Board of Education updates September 15, 2016

Lakeville Area Public Schools’ Board of Education met Sept. 13. Board members heard updates on preliminary enrollment and a summer program to help students prepare for Advanced Placement classes, first readings on four policies and approved a resolution in support of Intermediate School District No. 917’s proposal to help special education students with the most intensive needs.


Preliminary enrollment report

Initial reports suggest enrollment is “very, very positive” for the 2016-17 school year, Executive Director of Administrative Services Tony Massaros reported to the Board of Education Sept. 13.
Preliminary figures show enrollment is up for elementary, middle school and high school, confirming impressions that the district is experiencing growth. At its Sept. 20 study session, the Board of Education will hear longer-term projections on enrollment from the district’s demographer.


The district continues to monitor student enrollment, and staffing adjustments are being made as needed at the elementary school level to comply with established class size guidelines. The district also is monitoring data at the secondary level to ensure equitable distribution of staffing resources among the various buildings and to serve as the basis for decisions on open enrollment and intra-district enrollment requests.


Enrollment data used for determining per pupil aid from the state will be finalized in October.


Policies: First readings

During the meeting, Massaros also presented four draft policies for first readings. The draft policies include veterans preference (No. 405); proprietary rights of employee publications, instructional materials inventions and creations (No. 409); drug and alcohol testing (No. 426); and license status (No. 424). Policies Nos. 405, 416 and 424 reflect legal requirements, Massaros said; policy No. 409 provides clarification on intellectual property rights. The policies will be brought back for the board’s consideration at one of its upcoming meetings.


Resolution in support of Intermediate School District No. 917 approved

Intermediate School District No. 917 is considering plans to add programming to help students with the most challenging behavioral and cognitive disabilities.

On Sept. 13, Lakeville Area Public Schools’ Board of Education members voted 6-0 in support of a resolution for the intermediate school district’s proposed $3 million addition to an existing building to create space for that program. Funding is could come from a combination of sources including fees paid by member districts and service fees paid by non-member districts whose students will use programming.


Intermediate School District No. 917 serves nine member districts including Lakeville Area Public Schools by providing special education programming, among other services. Member districts refer students to Intermediate District 917 for educational services. Those districts share costs for programming and facilities, and have representation on District 917’s board of education.


Demand for AP summer prep course grows

A voluntary program intended to help students successfully take and pass Advanced Placement, or AP, courses continues to grow in popularity.


The AP Summer Prep Academy is intended to provide students with the academic training and practice needed to succeed in their first AP classes. The program has grown from 35 students during its first year in 2014 to 106 students this past summer, said Lakeville North teacher Terri Santoorjian.


Go to and click on the Sept. 13 meeting to watch video of the presentation.

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