Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, Minnesota

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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools
Dakota County, Minnesota
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Jane K. Berenz
Enrollment:27,496 students
Graduation rate:85.8%[1]
Number of schools:31
Budget: $382.8 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rob Duchscher
Board members:7
Term length:4
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is a school district in Minnesota that served 27,496 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] This district is the fourth-largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota.

About the district

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is located in Dakota County, Minnesota
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is located in Dakota County, Minnesota. The county seat of Dakota County is Hastings, Minnesota. Dakota County is home to 405,088 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]

Demographics

Dakota County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 38.4% of Dakota 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 Dakota County was $73,288 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Dakota County was 6.4% compared to 11.2% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Dakota County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 87.0 86.5
Black or African American 5.2 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.3
Asian 4.7 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Dakota County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 116,255 109,516
2008 116,778 104,364
2004 104,635 108,959
2000 85,446 87,250

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is Jane K. Berenz.[6] She was appointed to the position by the school board in May 2009 after former Superintendent John Currie announced his retirement. Berenz attended Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools as a student and later served in the district as an educator, principal and administrator.[7]

School board

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

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board[9]
Member Term Ends
Rob Duchscher 2015
Jackie Magnuson 2015
Gary Huusko 2017
Art Coulson 2017
Joel Albright 2015
Mike Roseen 2017
Bob Schutte 2015

School board elections

See also: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan 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 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[10]

1. Members of the public are encouraged to attend School Board meetings to learn more about district activities and programs, and to express their concerns, comments and suggestions. Members of the public may participate in regular School Board meetings as described below.

2. Addressing Agenda Items – Members of the public may address agenda items in the Reports, Old Business, New Business and Other Action portions of board meetings when recognized by the board chairperson.

2.1 Speakers will be asked to identify themselves before they begin their comments.

2.2 A member of the public will be allowed to speak one time per agenda item for up to two minutes.

3. Addressing the School Board about Issues Not on the Agenda – To permit the public to be heard, and at the same time to conduct its meetings properly and efficiently, the following processes have been established for people who wish to address the board about topics that are not on the board agenda:

3.1 Special Communication Request – A member of the public may submit a written request (Procedure 204.7.3P, Special Communication Request) to the secretary to the School Board no less than five working days before the board meeting at which they wish to speak. This request and any related information submitted by the person will be shared with members of the board before the board meeting. People speaking to a specific request shall be allowed a total of five minutes for their comments, unless granted an extension of time by the board chairperson at the board meeting.

3.2 Open Forum – A member of the public may sign up 30 minutes before a board meeting begins to speak during the Open Forum period of the meeting. Up to seven people will be allowed to speak for up to two minutes each during each Open Forum.

4. General Guidelines

4.1 Speakers may offer objective criticism of school operations and programs, but the board will not hear complaints about specific school personnel or other individuals at a public session.

4.2 Members of the public appearing before the board shall be reminded that questions and requests directed to the board will usually be deferred pending appropriate administrative and board consideration. Once the administration has investigated the questions or issues raised by a speaker at a board meeting, the findings will be reviewed with the board before the administration responds to the speaker on behalf of the board.

4.3 If any speaker does not adhere to the above guidelines, the board chairperson may rule that the speaker is out of order and may require the speaker to end his or her presentation.[11]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools:[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
2013-2014 $305,838,061 79.9% $0 0% $29,798,308 7.8% $19,745,088 5.2% $27,441,413 7.2% $382,822,870
Averages: $305,838,061 80% $0 0% $29,798,308 8% $19,745,088 5% $27,441,413 7% $382,822,870

Teacher salaries

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools employed 1,570 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 Dakota County United Educators for 2013-2014:[14]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.S. or B.A. 37,324 44,088
B.S. or B.A. + 15 37,729 48,829
B.S. or B.A. + 30 38,306 53,917
MA or B.A. + 54 39,462 68,194
MA + 15 41,775 70,546
MA + 30 43,510 73,178
MA + 60 or Specialist or Psychologist 44,667 77,268

Schools in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools

Enrollment

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools serves 27,496 students. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools operates 31 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools
School Name
Apple Valley High School
Area Learning Center
Black Hawk Middle School
Cedar Park Elementary STEM School
Dakota Hills Middle School
Dakota Ridge School
Deerwood Elementary School
Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies
Eagan High School
Eastview High School
Echo Park Elementary School
Falcon Ridge Middle School
Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science
Greenleaf Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Northview Elementary School
Oak Ridge Elementary School
Parkview Elementary School
Pinewood Elementary School
Red Pine Elementary School
Rosemount Elementary School
Rosemount High School
Rosemount Middle School
School of Environmental Studies
Scott Highlands Middle School
Shannon Park Elementary School
Southview Elementary School
Thomas Lake Elementary School
Valley Middle School of STEM
Westview Elementary School
Woodland 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 84% 1060 75% 1057
2011-2012 87% 1061 77% 1057
2012-2013 75% 1058 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 64% 1154 49% 1147
2011-2012 54% 1151 43% 1146
2012-2013 68% 1156 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[17][18]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 65% 1052 N/A N/A
2011-2012 67% 1054 52% 1049
2012-2013 68% 1054 53% 1049

Issues

Budget cuts

Between the 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 school years, the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district administration cut $34 million from its budget in response to a decline in the growth rate of state K-12 education funding. These cuts resulted in the loss of more than 200 staff and widespread pay freezes for remaining employees. Voters rejected a levy referendum in 2010 that would have increased local funding for the school district, which left the district reliant on its 2005 levy that expires in 2016. There was a new levy referendum on the November 5, 2013 ballot to allow the district to maintain its spending levels without requiring additional cuts, which passed.[19] On September 9, 2013, the school board and the Dakota County United Educators union agreed to a new salary schedule for district employees that provided a 2% raise in each step of the salary schedule and an increase in the district's benefit contributions. The previous salary schedule had not been adjusted for four years due to the financial difficulties experienced by the district.[20]

Contact information

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Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools
3455 153rd St. W.
Rosemount, MN 55068
Phone: 651-423-7700

Website evaluation

Last rated on December 24, 2012.

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The good

  • Information on current and past tax levy proposals is posted.[21]
  • Current and past budgets are available.[22]
  • School board agendas, minutes and meeting videos are available.[8]
  • School board members are listed with individual contact information.[9]
  • The district superintendent is listed with contact information.[6]
  • Audits are posted.[23]
  • Contracts are posted.[24]

The bad

  • There is no information on how to submit a public records request.
  • The only information posted on how the district fares on state testing is within the budget document, which is not helpful to parents.
  • There is no information on background screening done on personnel who come into contact with students.

See also

External links

References

  1. MinnCAN, "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District," accessed February 7, 2014
  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, "Dakota County, Minnesota," accessed February 7, 2014
  4. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 15, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "Superintendent's Office," accessed February 7, 2014
  7. Maricella Miranda, Pioneer Press, "Jane Berenz chosen as new superintendent of Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district," May 6, 2009
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "School Board," accessed February 7, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "School Board Members," accessed February 7, 2014
  10. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "Public Participation at School Board Meetings," accessed February 7, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "2012-13 Expenditure Budget - All Funds," accessed December 5, 2013
  13. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed February 7, 2014
  14. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "Agreement between Independent School District 196 and Dakota County United Educators, Local #2006, Education Minnesota," accessed February 7, 2014
  15. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "Home," accessed February 7, 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, "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan," accessed February 7, 2014
  19. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district to ask for additional $10 million this fall," August 10, 2013
  20. Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, "Teachers, nurses in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan schools get raises," September 10, 2013
  21. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "District 196 Elections and Referendums," accessed February 7, 2014
  22. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named budget
  23. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "Finance," accessed February 7, 2014
  24. Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, "Collective Bargaining Agreements," accessed February 7, 2014