MDE Weekly Superintendent Mail

June 26, 2014


Request for Feedback to Shape Minnesota’s School Construction and Siting Guidelines – Response Needed by June 27

The Minnesota Department of Education’s Guide for Planning School Construction Projects in Minnesota (the MDE Guide) is used by school administrators and school architects/designers when schools are built or remodeled. The Public Health Law Center and Wilder Research are partnering on a project that will inform the revision of the MDE Guide to incorporate guidelines that support and encourage student health and wellness. Your responses to these questions will be used to understand how schools and communities work together and to develop recommendations to improve the planning process. Your feedback is important, as it will help shape the recommendations made to MDE and the revision of the MDE Guide.

You can help influence future school construction and siting guidelines in two key ways:

· First, please share your feedback by clicking the link below to access the online survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes of your time to complete. Please complete the survey no later than Friday, June 27. Complete online survey for superintendents.
· Second, you can help us reach others in your district. To learn more about school design features and programs that support physical activity and healthy eating, we have developed a separate survey to be sent to school principals. However, we need your help to reach them. Please take a minute to forward the link below to principals in your school district and encourage them to complete this survey to offer feedback that will influence future school construction and siting guidelines. (A separate survey will be sent directly to school food service directors.)

Principals are invited to complete the following survey on or before Friday, June 27. Online survey for principals.

We know the timing of this request comes at a very busy time of year. Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond to this survey!

This project is funded by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with additional support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. If you have additional questions about this project or survey, please contact Melanie Ferris at Wilder Research (651-280-2660 or

Disclosure of Breach in Security; Notification and Investigation Report Required

Effective August 1, 2014, Chapter 284 of the 2014 Laws of Minnesota amends Minnesota Statutes, section 13.055, to apply to all government entities in Minnesota, not just state agencies. Beginning August 1, this data practices statute will apply to school districts and charter schools.

The statute requires government entities to notify individual data subjects when nonpublic data about them has been subject to a breach of security of the data, and to conduct investigations into breaches of security. A breach of security of data means unauthorized acquisition of data maintained by a government entity by an unauthorized person, including “any person who accesses government data without a work assignment that reasonably requires access or regardless of the person’s work assignment, for a purpose not related to the person’s work assignment.”

For more information, please reference the new language in the law (Minn. Stat. § 13.055) on the Revisor of Statutes website, or consult with your district legal counsel.


2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference – August 5-6

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) present the 2014 Back-to-School Leadership Conference Tuesday-Wednesday, August 5-6, 2014, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. All are welcome. Bring your team! For more information and to register, visit the conference website.


Libraries and Service Delivery Consultation – Seeking Applicants for Stakeholders Group

The 2014 Minnesota Legislature directed the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to consult with people knowledgeable about state libraries and service delivery on increasing service delivery and collaboration between library governance systems. The consultation will include a review of options for changing current library procedures and governance systems, and ensuring equitable and cost-effective access to library services statewide. The charge includes consideration of how to increase access to emerging electronic services. A report is due to the Legislature by February 1, 2015.

The group will meet monthly at the Minnesota Department of Education. The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 18, 2014, 1:30–3:30 p.m. Meetings are tentatively scheduled for September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15, and January 12 (if needed).

Minnesota Session Laws, Chapter 272, Article 7, section 2, specifies broad representation from a number of different interest groups. On behalf of the commissioner, we are now accepting applications from individuals interested in representing the following stakeholders:

· Metropolitan area public libraries, other than regional public library systems
· Greater Minnesota public libraries, other than regional public library systems
· Greater Minnesota public school library media specialists
· Metropolitan area public school library media specialists
· Metropolitan area cities
· Metropolitan area counties

One individual representing each of these stakeholders will be selected from applications received. To apply, please send your name, contact information, stakeholder group represented, brief resume and a short statement of related experience (no more than one page) by email to Jennifer Nelson ( Application Deadline: 5 p.m. on July 18, 2014.

Minnesota Board of Teaching Licensure Actions

The Minnesota Board of Teaching has taken the following licensure actions:

· Pickenpack, Joan (FF# 250172) Ms. Pickenpack’s teaching license was suspended on June 26, 2014, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until she meets the requirements of the Board of Teaching.
· Zeise, Mark (FF# 218065) Mr. Zeise’s teaching license was suspended on June 26, 2014, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 270C.72, until he meets the requirements of the Board of Teaching.