Mounds View Public Schools, Minnesota

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Mounds View Public Schools
Ramsey County, Minnesota
Mounds View Public Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dan Hoverman
Enrollment:10,146 students
Graduation rate:88.5%[1]
Number of schools:11
Budget: $166.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jon Tynjala
Board members:7
Term length:4
Mounds View Public Schools is a school district in Minnesota that served 10,146 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] This district is the 14th-largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota.

About the district

Mounds View Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota
Mounds View Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota. The county seat of Ramsey County is St. Paul. Ramsey County is home to 520,152 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]


Ramsey County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.2% of Ramsey County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 32.2% for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in Ramsey County was $53,152 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Ramsey County was 16.8% compared to 11.2% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Ramsey County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 71.7 86.5
Black or African American 11.4 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.3
Asian 12.7 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Ramsey County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 184,938 86,800
2008 182,974 88,942
2004 171,846 97,096
2000 138,470 87,669

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]


The superintendent of Mounds View Public Schools is Dan Hoverman. He was appointed to the position by the school board on May 8, 2007 after former Superintendent Jan Witthuhn announced her retirement.[6] Before taking the position, Hoverman served in the district for more than 35 years as a psychologist, special educator director, executive director of curriculum and deputy superintendent. He earned his M.A. degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and his Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.[7]

School board

Mounds View Public Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.[8]

Mounds View School Board[8]
Member Term Ends
Jon Tynjala 2017
Amy Jones 2015
Marre Jo Sager 2017
Greg Madsen 2017
Bob Helgeson 2015
Lisa Sjobeck 2015
Sandra Westerman 2015

School board elections

See also: Mounds View Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Mounds View School Board are elected to four-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2013 and four seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Mounds View School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[9]

At least fifteen minutes prior to each meeting, a sheet will be available at the meeting site for citizens to sign up to address the School Board. Citizens must provide their name, address and the topic to be addressed. At the beginning of each meeting the Chair will state the number of speakers listed on the sign up sheet and the time to be allotted. Only those whose names appear on the sign-up sheet at the time the meeting is called to order will be permitted to address the School Board. Speakers will not be allowed to verbally attack individual School Board members, employees or students or use vulgar or profane language. Speakers unwilling to conform to the rules or time constraints set by the Chair may be removed from the meeting. Generally speakers will be given three minutes each. Citizen input should not subrogate the regular business of the School Board. School Board members need not engage in debate with members of the audience and will generally listen but not respond to comments.

Once the speakers have been heard or the time has expired, the Chair will proceed with the agenda. The business of the School Board is conducted by the seven elected School Board members and audience comments are no longer in order. The Chair retains the right to call on staff and audience members for information to assist the School Board in its deliberations. If items are brought to the School Board's attention during the audience input portion of the meeting which merit further study, follow up or a written response, School Board members may request such action by the administration and/or a committee of the School Board.

Patron complaints may most appropriately be addressed by the staff of the Mounds View Public Schools rather than by the School Board. Generally the School Board acts only after all other avenues of appeal have been utilized.


School Board meetings are business meetings held in public - not public forums. It is therefore advisable that guidelines be established so that public input is orderly and productive and so that special interest groups are not allowed to dominate the proceedings of the School Board.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Mounds View Public Schools:[11][12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $121,851,206 73.3% $5,071,057 3.1% $2,903,890 1.7% $29,090,013 17.5% $7,279,445 4.4% $166,195,611
2014-2015 $134,691,490 84% $5,283,662 3.3% $2,835,500 1.8% $10,614,680 6.6% $6,934,304 4.3% $160,359,636
Averages: $128,271,348 79% $5,177,359.5 3% $2,869,695 2% $19,852,346.5 12% $7,106,874.5 4% $163,277,623.5

Teacher salaries

Mounds View Public Schools employed 629 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[13] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Mounds View Education Association for 2013-2014:[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 37,885 43,385
B.A. + 15 39,385 59,110
B.A. + 30 40,885 60,985
B.A. + 45 42,385 62,860
B.A. + 60 43,885 62,235
MA 45,035 67,435
MA + 15 46,535 69,160
MA + 30 48,035 70,885
MA + 45 49,535 72,610
MA + 60 51,035 74,335
Ph.D. 52,535 76,060 

Schools in Mounds View Public Schools


Mounds View Public Schools serves 10,146 students. Mounds View Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Mounds View Public Schools operates 11 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Mounds View Public Schools
School Name
Bel Air Elementary School
Chippewa Middle School
Edgewood Middle School
Highview Middle School
Irondale High School
Island Lake Elementary School
Mounds View High School
Pinewood Elementary School
Sunnyside Elementary School
Turtle Lake Elementary School
Valentine Hills Elementary School

Academic performance

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are standardized tests conducted to measure student progress toward the state's academic benchmarks. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made Adequate Yearly Progress toward all students becoming proficient in these subjects. The science tests are required by the No Child Left Behind Act but not included in the AYP calculations. Reading and mathematics tests are both given to students in grades 3 through 8, along with an additional reading test given to students in grade 10 and an additional mathematics test given to students in grade 11. Science tests are given to students in grades 5 and 8, along with an additional test given when students complete a life science or biology course in high school.[16]

Reading MCA Performance, Grade 10[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 87% 1062 75% 1057
2011-2012 88% 1062 77% 1057
2012-2013 76% 1058 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 73% 1158 49% 1147
2011-2012 61% 1154 43% 1146
2012-2013 69% 1156 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 70% 1053 N/A N/A
2011-2012 69% 1055 52% 1049
2012-2013 65% 1054 53% 1049

Contact information

Mounds View Public Schools seal.png

Mounds View Public Schools
350 Highway 96 West
Shoreview, MN 55126
Phone: 651-621-6000

Website evaluation

Last rated on November 12, 2012.

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Public Records N
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • A 'Truth and Taxation' report is posted.[19]
  • Current and past budgets are posted.[19]
  • School board members are listed with individual contact information, agendas, meeting schedules and participation guidelines posted.[8]
  • The superintendent is listed with contact information.[7]
  • A district directory provides contact information for administrative officials.[20]
  • Audits are posted.[19]
  • District academic performance indicators are posted.[21]

The bad

  • Contracts are not posted.
  • Information on how to request public records is not posted.
  • There is no information on whether or not background checks are performed on district employees who come into contact with students.

See also

External links


  1. MinnCAN, "Mounds View Public School District," accessed February 5, 2014 (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Ramsey County, Minnesota," accessed February 5, 2014
  4. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Mounds View Public Schools, "The search for a superintendent," May 9, 2007
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mounds View Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed February 5, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Mounds View Public Schools, "Membership," accessed February 5, 2014
  9. Mounds View Public Schools, "Mounds View Public Schools Board Governance Policy," accessed February 5, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Mounds View Public Schools, "Summary Budget Fiscal Year 2012-2013," accessed December 9, 2013
  12. Mounds View Public Schools, "Summary Budget Fiscal Year 2014-2015," accessed December 11, 2014
  13. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. Mounds View Public Schools, "Master Contract 2013-2015," accessed February 5, 2014
  15. Mounds View Public Schools, "Home," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Minnesota Department of Education, "Testing Information," accessed December 26, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Pioneer Press, "Mounds View," accessed February 5, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Mounds View Public Schools, "Budgets & Finance," accessed November 12, 2012
  20. Mounds View Public Schools, "District Directories," accessed November 12, 2012
  21. Mounds View Public Schools, "District Assessments," accessed November 12, 2012