Archive for February, 2009

Attend school closing hearings in February

February 2, 2009

From the 281 website:

The Robbinsdale Area School Board approved a resolution on Jan. 20 that signals the district’s intention to close Pilgrim Lane Elementary School and close and repurpose Sunny Hollow Elementary School and Sandburg Middle School. The board must now follow a formal process for closing schools according to state statute.

Robbinsdale Area School Board public hearings on school closings will be held:

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 7 p.m.
Pilgrim Lane Elementary School
3725 Pilgrim Lane, Plymouth

Monday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Sandburg Middle School
2400 Sandburg Lane, Golden Valley

Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Sunny Hollow Elementary School
8808 Medicine Lake Rd., New Hope

Community members are invited to attend, comment on school closings and ask questions about the transition to new schools. The superintendent and school board value your input and look forward to your participation. Notes from the meetings will be posted to the district web site for community members who are unable to attend.

After the public hearings, the school board will take formal action on the school closings at its Monday, March 2, 2009, 7 p.m. meeting at the Education Service Center Boardroom, 4148 Winnetka Avenue North, New Hope. Community members are invited to attend or tune in to Cable Channel 22 for live broadcast and replay of this regular board meeting.

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Moving costs and teacher reassignments

February 2, 2009

A few years back, 281 received settlement monies from Microsoft monopoly suit. 281 used some of that to purchase ceiling mounted projectors at Sandburg Middle School. The cost to move these projectors is $1500 each. Add that to the costs to replace toilets at RMS (larger sizes), moving computers to a bigger server, uninstalling/reinstalling of surveillance video cameras and tapes, quickly add up.

Then, there’s the issue of the 2-day window to reassign teachers (the district did not budget for subs). The scheduled reassignment days are testing days.

Perhaps there should have been an outsourced strategic plan to move and disclose the costs.