School Board meeting summary, January 27, 2015

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    Budget assumptions
    The Board approved the budget assumptions for fiscal year 2015-2016 as presented by Carole Nielsen, director of finance. Each year at this time, school budget committees are formed to advise each school principal on the use of resources allocated to the site from the District's budget. Along with the resource allocation, committees are given a list of parameters and timelines to guide the process and ensure that budget decisions will be equitable across the District and will result in program integrity. Budget assumptions will be used in financial projections and in determining the final budget. The final 2015-2016 budget will be adopted in June 2015. For more details, please visit the Budgets & Finance page at

    Instructional technology
    Karl Brown, director of technology and community education, and Gretchen Zahn, curriculum coordinator, provided an update on the District Operational Plan goals to support high-quality instruction through the use of technology. A key strategy of the goal is to increase student access to technology devices. Over the summer and the beginning of the school year, 77 classroom sets of Chromebooks and carts were purchased, configured and deployed to six to eight classrooms per school. The teachers receiving the carts were selected by their principals and became part of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that will train and support teachers in their use of the devices. PLC teachers Katie Greene (Island Lake Elementary School), Karen Hummel (Edgewood Middle School), and Mike Kauls (Mounds View High School) presented information to the Board on the impact Chromebooks and technology has had on their teaching.

    The Board discussed issues and updates related to AMSD.

    Thank you
    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from LifeTouch Studios, Allina Health Community Engagement and Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, Valentine Hills PTA, Bel Air PTA, Alpha Delta Kappa-Pi Chapter, Gina & Corbin Kristufek, Medtronic, Mounds View Lions, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department, Barbara Lodermeier, Partizan, Eugene & Kay Christenson, Laura Strub, Jessica Todd, Kara & Mike Johnson, Bob & Margie Henry, Bonnie & Tim Manley, Laurie Hauser Vinyon, Debora & Charles Lance, Donna Bruno, Keith Boulais, Carol Dunham, American Student Transportation, Antea Group, Bel Air Elementary, Bell Lumber & Pole Company, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cub Foods Arden Hills, Cub Foods New Brighton, Emergency Food Shelf Network, Faith Christian Reformed Church, Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping, Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Kurt Manufacturing, McClellan Sales, Inc., Michael Anderson Photography, New Brighton/Mounds View Rotary, Nohner-Black Group, Inc., Peace United Methodist Church, PHT Systems, Inc., Pike Lake K Center, Rebarfab Inc., Salem Covenant Church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Depts., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Odilia Catholic Church, Sunnyside Elementary, Sunrise United Methodist Church, Twin Cities North Chamber, Unity Hospital Auxiliary, Venture Solutions, Inc., and Western Bank Mounds View. 

    A look ahead
    February 5, Mayors/Managers meeting at 5:30 followed by a work session at 7 p.m.
    February 10, regular meeting, 7 p.m.