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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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