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For Immediate Release: August 9, 2013

Contact: Keith Hovis, 651-582-8275 or keith.hovis@state.mn.us

Commissioner Cassellius Announces Appointments

ROSEVILLE – Today, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced membership for two citizen panels that will provide recommendations to the legislature on key education issues. The Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force, and the School Facilities Financing Working Group.

The Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force is charged with recommending ways to redesign secondary and postsecondary education to better serve all students. The School Facilities Working Group will develop recommendations for reforming the financing of prekindergarten through grade 12 education facilities to create adequate, equitable, and sustainable financing of public school facilities throughout the state.

Established by the legislature during the 2013 session, these new groups will play a critical role in shaping new policies and education reform. They will build on the important statewide input already being used to shape education policy in Minnesota, including the Assessment and Accountability Working Group, Education Finance Working Group and Teacher Evaluation Work Group.

Members appointed to the Career Pathways and Technical Education Task Force are:

Dave Adney, Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals Association
Sue Bohland, Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education
John Christiansen, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Emily Erwin, Minnesota School Counselors Association
Jim Grabowska, Board of Teaching
Julie Halverson, Open Appointment
Karen Hynick, Minnesota Department of Education
Sharon Jensen, Minnesota Business Partnership
Dr. David Johnson, University of Minnesota
Damon Kapke, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Alyssa Klein, Department of Employment and Economic Development
Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
Eugene Piccolo, Minnesota Association of Charter Schools
Richard Rosivach, Open Appointment
Sean Roy, Open Appointment
Ed Schones, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Rob Simonich, Education Minnesota
Sonja Simpson, Open Appointment
Reah Walker, Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Amy Walstein, Minnesota Chambers of Commerce
Julie Warner, Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators

Members appointed to the School Facilities Finance Working Group are:

Joe Arthurs, Minnesota Educational Facility Management Professionals
Earl V. Athman, Minnesota Association of School Business Officials
Mark Bollinger, Open Appointment
Paul Bourgeois, Minnesota Association of School Business Officials
Greg Crowe, Open Appointment
Kim Eisenschenk, Minnesota Association of School Business Officials
Kevin Hildebrandt, Minnesota Educational Facility Management Professionals
Robert Indihar, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Grace Keliher, Minnesota School Boards Association
Peter Nelson, Minnesota School Boards Association
Heather Nosan, Minnesota Educational Facility Management Professionals
Ann Pate, Minnesota School Boards Association
Michael Vogel, Open Appointment
Deirdre Wells, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
Wayne Wormstadt, Minnesota Association of School Administrators

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