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.
U.S. Senate Youth Applications Due Oct. 24
Minnesota 11th- or 12th-grade students who hold an elected office in student government or civic or community organization during the 2014-15 school year are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Established in 1962, the program offers a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two selected student leaders from each state, District of Columbia and the Dept. of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, March 7-14, 2015, experiencing their national government in action. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Website.