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School Board meeting summary, April 26, 2016

  • Board summary

    School Board meeting summary, April 26, 2016


    Employee termination

    The Board approved a resolution to terminate a certified staff member pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 13.43, subdivision 2.

    Quarterly budget report & amendments

    Carole Nielsen, director of finance, presented the revenue and expenditure reports for all funds for the third quarter ending March 31, 2016. Both revenues and expenditures are within budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 and are very comparable to this time last year. Nielsen also reported on the quarterly investment summary and budget amendments. As additional budgetary information becomes known, it is necessary to amend the District's budgets to reflect those changes. For more details, please visit the Budgets & Finance page at www.moundsviewschools.org.

    Enrollment report indicates increase

    Enrollment projections for the 2016-17 school year indicate an anticipated enrollment of 11,022 students. This would represent an increase of 128 students from last fall. Next fall's class size projections do not exceed current class size averages. To review the report, visit here.

    Superintendent's contract approved

    The School Board announced that it has successfully negotiated a three-year superintendent contract with Chris Lennox, effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019. The majority of the contract terms have remained substantially the same as the previous superintendent’s contract. The contract includes total compensation for the next three school years made up of both fixed annual amounts and variable amounts. Compensation was determined based on years of educational administration experience and research of superintendent compensation in comparable, local, similar-size school districts. The Superintendent will be responsible for health care coverage upon retirement, and there will be no direct cash payments for unused personal time-off benefits. To view the entire contract, click here.

    “Whenever there’s a transition there’s a natural tendency for people to wonder where we are headed next,” said Lennox. “I want people to know I will bring a consistency and a commitment to the District’s core work. I’m excited to begin, and I anticipate a smooth transition.” In response, the Board noted it looks forward to working with Lennox in his new capacity as superintendent.

    STEAM planning

    As the District continues to work to meet the Equity Promise commitment to developing the 12 Habits of Mind, the STEAM program is being expanded to reach all District students. Chris Lennox, assistant superintendent, and Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, talked about the history of STEAM and outlined the next phase for STEAM beginning in 2016-2017. For more information, watch the report by selecting agenda item 5.1 here


    The Board provided AMSD/Legislative updates.

    Thank you

    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Wells Fargo Matching Gifts Program, Deluxe Corporation Foundation and the 3M Foundation, The Kula Foundation, Eric Bakke, Jose Ramos, Jack O’Brien, Karl Gerebi, Kerry Meier, Steven Coombe, Mark & Deborah Gavett, New Brighton Eagles, Craig & Sharon Strane, Howard Simms, Ruth & James Bowyer, Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Adagio’s Pizza Factory, Aldi’s, Boston Scientific, Cub Foods Arden Hills, Cub Foods New Brighton, Faith Christian Reformed Church, Faith United Methodist Church, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Island Lake Elementary School, Michael Anderson Photography, Minneapolis Foundation, New Brighton Lions Club, Peace United Methodist Church, Pike Lake Kindergarten Center, Pinewood Elementary School, Presbyterian Church of the Way, Salem Covenant Church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Snail Lake Kindergarten Center, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Sunnyside Elementary School, Sunrise United Methodist Church, The Corporate Housing Company, Turtle Lake Elementary School, United Church of Christ New Brighton and Wings of Nutrition.

    A look ahead

    May 5, 6 p.m. work session
    May 17, 7 p.m., regular meeting 


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