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School Board meeting summary, April 12, 2016

  • Board summary

    School Board meeting summary, April 12, 2016


    Tax abatement approved

    The Board approved a resolution that would allow Land O’Lakes to move forward with plans to expand its headquarters facilities in Arden Hills. The resolution includes a tax concession in exchange for opportunities and support for Mounds View Public Schools students and families. Land O’Lakes’ expansion plans were contingent on the approval of a package of public financial assistance from the City of Arden Hills, Ramsey County and Mounds View Public Schools. The District will continue to collect taxes from Land O’Lakes but will concede taxes related to the future expansion totaling approximately $25,000 per year for 15 years with a cap of $618,100. In return, Land O’Lakes agrees to provide the following:

    • A workforce development program for high school students.
    • An annual contribution of $10,000 to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
    • A continuation of the Genesys Works program that provides corporate internships in IT, engineering, drafting and accounting for high school seniors.
    • A continuation of the Reading Buddies program that partners employees with students for regular reading time together.

    Transportation services agreement

    Carole Nielsen, director of finance, discussed the work that has been done to establish transportation services for next school year. The District accepted competitive officers from multiple service providers. With the assistance of Tom Watson, from The Watson Consulting Group, the District evaluated the proposals based on financial impact and flexibility in meeting the changing levels of service demand and high quality student service. The School Board approved the administrative recommendation of drafting service agreements with two school bus service providers and three van/type III service providers. The final agreements will be approved at the May Board meeting.

    Summer projects

    John Ward, assistant superintendent - human resources & operations, discussed upcoming summer construction projects. Plans for summer include upgrades to the Irondale High School turf and press box, updates to the Mounds View High School press box, improvements to the Chippewa Middle School gymnasium and pool roof and resurfacing for the play areas at Pike Lake Education Center and Sunnyside Elementary School. Various maintenance projects are slated for schools District-wide.

    Termination of probationary certified 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 43 probationary teachers. 

    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 four teaching positions and four learning resource teaching staff positions for unrequested leave of absence.

    Board appoints Chris Lennox as superintendent 

    Citing ongoing succession planning efforts, the Board voted to unanimously approve the appointment of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Chris Lennox as the next superintendent of Mounds View Public Schools, effective July 1, pending contract negotiations. Earlier this spring, Superintendent Dan Hoverman announced his intention to retire at the end of the current school year.

    Lennox has been with the District since July 2015. He came to Mounds View from Bloomington Public Schools where he was assistant superintendent for three years. Lennox previously served Stillwater Public Schools as assistant superintendent of learning and instruction for four years and as the high school principal for five years. Prior to joining Stillwater, he was with South St. Paul Public Schools for eight years in various capacities, including junior high principal as well as dean of students, assistant principal and eventually principal of the high school.

    The Board will begin contract negotiations with Lennox, with an agreement to be made official at the April 26 Board meeting. For more information on this appointment, visit here


    The Board provided Northeast Metro 916 updates.

    Thank you

    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Mounds View Lions, Brad Boser, Mark Solfest, Eric Boyum, Jane Washington, Robyne Teff, Kristine Rimbey, James & Katherine Johnson, U of M School of Physics & Astronomy, Orbital ATK, Inc., Travelers Employee Giving Campaign, Steven & Kristi Zwach, Hyon Wilson, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, Susan Meints, and Bill & Lynne Dolan.

    A look ahead

    April 26, 7 p.m. regular meeting
    May 5, 6 p.m. work session


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