School Board meeting summary, September 15, 2015

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    Ratification of the teacher contract
    The Board approved the tentative agreement with members of the Mounds View Education Association (MVEA) bargaining unit for the 2015-17 collective bargaining agreement. Major contract points are below.
    • An increase to the salary schedule of 1.7% in year 1 and 2.0% in year 2.
    • A negotiated one-time payment in each year of the contract that does not create ongoing legacy costs.
    • Increase in 403(b) by $100 for an annual match of $3,200.
    • Total contract increase is 5.84 percent.

    Enrollment update

    Carole Nielsen, finance director, and Cindy Fyle, student information and reporting, presented an enrollment update for the 2015-2016 school year. As of early September, 10,894 students have enrolled in Mounds View Public Schools. This year’s enrollment is an increase of 383 students from last October 1 reporting. All core class sizes meet School Board approved ranges. For details, please click on agenda item 4.2 in the bookmarks section here.

    Ramsey County Library lease/purchase

    The Board approved the lease purchase agreement with Ramsey County as presented by Carole Nielsen, director of finance. This agreement will make the property available to the District after January 2017. Moving the administrative offices to the facility will open up instructional space at Snail Lake Education Center and will allow for program expansion for pre-school aged students across the District.

    Proposed property taxes
    State Law requires school boards to certify their proposed property taxes by September 30. Carole Nielsen presented a summary of the proposed property taxes payable 2016 for all funds with comparisons to taxes payable in 2015. The proposed taxes for 2016 total $44,407,834, which is an increase of $1,221,962 or 2.8 percent more than final taxes payable 2015. Ramsey County anticipates mailing truth in taxation notices mid November 2015. Mounds View Public Schools will discuss the budget and the final property tax levy for 2015 at a focused forum scheduled before its regularly scheduled 7 p.m. Board meeting on December 8, 2015, at Snail Lake Education Center, when it will certify final property taxes. For more information, please visit the Budgets and Finance page at

    Curriculum Advisory Committee
    Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, and Gretchen Zahn, curriculum coordinator, provided information about the District's Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC). CAC is made up of representatives from all communities served by the school district including parents and community members. Principals, teachers and District administrative staff also attend meetings and participate actively. The Committee provides input to the work that the District focuses on to create and maintain a positive learning environment for all students. To review the CAC report presented to the Board, please click here.

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

    Thank you
    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Verizon Wireless Foundation, The Kula Foundation, Allina Health System, Medtronic, Roger & Ellen Lillemoen, U of M Materials Research Science & Engineering Center-Energy & U, Valentine Hills Class of 1994, Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, Truist Comprehensive Distribution – Target, Cecilia & Brad Buetow, Tomi McLellan, Joan & Ken Zwach, City of Mounds View Neighbors Night Out, Jenny Burgers, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Dept., Brenda & Kevin Roloff, Mary Anderson, and Gradient.

    A look ahead
    Oct. 1, 6 p.m. work session
    Oct. 13, 7 p.m. regular meeting