Tom Melcher is the Director of the Program Finance Division at the Minnesota Department of Education. The Division provides support to state policy-makers in developing and evaluating education finance policy; implements the state’s pre K-12 education finance program by determining state aid entitlements and property tax levy limitations for local education agencies; maintains the state’s Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS), Minnesota Automated Reporting for Students System (MARSS) and Electronic Data Reporting System (EDRS) for special education data; administers agency programs relating to school facilities, pupil transportation, and school district organization; and provides financial management assistance to local education agencies.
Tom has 27 years of experience in the Program Finance Division at the Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Florida. Before joining the Department, Tom worked as a research analyst with the Institute for Education Finance at the University of Florida, and was an assistant business manager with the Collier County, Florida Public Schools.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.