• August 13, 2014 Regular Business Meeting 

    Discussion, Reports and Information Items

    Reports from the School Board

    • Vice-Chair John Larkin participated in a School Board subcommittee on Listening Sessions, spoke at the School Board Candidate Orientation, met with auditors and attended the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Summer Session conference.
    • Treasurer Lori Meyer attended the School Board subcommittee on Listening Sessions.
    • Clerk Missy Lee attended a MSBA Board Meeting and participated in the Summer Session conference where she also participated in a World's Best Work Force session. She also met with Superintendent Kelly.

    • Director Ted Landwehr attended the MSBA Summer Session conference and participated in West Metro Education Program (WMEP) board and Executive meetings.  He also attended a CHHS all-night party wrap-up meeting, a National Night Out event and a Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    Superintendent Report:

    • Reported that district administration is working on staffing.

    • Shared that the staff welcome back to a new school year letter has been sent.

    • Participated in Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and WMEP meetings.

    • Attended MDE Superintendent's Back to School and School Law conferences.

    • Announced the District Administrative Team is participating this Thursday and Friday in its annual leadership retreat.

    • Reported the Placement Center is open and processing students into the district.

    • Thanked District directors for participating, and School Board Vice-Chair Larken for presenting, at the School Board Candidate Orientation.

    • Participated in AMSD strategic planning meetings.

    • Thanked the School Board chair and directors who she met with on various topics.

    Discussion, Reports, Information Items

    Curriculum Cycle and Update: Director of Teaching and Learning Duane Berkas presented information on the proposed seven-year curriculum review cycle.  This update comes at the conclusion of the existing cycle and reflects the most recent information from the state regarding the revision of standards in key content areas. Click here to view the PowerPoint.

    School Board Budget: Director of Finance and Operations Bill Holmgren presented information on the Board budget for 2014-2015. Click here to view the PowerPoint.

    Legislative Changes to Operating Levies: Director Holmgren reported that 2014 Legislative changes are primarily administrative and do not result in a tax increase. One affect of these changes is the School Board Levy is discontinued and that the district's per pupil funding is now $608.  A significant note is property owners pay fewer taxes as the state is assuming a larger portion of the funding.  Another important note is that if the Operating Levy is not renewed (see below), the district will lose $2.1 million.  This presentation is fairly complex; we recommend not only reviewing the PowerPoint, but also watching Director Holmgren's presentation via our YouTube site. Click here to view the PowerPoint.


    Action Items

    Community Education Adventure Club/Mini Adventure Fees: The School Board approved the adjusted 2014-2015 Community Education Adventure Club and Mini Adventures fees.  As shared at the June 24, 2014 Board Meeting, the rates will increase by 5 percent from the previous year.  These increases are necessary to cover payroll and benefits for staff.

    Morgan Stanley Authorized Persons Resolution:  The School Board approved adding a new accountant to the authorization list.  This is primarily an administrative action to allow the accountant to accomplish her responsibilities.

    Metro Educational Cooperative Service Unit membership: The School Board approved continued membership in the amount of $3,438.70.

    Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) Membership: The School Board approved continued membership in the amount of $8,217.

    Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Membership: The School Board approved continued membership in the amount of $7,244.

     

    Operating Levy Renewal Ballot Question: The School Board approved adding a question to renew an existing Operating Levy to the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot.  Click here for the Board resolution.

    Capital Project Referendum Ballot Question Approval: The School Board approved adding a question to renew an existing Operating Levy to the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. Click here for the Board resolution.  NOTE: A comprehensive levy website is being built and should be online within one week.


    Key Dates:

    • August 19, 6 p.m. School Board Work Session, Community Room
    • August 26, 7 p.m., Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room
    • Sept. 1, District Office Closed
    • Sept. 2, First Day of School for Students
    • Sept. 9, Regular School Board Meeting, Community Room

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