2012 Superintendent Mail

MDE WEEKLY SUPERINTENDENT MAIL

TO: Superintendents

FROM: Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner

DATE: April 26, 2012


MDE NEWS AND INFORMATION

PRESS RELEASES

• Bullying Prevention Task Force to Hold Listening Sessions in Rochester

Members of the Governor’s Task Force for the Prevention of Bullying are convening listening sessions across the state to hear from Minnesota students, educators and community members on the issue of bullying and school climate. On Thursday, April 26, listening sessions will be held in Rochester. Read the April 24 media advisory.

• Obama Administration Names Three Minnesota Schools as First-Ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Out of the 78 schools nationwide selected for this honor, the three Green Ribbon Schools selected from Minnesota are North Shore Community School in Duluth, Garlough Environmental Magnet School in West St. Paul, and Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph. Read the April 23 press release.


ACTION ITEMS

• Technology Plans and Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Aid -- UPDATE

See the attached follow-up memorandum from Tom Melcher, director of School Finance Division, regarding the current technology plan requirement (Minn. Stat. §125B.26, subd. 2) to qualify for Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Aid. This memorandum is to provide a reminder that Minnesota Statutes, section 125B.26, subdivision 2, requires school districts, charter schools and intermediate districts to have a current technology plan on file with the department to qualify for Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Aid. The spreadsheet attached to this memo has been updated. Note the June 30 deadline.

For assistance with questions regarding completion of the plan, contact Anne Sheridan at mde.schooltechplan@state.mn.us. For assistance with questions regarding Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Aid calculations, contact Chris Kubesh at (651) 582-8319 or chris.kubesh@state.mn.us.

• Analysis of Pupil Transportation Revenues and Expenditures

Please see the memorandum from Tom Melcher, director of School Finance division, regarding the above-mentioned matter. Spreadsheets analyzing pupil transportation revenues and expenditures for