FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner
DATE: March 22, 2012
MDE NEWS AND INFORMATION
• Commissioner’s Monthly Dialogue with Superintendents held March 21
March 19 marked the first meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Bullying. Established by Executive Order on November 29, 2011, the task force will be charged with examining the best practices and policies that currently exist to prevent bullying and providing future recommendations to the Governor and the legislature on this subject. Read the March 16 press release. Visit the Prevention of School Bullying Task Force website.
The 2011 Legislature amended Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.57, to change the application process for health and safety revenue as below.
Subdivision 1. Health and safety revenue application. (a) To receive health and safety revenue for any fiscal year a district must submit to the commissioner a capital expenditure health and safety revenue application by the date determined by the commissioner. The application must include a health and safety budget adopted and confirmed by the school district board as being consistent with the district's health and safety policy under subdivision 2. The budget must include the estimated cost of the program per Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS) finance code, by fiscal year.
Subd. 2. Health and safety policy. To qualify for health and safety revenue, a school board must adopt a health and safety policy. The policy must include provisions for implementing a health and safety program that complies with health, safety, and environmental regulations and best practices including indoor air quality management.
As a result of this change, the health and safety revenue application for the Payable 2013 levy cycle must include school board adoption of a health and safety policy and an associated health and safety budget per fiscal year, per UFARS finance code by July 20, 2012. MDE will provide additional information in June regarding submission and administrative procedures through the annual publication of the health and safety application materials and in regional presentations.
The Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) is currently working on guidance regarding district health and safety policy development, and your regional management assistant professionals are available to help facilitate this process.
For assistance with questions, you may contact Michael Oxborough, MDE Division of School Finance, firstname.lastname@example.org.