School Board meeting summary, January 10, 2017
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Budget assumptionsCarole Nielsen, director of finance, presented an updated report on budget assumptions for fiscal year 2017-2018. The budget process continues as scheduled. The school site budget committees will be convened, the Minnesota legislative session has begun and certified staffing information is being prepared. A review of the budget assumptions was heard and will be further refined before they are approved at the next School Board meeting. Final budget assumptions will be used in financial projections and in determining the final budget. The final 2017-2018 budget will be adopted in June 2017. For more details, please visit the Budgets & Finance page at www.moundsviewschools.org.
The Board reaffirmed its commitment to establishing later high school start times and indicated it will make a decision later this spring.
School start times
“The feedback we’ve received indicates a wide-variety of thoughts on start times in general,” said Board chair Amy Jones. “We need to take more time to gather more information before making a decision. In the coming weeks and months, we will revisit our parameters and ask administration to work with our transportation consultant to determine if additional options may be possible. We will also seek community feedback on any additional options that may be developed.”
As a result of this spring decision, implementation of the new start times will go into effect in the fall of 2018 – not the fall of 2017 as previously expected. This extension will be necessary operationally and also with respect for the time families and staff need in order to adjust to a new schedule.
Communication and information about start times will continue to be shared with families through e-newsletters, at School Board meetings and updated at www.moundsviewschools.org/starttimes.
Legislative prioritiesAt the January 5 Board work session, Board members discussed their legislative priorities for the 2017 session with the District's local legislators. The top three priorities are available in detail here and include:
STEAM implementation and planningOne of the District Operational Plan goals for 2016-2017 is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, and Karl Brown, director of technology and community ed, provided an update on the progress toward this goal. The report included a status update for each level as it relates to curriculum and programming, facilities, technology and training. See the full report here.
UpdatesThe Board discussed issues and updates related to AMSD.
Thank youThe Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Wells Fargo Matching Gifts Program, Roger Challman, Larry & Martha Harsch, Gordon & Jackie Knott, Suzanne Butzoe, Lifetouch, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Pam Axberg, New Brighton Lions Club, Pam Patterson, Johnson Screens, Travelers Employee Giving Campaign, Jane Curtin, Brian & Breanna Peloquin, Steven & Kristi Zwach, Parker Martinson, Medtronic Volunteer Grant Program, Thomas & Diane Hinds, Sibley Boyum, Paul & Laura Blincow, Cynthia Brown, Justun Coleman, Daniel Larson, Scott Gavett, Kristin Gavett, Ned Storla, Nancy Oakland-Potter, G & K Services, Aletz Schulte, Charles Saxton, Daniel Galvin family, and Stacy & Phillip Kjelland.
A look ahead
January 24, 7 p.m., regular meeting
February 2, 6 p.m., work session
February 21, 7 p.m., regular meeting
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