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Carole Nielsen, director of finance, presented the 2017-2018 projected budgets for nutrition services, community services, capital outlay and debt service funds. While these budgets are an integral part of school operations, they operate financially in separate funds or reserves. These budgets will be included in the final budget document that will be presented to the Board for approval at the June 28, 2017, School Board meeting. For more details, go the Budgets and Finance page
Enrollment projections for the 2017-18 school year indicate an anticipated enrollment of 11,120 students, which would represent 54 more students than last fall. Next fall's class size projections do not exceed current class size averages. To review the report, visit here
District Operational Plan
Each year, the School Board approves a series of goals and related activities on which the Superintendent and Cabinet will focus their work. This is known as the District Operational Plan (DOP). At the June 13 School Board meeting, Superintendent Chris Lennox presented a review of the priority goals outlined for the 2017-2018 school year. Priority goals include:
- Preparation for adjusted start times for 2018-19.
- Implementation of the new North Suburban Post-Secondary Success Consortium.
- A comprehensive review of the District middle school literacy program.
- Addressing facility needs through a proposed bond referendum.
To view the entire DOP, please visit here
Facilities Development Proposal
At its meeting on March 14, the Board directed the administration to create a facilities development proposal addressing the needs across the District
as identified by the facilities task force
. The Board also asked the administration to estimate the associated costs and to create a timeline that would eventually allow the Board to propose a bond referendum for this fall.
Superintendent Chris Lennox presented an updated proposal for the Board’s review and discussion. Highlights included the following:
• Last spring, a months-long facility review concluded with a series of recommendations totaling $252 million.
• After prioritizing its needs, the District has identified a total projected cost of $164.8 million through a bond in effect for 25 years.
• A successful bond would cost property owners a tax increase of less than $20 a month based on a median-valued house.
• Design could begin immediately following a successful bond election with the earliest construction beginning next spring.
• Larger projects would have to be phased over time and could take up to three years to complete.
• Construction efforts would impact all schools throughout the District.
To view the detailed presentation, visit here.
The Board discussed issues and updates related to AMSD and Northeast Metro 916
The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Kowalski’s, Wells Fargo Matching Gifts Program, The Looney Moms Adoption Support Group, Caroline Amplatz, Carl Sommerer, Jeffrey Willius, Sunnyside Families, David & Kathryn Johnson, Mustang Club, Lifetouch, Bradley Boser, John Hiskey, Allina Health Community Engagement , April Delcastillo, Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, Shawn Nelson, Brian & Kris Flanagan, Sandy Dolen, Gary & Shelly Durand, Richard Bagwill, Deb Loesch, Geralyn Nelson, and Cynthia Littlejohn.
A look ahead
June 27, 7 p.m., regular meeting
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