Carole Nielsen, director of finance, presented an enrollment update for the 2016-2017 school year. Current enrollment projections indicate 11,025 students are expected to attend Mounds View Public Schools this fall. This would represent 131 more students than last fall, and three 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 schoolCabinet members reported on all aspects of school operations in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year, including transportation services, nutrition services, human resources, facilities, technology and communications. All support areas are ready to welcome students on September 6.
Summer work by teachers
The summer months provide valuable extended work time and professional learning time for District staff. Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, presented the Board with an update on summer work by teachers. Activities were facilitated by instructional support staff and teacher leaders this summer to engage teams of teachers in curriculum projects and professional development activities. These activities were designed to address District goals and program improvement priorities including teacher readiness, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and effective instructional strategies including use of technology. Most curriculum projects began immediately after the close of school in June and are scheduled for completion in August and September. Other projects are being completed in phases and will extend over a longer period of time.
The Board provided AMSD and Northeast Metro 916 updates.
The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Johnson Controls, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Matching Gift Program, Warren & Jan Melles, Fridley American Legion, Kopp Family Foundation, Mounds View Alumni, Sherry Lou Engebretsen Memorial, Vadnais Heights Community Foundation, Becky Wielinski, MAT Properties, Lifetouch, Jodi Maurer-Knudson Memorial Fund, Aldi’s, Cub Foods Arden Hills, Cub Foods New Brighton, Deloitte, Eagle Brook Church, Edgewood Middle School, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Lake Region Hockey, Rob & Nunciata Covey, Deluxe Corporation, Dollar Tree Store, Emmanuel Covenant Church, Lake O’Lakes Foundation, MVEA, St. Odilia Council of Catholic Women, The Kula Foundation, Travelers Employee Giving Campaign, Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign and Kristy Alexander.
A look ahead
September 20, 6 p.m., work session
September 20, 7 p.m., regular meeting