School Board meeting summary, April 14, 2015

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    Turf replacement approved
    The District installed artificial turf at Mounds View High School in 2004 and at Irondale High School in 2005. At the time of installation, a less than 10-year life expectancy of both fields was estimated. Both fields have exceeded their life expectancy. Two years ago, the District began to plan for turf replacement. During the Board meeting on April 14, 2015, the Board authorized the District to enter into a contract with FieldTurf for turf installation at Mounds View High School this summer. The new replacement field will use an increasingly popular infill that is non-toxic, eco-friendly, recyclable, and meets all state and federal guidelines. Alternative facilities funding will be used to cover expenses of $580,590 for turf replacement and $105,000 for installation. Alternative facilities funding covers expenses related to deterioration of existing facilities. Irondale High School is scheduled for turf replacement in summer 2016. Although no formal bids have been approved, it is anticipated that Irondale will replace its field with a similar or comparable product as chosen for Mounds View.

    School Improvement Process
    Bel Air Elementary School principal Dawn Wiegand, instructional support facilitator Sue Scott, and teachers Will Humke, Jean Modjeski, Dawn Ralston and Andrea Rehder presented a report focused on the school improvement process at Bel Air Elementary School. The report highlighted the improvement efforts that are being made at Bel Air this year, including a focus on math, science, language arts and school climate. For details, find the agenda item in the Board meeting bookmarks section here or download the presentation here
     
    Termination of probationary staff 
    Due to decreases/changes in enrollment, elimination of positions, uncertainty of funding, lack of funds, performance or return from leave of senior teachers, the Board voted to terminate 46 probationary teachers and seven probationary learning resource teaching staff. 
     
    Proposed placement of certified staff on unrequested leave 
    Due to decreases/changes in enrollment, elimination of positions, uncertainty of funding, lack of funds, requests for voluntary unrequested leave of absence, or return from leave of senior teachers, the Board voted to propose two teaching positions and eight learning resource teaching staff positions for unrequested leave of absence.

    Updates
    The Board provided AMSD/legislative updates and 916 updates.
     
    Thank you
    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, Tom & Dawn Skwarek, Target Take Charge of Education, Medtronic YourCause, LLC, Irondale Boys Hoops Club, Scholarship AMERICA, Irondale Nordic Ski Foundation, Irondale Band Booster Club, Doug & Camilla Shimonek, Patricia Odne, Thomas & Jane Schultz, Kenneth & Joan Zwach, Steven & Kristi Zwach, Mary Whalen, Brooks & Theresa Walbon, Highview families, Allina Health Dollars for Doers, TEI Service, Amy Becker, Karin & Mike Meloch, Muriel & Rollie Seltz, Thomas Neafus, Amy Stellmack, Mark Solfest, Wells Fargo Foundation, Hiskey family, The Saint Paul Foundation, Jason Miller, Kirstin Johnston, Peggy Guiang, Lisa Parsons, Wells Fargo Foundation, The Benevity Community Impact Fund, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Shawn Nelson, Lynn & Bill Dolan, David & Julie Ellis, Krause Gentle Foundation, Richard Klauer, Blaine & Lee Jones, Kristine & Alan Heaton, Amanda & Gary Rick, Susan & Robert Osburn, Jr., Janie & Brian Hecht, Megan Gangl, Jeffrey Sherman, and Deluxe Corporation Foundation. 

    A look ahead
    April 28, 7 p.m., regular meeting
    May 7, 6 p.m., work session