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.
Back-to-School Leadership Conference
FinnFest Education Forum
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present the 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference, August 5-6. Bring your team! NOTE: The Back-to-School Leadership Conference has been designed to be compatible with the agenda for the FinnFest Education Forum scheduled on August 6-7. At FinnFest, participants are invited to join the discussion with education experts from Finland and the U.S. and create an action plan to address the needs of the next generation. Register for 2014 Leadership Conference.