• Board summary School Board meeting summary, January 10, 2017

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    Budget assumptions

    Carole Nielsen, director of finance, presented an updated report on budget assumptions for fiscal year 2017-2018. The budget process continues as scheduled. The school site budget committees will be convened, the Minnesota legislative session has begun and certified staffing information is being prepared. A review of the budget assumptions was heard and will be further refined before they are approved at the next School Board meeting. Final budget assumptions will be used in financial projections and in determining the final budget. The final 2017-2018 budget will be adopted in June 2017. For more details, please visit the Budgets & Finance page at www.moundsviewschools.org.
     

    School start times

    The Board reaffirmed its commitment to establishing later high school start times and indicated it will make a decision later this spring.

    “The feedback we’ve received indicates a wide-variety of thoughts on start times in general,” said Board chair Amy Jones. “We need to take more time to gather more information before making a decision. In the coming weeks and months, we will revisit our parameters and ask administration to work with our transportation consultant to determine if additional options may be possible. We will also seek community feedback on any additional options that may be developed.”

    As a result of this spring decision, implementation of the new start times will go into effect in the fall of 2018 – not the fall of 2017 as previously expected. This extension will be necessary operationally and also with respect for the time families and staff need in order to adjust to a new schedule.

    Communication and information about start times will continue to be shared with families through e-newsletters, at School Board meetings and updated at www.moundsviewschools.org/starttimes.

    Legislative priorities

    At the January 5 Board work session, Board members discussed their legislative priorities for the 2017 session with the District's local legislators. The top three priorities are available in detail here and include:
    • Increase the basic formula allowance by at least 2.5% per year.
    • Allow locally-elected school boards to renew an existing operating levy referendum if they choose.
    • Expand the Northwest Regional Partnership to include educators from all parts of the state.
    A full range of additional priorities was also presented at the January 10 meeting. Click here to see the priorities. Click here to see the priorities. 
     

    STEAM implementation and planning

    One of the District Operational Plan goals for 2016-2017 is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, and Karl Brown, director of technology and community ed, provided an update on the progress toward this goal. The report included a status update for each level as it relates to curriculum and programming, facilities, technology and training. See the full report here
     

    Updates

    The Board discussed issues and updates related to AMSD.  

    Thank you

    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from  Wells Fargo Matching Gifts Program, Roger Challman, Larry & Martha Harsch, Gordon & Jackie Knott, Suzanne Butzoe, Lifetouch, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Pam Axberg, New Brighton Lions Club, Pam Patterson, Johnson Screens, Travelers Employee Giving Campaign, Jane Curtin, Brian & Breanna Peloquin, Steven & Kristi Zwach, Parker Martinson, Medtronic Volunteer Grant Program, Thomas & Diane Hinds, Sibley Boyum, Paul & Laura Blincow, Cynthia Brown, Justun Coleman, Daniel Larson, Scott Gavett, Kristin Gavett, Ned Storla, Nancy Oakland-Potter, G & K Services, Aletz Schulte, Charles Saxton, Daniel Galvin family, and Stacy & Phillip Kjelland.

    A look ahead

    January 24, 7 p.m., regular meeting
    February 2, 6 p.m., work session
    February 21, 7 p.m., regular meeting 
     
     
     
     
     

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