School Board meeting summary, December 8, 2015


  • Board summary

    School Board meeting summary, December 8, 2015 

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    Property tax levy

    The Board approved a resolution to certify the 2016 property tax levy. The final certification will be forwarded to Ramsey County for processing of the final property tax statement. The property tax revenue will be available to the District for the 2016-2017 school year. The total levy amount is $44,125,435, which is 2.2 percent greater than 2015 final taxes. These levies can be categorized in several ways such as accounting fund, by voter approved and other levies, or by formula. For more information, please visit the Budgets & Finance page at www.moundsviewschools.org.
     

    Ramsey County Library Easement

    At the September 15, 2015, Board meeting the School Board approved the lease purchase of the current Ramsey County Library in Shoreview. At the meeting on December 8, 2015, the Board adopted a resolution to execute the easement agreement drafted between the City of Shoreview and Mounds View Public Schools. The easement agreement provides for shared access for vehicles and parking along with outdoor maintenance and snow removal. 

    Non-resident enrollment closed

    For years, the District has worked closely with former state demographer Hazel Reinhardt to monitor enrollment trends. Today, Mounds View’s enrollment history is showing a clear trend of continuous increases. In the past five years (since 2010-11), resident enrollment is up 728 students (8.2 percent). This increase is concentrated in the elementary grades.

    Why has enrollment been increasing?
    • More resident students are joining us than those leaving us. In the past five years, net migration has added 745 students.
    • Kindergarten classes are larger than 12th-grade classes. 
    • District resident births have increased. This suggests larger future kindergarten classes.
    • We’re capturing more of our market. Mounds View typically has enrolled 80 percent of all possible resident students. Recently, this capture rate has grown to 84.2 percent. This is the highest we’ve experienced, and this increasing trend is not happening in other metro school districts.
    Based on these indicators, enrollment projections indicate a trend of increasing enrollment for the next several years. Although the District’s facilities are currently right-sized, we will continue to monitor how enrollment trends could impact capacities in our school buildings.

    As a result of this trend and our future outlook for building capacities, the School Board approved the District administration’s recommendation to close new open enrollment options throughout Mounds View Public Schools for the 2016-17 school year. In addition, it is highly likely that the District will be closed to open enrollment for the foreseeable future although this decision will be made on an annual basis.

    Siblings of students currently attending a District school will continue to be approved to attend. Families with siblings must still apply during the regular open enrollment time period of December 1 through January 15, 2016.

    As with open enrollment, new in-district transfer options will also be closed for the 2016-17 school year, with the exception of siblings of students currently attending a school outside of their attendance area, families with verifiable daycare in the requested school area or students with a documented and compelling educational need. Families with siblings or daycare must apply during the regular open enrollment time period of December 1 through January 15, 2016. Families who believe that their student has a compelling educational need must also apply during this same time period.
     

    Updates 

    The Board discussed issues and updates related to AMSD, 916 and Northwest Suburban Integration District. 

    Thank you

    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Land O’Lakes, New Brighton Aerie, Andrew & Susan Whitman, New Brighton Lions Club, Jim & Jean Colletti, Roger Challman, Irondale Boys Hoops Club, Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, Twin Cities in Motion, Gary & Kim Meelhause, J.B. & Brenda Lewis, Mounds View Lions Club, Valerie & Brian Wise, Brad Boser, Truist-Target, All Strings Attached, Eric Bakke, Shane Lourey, Sean Hohnstadt, Zachary Wellner, John Hiskey, H.B. Fuller Co. Foundation, Valentine Hills Families, Dawn Switala-King, Sarah Groen, Dana Lehigh, Martha Zilge, Shanon Mildenberger, Lisa Christianson, Jane & Tom Schultz, and Calvary Baptist Church.

    A look ahead

    January 7, 5 p.m. work session
    January 12, 7 p.m. regular meeting
    January 26, 6:15 p.m. work session
    January 26, 7 p.m. regular meeting