School Board meeting summary, October 25, 2016
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Quarterly budget report and amendmentsCarole Nielsen provided revenue and expenditure reports for all funds for the first quarter ending September 30, 2016. Both revenues and expenditures are within budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 and are very comparable to this time last year. Nielsen also reported on the quarterly budget amendments. As additional budgetary information becomes known, it is necessary to amend the District's budgets to reflect those changes. Budget amendments include revenue and expense updates for building generated funds and increased enrollments. The Board approved the budget amendments as presented at the meeting. For details, please visit the Budgets & Finance page at www.moundsviewschools.org.
Start times engagement yields feedback
This fall, parents, staff, students and community members were invited to participate in a community engagement process around school start times. The community was asked to answer open-ended questions online and assign stars to the thoughts of others who responded.
At the October 25 School Board meeting, Thoughtexchange presented the summarized results of the community engagement process. The public engagement revealed the following.
• Widespread support for later high school start times was expressed by all groups: parents, students, staff and community members.
• This support far surpassed any other theme expressed, including a desire to not change start times.
• The greatest concerns and questions were related to the impact on students and families, with specific concerns about before- and after-school activities.
In total, 15,680 people were invited to participate, and 3,878 people participated – representing a 25 percent response rate. Almost 8,000 unique thoughts were contributed. To download the report, review themes and read the thoughts offered, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/starttimes.
In response to the feedback provided by the community, the Board directed the administration to develop school start times options for consideration and review at the November 15 School Board meeting. The Board also announced a public Feedback Forum to gather community feedback about the options that will be presented in November.
Feedback ForumThursday, December 16 – 7:30 p.m.Highview Middle School2300 7th Street NW, New Brighton
UpdatesThe Board discussed issues and updates related to Northeast Metro 916.
Thank youThe Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Caroline’s Kids Foundation, Murt Seltz, Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Matching Funds, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, David Jenkin, and Barbara Leverty.
A look aheadNovember 3, 6 p.m., work session
November 15, 7 p.m., regular meetingDecember 1, 6 p.m., feedback forum on start times, Highview Middle School