School Board meeting summary

    School Board meeting summary, August 21, 2018


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    Enrollment update

    Carole Nielsen, executive director of administrative services, presented an enrollment update for the 2018-2019 school year. Current enrollment projections indicate 11,393 students are expected to attend Mounds View Public Schools this fall. This would represent 203 more students than last fall, and 79 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.

    Readiness for school

    Cabinet members reported on all aspects of school operations in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, including transportation services, nutrition services, human resources, facilities, technology and communications. All support areas are ready to welcome students on September 4.

    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. Teams of teachers worked together on a number of curriculum projects and participated in professional development throughout this summer to make improvements, refinements and modifications to curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year. These activities were designed to address District goals and program improvement priorities and include work in the areas of Teacher Development & Appraisal Process (TDAP), standards-based instruction, monitoring student progress, socioemotional resources, post-secondary readiness, STEAM, and effective instructional strategies including use of technology. Most of the curriculum projects began immediately after the close of school in June and are scheduled for completion in August or September. Other projects are being completed in phases and will extend over a longer period of time. The activities were facilitated by instructional support staff and teacher leaders throughout the summer months. For details, click here


    The Board provided AMSD and Northeast Metro 916 updates.

    Thank you

    The Board accepted, with appreciation, gifts from Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign, 3M Foundation, Travelers Employee Giving Campaign Beth Hagel, Becky Hepola, Wells Fargo Foundation, Zengri Wang, Donald McFarling, John Hiskey, Frank & Nancy Petersen, Stacy Ingraham, Beth Eggerth, Debbie Gossett, Jane Ullmann-Bester, Mary Anderson and Diane Zinda.

    A look ahead

    September 18, 6 p.m., work session
    September 18, 7 p.m., regular meeting

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