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School Board meeting summary, May 17, 2016

  • Board summary

    School Board meeting summary, May 17, 2016


    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 agreed to terminate one teacher. 

    Final placement of certified staff on unrequested leave

    At the April 12 meeting, the Board approved a proposal to place a number of certified staff on unrequested leave of absence for the 2016-2017 school year. Since that meeting, none of the teachers or learning resource teachers who were included in the proposal requested a hearing. Failure to request a hearing is deemed acquiescence to the proposed action; therefore three teaching positions and four learning resource teachers were placed on unrequested leave of absence.   


    Transportation services agreements

    The Board approved student transportation agreements with American Student Transportation of Mounds View, Inc., Metropolitan Transportation Network, R and D Transportation, Twin City Transportation, Safe-Tree Transportation, and Wide-Area Transportation Services, Int., for two contract years commencing August 1, 2016, and ending July 31, 2018. Director of finance Carole Nielsen, transportation manager Chris Coderre and Watson Consulting Group's Thomas Watson reported that the District has seen the need for additional transportation services grow and the District has been working with multiple service providers to meet this demand. Establishing service agreements with multiple service providers will provide the District with flexibility to meet changing service levels and provide enhancements by clarifying expectations for contractor performance. American Student Transportation of Mounds View will remain the primary service provider, and families should not see any noticeable changes in transportation services starting next year.


    Elementary literacy program

    Shannon Roney, lead literacy coach, provided an update of progress being made to address the recommendations of the 2014-15 District Management Council's comprehensive study. An overview of the implementation plan was provided along with next steps for year two and three of the implementation plan. To see the report, click on item 5.1 in the bookmarks section here

    District Operational Plan

    The 2016-2017 draft District Operational Plan (DOP) - which was developed by the Superintendent and his Cabinet - was presented to the Board for initial discussion. The DOP is the annual administrative work plan of the District. It is directly related to the District's vision and to the School Board's strategic directions for the year. A final plan will be presented and approved at a future Board meeting.


    The Board provided Northeast Metro 916 updates.

    Start times

    The Board reported it plans to review the start times policy, with reviews and public discussion to begin in the fall. Goals include a formal decision no later than February 2017, implementation for fall 2017 and a commitment to establishing new start times that approximately range from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For more information visit here

    Thank you

    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Delavan Pumps, Inc., Kristy Alexander, Sunnyside families, Truist-Target, Medtronic Volunteer Grant Program, Jill Peterson, John Hiskey, Sean & Kim Palmer, McKesson Foundation, Beth Borlund Memorial Fund, Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, The Rylander Family, Target Take Charge of Education, Mustang Club, Bradley Boser, Karen Asphaug, Thrivent Financial, Carl Sommerer, Steve & Mary Kruger, and American Student Transportation.


    A look ahead

    June 14, 6 p.m., work session
    June 14, 7 p.m., regular meeting


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