the bookmarks section here.
Proposed property taxes
State Law requires school boards to certify their proposed property taxes by September 30. Carole Nielsen presented a summary of the proposed property taxes payable 2015 for all funds with comparisons to taxes payable in 2014. The proposed taxes for 2015 total $43,327,373, which is an increase of $1,831,870 or 4.4 percent more than final taxes payable 2014. The two main areas of increase are referendum funding and lease levy for instructional space, which both are directly influenced by increased student enrollment. Ramsey County anticipates mailing truth in taxation notices mid November 2014. Mounds View Public Schools will discuss the budget and the final property tax levy for 2015 at a focused forum scheduled before its regularly scheduled 7 p.m. Board meeting on December 9, 2014, at Snail Lake Education Center, when it will certify final property taxes. For more information, please visit the Budgets and Finance page.
Safe Schools Legislation
John Ward, director of human resources and operations, presented a report on the District's efforts to comply with the statutory requirements of the Safe and Secure Schools Act enacted during the last legislative session. For details, please click on agenda item 4.3 in the bookmarks section here.
Kindergarten Center program administrators Jill Arendt (Snail Lake Education Center) and Lindsey Boumgarden (Pike Lake Education Center) provided an update on the opening of Kindergarten Centers. The full report can be seen by clicking on agenda item 5.1 in the bookmarks section here. It includes updates on facilities, staffing, programs, communications and transportation.
World's Best Workforce
The World's Best Workforce (WBWF) bill was passed in 2013 to ensure every school district in the state is making strides to increase student performance. The components of WBWF are areas that Mounds View Public Schools has been working on for a number of years as part of the District's continuous improvement process. The World's Best Work Force provides the District with a platform to organize and communicate this work to the School Board, the public and the State of Minnesota. Click on agenda item 5.2 in the bookmarks section here for the report which was provided by Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, and Gretchen Zahn, curriculum coordinator. The presentation includes updates on the plan that Mound View Public Schools has developed to address the following five goals:
- All children are ready for school.
- All third-graders can read at grade level.
- All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed.
- All students are ready for career and college.
- All students graduate from high school.
The Board discussed issues and updates related to AMSD and Northeast Metro 916.
The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Target Take Charge of Education, Carl & JoAnn Arney, Matthew & Nancy Pehl, and Kathy Paula.
A look ahead
Oct. 2, 6 p.m. work session
Oct. 21, 7 p.m. regular meeting