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School Board meeting summary, March 29, 2016

Board summary

School Board meeting summary, March 29, 2016

 

Board realigns two attendance areas

Mounds View Public Schools has two neighborhood attendance areas that do not align logically with their neighborhood school. Currently about 69 Pinewood Elementary School students and 94 Sunnyside Elementary School students must cross Highway 10 to attend school. At the March 29 School Board meeting, the Board approved an administration recommendation to swap the two attendance areas to better align neighborhoods with schools, beginning with the 2016-17 school year. To date, schools have contacted all parents in both attendance areas to explain the options that are available to them, including the option to have currently attending students remain in their current school or choose to transfer to the new school.

To view the previous attendance area map and the revised attendance area map, visit here. The revised District map also illustrates the enrollment areas assigned to the Rice Creek Commons development in Arden Hills which will send students to the following schools: Pinewood Elementary School, Sunnyside Elementary School, Edgewood Middle School and Irondale High School.
 

Summer programs report

Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, and Doug Bullinger, continuous improvement coordinator, provided an overview of 2016 summer programs. Improvements and adjustments to summer programs are ongoing to better meet the needs of students and to ensure that all students are prepared for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, visit the summer programs page.

Instructional technology report

Karl Brown, director of technology and community education, provided an update on the District Operational Plan (DOP) goal to promote high quality instruction through the use of technology. The three-year plan to provide all homeroom and core teachers in grades three to 12 with classroom sets of technology devices is in its second phase. In 2016, more than 100 teachers were provided sets of Chromebooks to be used in the classroom. Teacher representatives shared with the Board their experiences using the devices with students during classroom time. 
 

Ratification of employment contracts 

The Board approved the proposed contracts between the School District and the Nutrition Services Association, the Custodial Union and the Paraprofessional Union as presented for 2015-2017. 
 
Negotiations between the School Board and the Mounds View Nutrition Services Association reached a tentative agreement on the 2015-2017 contract on February 9, 2016. The members of the Nutrition Services unit ratified the agreement on February 23, 2016. Major contract points include:
  • a 2 percent increase to the wage schedule in each year of the contract,
  • an off-schedule payment of $250 (.30 per hour) in year one and $335 (.40 per hour) in year two and
  • added single dental insurance benefit.
The total Nutrition Services Association contract increase is $158,624 or 5.5 percent for the two-year period.
 
Negotiations between the School Board and the Custodial Union of School Service Employees, Local 284, reached a tentative agreement on the 2015-2017 contract on February 9, 2016. The members of the custodial unit ratified the agreement on March 15, 2016. Major contract points include:
  • a 1 percent increase to the wage schedule in year one and a 3 percent increase in year two of the contract,
  • an off-schedule payment of $1,145 (.55 per hour) in year one and $1,500 (.70 per hour) in year two and
  • differentiated pay for building lead positions and BGT trade licenses.
The total contract increase for the Custodial Union of School Service Employees, Local 284, is $495,889 or 5.6 percent for the two-year period.
 
Negotiations between the School Board and the Paraprofessional Union of School Service Employees, Local 284, reached an agreement on the 2015-2017 contract on February 9, 2016. The members of the paraprofessional unit ratified the agreement on March 3, 2016. Major contract points include:
  • a 1.75 percent increase to the wages schedule in year one and a 2 percent increase in year two of the contract,
  • an off-schedule payment of $870 (changed from .75 to .85 an hour) both years of the contract and
  • added family health insurance benefit based on 65 percent for the two-year period.

    The total contract increase for the Paraprofessional Union of School Service Employees, Local 284, is $1,145,182 or 5.6 percent for the two-year period.  

Facilities report

A recent enrollment and housing study confirms that today’s enrollment of nearly 11,000 students is the highest level in 14 years. Over the past five years, resident enrollment has increased by 728 students. For a variety of reasons (including birth rates, housing developments and in-demand schools valued by families), resident enrollment is projected to increase 18-29 percent in the next 10 years.
 
As a result of this increasing enrollment, at the February 9 School Board meeting, the Board directed administration to begin a comprehensive facilities study. Assistant Superintendent Chris Lennox provided an overview of work completed to date and suggested next steps. The initial audit revealed that the median utilization of instructional space is currently at 99 percent in elementary schools, 85 percent in middle schools and 89 percent in high schools. Five-year projections indicate median utilization of instructional space will reach 107 percent in elementary schools, 95 percent in middle schools and 93 percent in high schools.

Next steps in this ongoing facilities study include partnering with an architectural group for planning and evaluation, creating a charge statement for addressing facility needs, assembling a community advisory group and establishing a timeline for this work.
 

Superintendent Hoverman announces retirement 

Superintendent Dan Hoverman announced his intention to retire at the end of the current school year effective June 30, 2016. His announcement comes after 41 years with Mounds View Public Schools, and as he concludes his third three-year contract as Superintendent. The Board will address the Superintendent position vacancy at the next regular meeting of the School Board on April 12. For details, click here


Thank you

The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Target Take Charge of Education, The Eggen Family, Jill Peterson, Barbara Koch, Joann Coombs, Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, Lifetouch, Valentine Hills PTA, Emily & Todd Lang, Caroline’s Kids Foundation, Caroline Amplatz Giving, Ryan Porisch, Bill & Mary Book​, Jane Washington, Eric Boyum​, Robyne Teff​, Kristine Rimbey​, Allina Health Community Engagement​, Mark Solfes​t, Kris Wenner​, Heather Martell​, Northview Dental​, Joe Stepka​ and Shelly Schoeller.


A look ahead

April 7, 6 p.m. work session
April 12, 6 p.m. public hearing
April 12, 7 p.m. regular meeting​

 
 

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