Board summary School Board meeting summary, February 21, 2017

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Calendars

The Board approved the 2018-2019 school-year calendar as presented by John Ward, director of human resources and operations. The calendar was developed with input from teachers, parents and District administrators and was presented to the Mounds View Education Association (MVEA) leadership team for discussion through Joint Policy. The calendar contains no significant changes to traditional breaks including MEA break, Thanksgiving break, winter break and spring break. Visit the Calendars page at www.moundsviewschools.org/calendars to see the current year's calendar and the next two school year calendars.
 

Quarterly budget report and amendments

Carole Nielsen provided revenue and expenditure reports for all funds for the second quarter ending December 31, 2016. Both revenues and expenditures are within budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 and are very comparable to this time last year. Nielsen also reported on the quarterly budget amendments and investment earnings. Budget amendments include revenue and expense updates for building generated funds. The Board approved the budget amendments as presented at the meeting. For details, please visit the budgets & finance page at www.moundsviewschools.org.


School start times

The Board heard a report from high school activities directors Ron Broberg (Irondale) and Bob Madison (Mounds View). Their report outlined the impact of potential later high school start times on after-school activities. To see a snapshot of a typical day of after-school activities (using today’s start time vs. a later start time), click here.

In addition, the Board heard a report from transportation consultant Tom Watson, who indicated another option may be possible if the Board were comfortable with making some adjustments to the existing parameters. For example:
• Some elementary schools and middle schools might have slightly different start times within their levels.
• For efficiency, the entire fleet of different-sized buses might be used more creatively, depending on neighborhood densities or traffic patterns. For example:
o Rather than use a small bus for a run serving only a few students, use a large bus so that it can add on a second run that can serve more students.
o Add a second run to a small kindergarten bus route into a neighborhood that is sparsely populated.
o In neighborhoods where distance is great and students are few, combine middle school and high school students on one bus.

The Board agreed to flexibility with the parameters if another option can be created. The Board asked administration to work with Tom Watson and to bring updates to a future meeting. 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.


Updates

The Board discussed issues and updates related to Northeast Metro 916 and AMSD.


Thank you

The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Allina Health Community Engagement, Rahul Verma, Therese LaValle, Leonard & Catalina Lisson, Seth Rosin, Orbital ATK, Inc., Exxon Mobil of Shoreview, Exxon Mobil Education Alliance Program, Feng Family, Wells Fargo Community Support, Terry & Thiamsiri Lemke, Eric Boyum, Eric Bakke, Evan Schnell, April Delcastillo, New Brighton Police Dept., and David Jenkin.


A look ahead

March 2, 6 p.m., work session
March 14, 7 p.m., regular meeting
 
 
 
 
 

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