Board meeting summary

    School Board meeting summary, August 15, 2017


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    Enrollment update

    Carole Nielsen, executive director of administrative services, presented an enrollment update for the 2017-2018 school year. Current enrollment projections indicate 11,168 students are expected to attend Mounds View Public Schools this fall. This would represent 102 more students than last fall, and 28 more students than projected. However, actual headcounts taken after school starts typically produce a smaller total than late summer enrollment projections. Currently, all projected class sizes meet Board-approved ranges. All enrollment data will be monitored through the start of the school year. For a chart of currently projected enrollments and average class sizes by school and grade, click here.  

    Ratification of contracts

    The Board approved the proposed contracts between the School District and the Clerical Union and the Principal’s Association as presented for 2017-2019. 

    The members of the Clerical Union of School Service Employees, Local 284, ratified the agreement on July 13, 2017. Major contract points include:

    • An increase to the salary schedule of 2 percent in year one and 2 percent in year two

    • A wage differential for identified clerical members in Class 1 with increased responsibilities

    • Total contract increase of 6.99 percent over the two-year period

    The members of the Principal Association ratified the agreement on June 30, 2017. Major contract points include:

    • An increase to the salary schedule of 2 percent in year one, 2 percent in year two, and a market adjustment to the elementary and middle school associate principals

    • An increase in the 403(b) match from $3,200 to $3,500

    • An increase in the VEBA funding ranging from $150 to $300

    • An increase in the HRA match from $2,500 to $3,000

    • Total contract increase of 4.29 over the two-year period 


    Readiness for school

    Cabinet members reported on all aspects of school operations in preparation for the 2017-2018  school year, including transportation services, nutrition services, human resources, facilities, technology and communications. All support areas are ready to welcome students on September 5

    Summer work by teachers

    The summer months provide valuable extended work time and professional learning time for District staff. Angie Peschel, director of curriculum and instruction, presented the Board with an update on summer work by teachers. Activities were facilitated by instructional support staff and teacher leaders this summer to engage teams of teachers in curriculum projects and professional development activities. These activities were designed to address District goals and program improvement priorities including teacher readiness, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and effective instructional strategies including use of technology.  Most curriculum projects began immediately after the close of school in June and are scheduled for completion in August and September. Other projects are being completed in phases and will extend over a longer period of time. 


    The Board provided AMSD and Northeast Metro 916 updates.

    Thank you

    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Wells Fargo Community Support, The Kula Foundation, Ronald & Marlys Ousky, Karin Sconzert, Allina Health Community Engagement, Dollars for Doers, Bradley Boser, John Hiskey, Sharon Breuer, Elizabeth Homan, Colin & Shannon Mildenberger, Susan Canine, Minnie & Clyde Wyatt, Peter Grottodden, Rob & Nunciata Covey, Joanne Davis, Nancy Haugen, Jeffrey & Amy Jones, David Macdonald & Karen Slepicka, Doug & Julie Bowman, Adagio’s Pizza Factory, Aldi’s, Bonemeyer, LTD, Cub Foods Arden Hills, Cub Foods New Brighton, Edgewood Middle School, Faith United Methodist Church, Hunger Solutions, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Kowalski’s Shoreview, Owens & Minor, Shoreview Farmer’s Market, St. Odilia Catholic Church, St. Odilia Council of Catholic Women, Sunrise United Methodist Church, Trader Joe’s Shoreview, and Under the Radar Foundation. 

    A look ahead

    September 19, 7 p.m., regular meeting
    October 5, 6 p.m., work session




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