September 12, 2017Donations help nearly 800 students
Thanks to donations from District families and staff, area business and faith partners, community members and volunteers, the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf distributed school supplies to 785 students in grades K-12 during its annual Good Neighbor Back to School Project. Students received everything from pencils to backpacks. Supplies are still available for those needing help. Please call the food shelf for more information at 651-621-7451.
Enrollment reaches 16-year high
Enrollment at Mounds View Public Schools is at its highest level in 16 years. As of last week, 11,187 students have enrolled in the District. That’s an increase of 121 students from last October 1 reporting. Resident enrollment is projected to continue to increase 18 – 29 percent in the next decade, with a large share of the projected increase occurring in the second five years. Despite the increased enrollment, all core class sizes meet School Board approved ranges. Details here.
How accurate are enrollment projections?
Every year, Mounds View makes enrollment projections for the following year, based on information provided by a demographer consultant who believes the District is in a new phase of resident enrollment growth. Looking ahead, the District expects to grow by about 1,600 resident students within the next seven years. Looking back, how accurate have the recent projections been?
2017 projection 2017 actual (as of Sept. 7)
2016 projection 2016 actual
2015 projection 2015 actual
Facilities proposal meetings
For the first time in 18 years, the District is asking residents to consider a bond proposal to add room at all schools in response to rising enrollment and stressed capacity. What does this mean for your school? You’re invited to attend a community meeting this fall. A School Board member, District administration and school principal will present information and answer questions about the Election Day bond proposal for Mounds View Public Schools. All are invited to attend any of the meetings scheduled this fall. More information about the facilities proposal is at www.moundsviewschools.org/facilities.
Where they learn
Before you vote on the facilities proposal this fall, hear from some high school students as they explain what space means to their success in school.
Six residents file for Board election
On November 7, voters will elect three residents to serve four-year terms on the School Board. The following residents have filed affidavits of candidacy.
* Shauna Bock, Mounds View
* Jennifer Daniels, New Brighton
* Diane Glasheen, New Brighton
* Sheila Lee, Roseville
* Brendan O’Meara, Arden Hills
* Marre Jo Sager, New Brighton
The School Board is made up of seven citizens elected at large by voters in the District every two years to serve four-year overlapping terms. At the end of a four-year term, members may run for reelection to successive terms. For more information on the responsibilities of the School Board, visit www.moundsviewschools.org/board.
Early bird tickets on sale next week
Early bird tickets go on sale September 18 for "Rock the School House," a fundraising event supporting the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation. On Saturday, November 11, parents, educators and community leaders will gather at Vadnais Heights Commons from 6 - 11 p.m. for an evening which includes a wine and spirits toss, a brief program, a live auction and fund-a-need. To purchase early-bird tickets beginning September 18 for $60, please visit www.moundsviewschoolsef.org/RTSH. Tickets include heavy appetizers. There will be a cash bar offering beer, wine and mixed drinks. After October 10, tickets are $85. Last year's event sold out in record time and raised more than $50,000 in support of Mounds View Public Schools' programs.