Board of Education update: Oct. 25, 2016

Board of Education hears academic accountability and audit reports

The Lakeville Area Public Schools Board of Education held its second regular meeting of the month on Oct. 25. Board members heard an update on the district’s accountability report and received final results of the 2016 audit.

 

Lakeville Area Public Schools continues to perform well academically on multiple indicators, said Jason Molesky, executive director of Technology and Data Services. In 2015 – the most recent year for which figures are available – the graduation rate rose to 95 percent. The district appears to be closing the graduation gap and Molesky said indicators are moving in “a promising direction.”

 

All schools are required to offer students the opportunity to take a college entrance exam and a large percentage of Lakeville Area Public Schools’ high school students take advantage of that. Since the mandate to offer the ACT to all students when into effect in 2015, the district’s average composite score has dropped slightly as expected, Molesky said. The district’s decrease was not as pronounced as those statewide, and a high percentage of students continue to take advantage of the ACT opportunity.

 

View the full presentation online.

 

During the meeting the board heard a presentation by the district’s auditing firm, Clifton Larson Allen. At the board’s request, the district and auditing firm moved the deadline for the audit from December to Oct. 14.

 

The overall financial health of the district is good, said auditor Dennis Hoogeveen, and the district is on an overall positive trend. The district has done a good job with the resources entrusted to it by the public and has made good use of them. As part of the audit, the firm helped the district complete its first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which demonstrates the district holds itself to a higher financial standard than demonstrated in a regular audit. This comprehensive assessment may help the district with favorable bond ratings in the future.

 

View the full presentation online.

 

What’s next?

Lakeville Area Public Schools’ Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Lakeville City Hall (20195 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville). The date change was required because federal, state and local elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

 

View agendas and meeting materials online. Can’t attend in person? Watch live on Lakeville Education TV on Channel 188 for Lakeville Charter Cable subscribers, or view online live or via recording at https://isd194letv.viebit.com/.

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