The Henton Headlines: May 19, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 19, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Did You Know?

As of this writing, 41 legislators are not returning next year-20 in the House and 21 in the Senate. That will mean a lot of relationship building for us to do.

Long-time Educator and MASA Member Needs Kidney Transplant:

Former Minneapolis Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson shared publicly that she has stage 5 kidney disease and is in need of a kidney. More information about her illness and kidney donation can be found here.

Superintendent Openings:

There have now been at least 67 school districts that have had/will have leadership changes since Fall 2021. This represents the highest number of superintendent openings in the past 20 years. We have a lot of mentoring to do!

MESPA, MASSP & MASA Master Class on Principal Evaluation well-attended!

In the first attempt in recent years to bring together members from these education organizations a Master Class on principal evaluation was held with MDE staff and 93 participants! Thanks to MDE staff and all participants. If you have other topics you would like to have our education organizations offer together in a free virtual Master Class, please let me know.

My absence:

I will be on vacation beginning May 23 through May 27. You can always feel free to call me, but if I am unavailable, please contact Mia Urick, MASA Director of Professional Learning, at 651-491-4557, or mia.urick@mnasa.org. You may also contact MASA President Dan Bittman at 763-234-3299, or daniel.bittman@isd728.org.

Leadership Matters:

“Be kind with each other, Show patience for each other, Motivate each other, Learn from each other, We need each other.” - Tweeted by LollyDaskal (@Lolly Daskal) 


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 27 MSHSL Activity Registration & Participation Numbers
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: May 12, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 12, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

MASE Executive Director John Klaber to retire:

Many of you know and have worked with John over the years. The MASE Best Practices Conference occurring May 11-13 is his final conference as Executive Director. Please join me in thanking John for his dedication to special education over the years and his partnership with MASA. You can share your sentiments on a Padlet for his retirement here: https://padlet.com/MNASE/klaber.

Here’s to a wonderful retirement for John filled with good health, happiness, pickleball matches, travel, and events with family and friends!

Proposed new rules for charter school applications:

Recommended reading…

https://www.chalkbeat.org/2022/5/9/23064344/biden-cardona-charter-school-rules-regulations 

Leadership Matters:

“Challenges in life always seek leaders and leaders seek challenges.” - Wayde Goodall


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
Mahy 27 MSHSL Activity Registration & Participation Numbers
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
July 15 MSHSL Supply Order
July 31 MSHSL Membership Dues
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: May 5, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
May 5, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Millions of Ukrainian children are still in school despite the war:

Not a long read, but one I recommend as it demonstrates how important learning is no matter the circumstances. Distance learning is challenging anywhere/anytime, but imagine when the air raid sirens are sounding.

Here is a link to the full article and an excerpt: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/05/1090821103/ukrainian-children-are-still-in-school-despite-the-war

“...Since Feb. 24, more than half the country's children have been pushed from their homes. At least two million are refugees outside the country, a number that grows daily. It's one of the biggest, and fastest, disruptions of children's lives since World War II.

Safety, housing, food, and medical care are the top priorities, but a surprising number of families are also keeping up with school. When the war started, Ukraine's Ministry of Education declared a two-week school holiday. But since then, teaching has resumed remotely. The Ministry says nearly three million, a majority of the country's school-aged children, have shown up for online learning, at least a bit. The country is even broadcasting video lessons on television. It may seem surprising, but the world is newly familiar with remote learning thanks to the pandemic. And Ukraine's focus on maintaining education is in line with an emerging philosophy of disaster response — one summed up in the name of a special fund at the United Nations: Education Cannot Wait. The fund has just announced $5 million in donations to help children affected by the war with learning and mental health services....

In countries including Poland and Bulgaria, and in safer parts of Ukraine, there are informal settings that resemble the learning hubs set up in the U.S. during the pandemic. Here, students can sign on to their remote lessons with their teachers and classmates from back home, and also play sports and do other activities in person....”

Leadership Matters:

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” - Stephen R. Covey


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 10 MASA Women's Leadership Network | Register
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2 Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX
March 8, 2023 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW
March 9-10, 2023 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW

The Henton Headlines: April 28, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
April 28, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Did you know…

  • That PELSB passed a motion effective March 14, 2022, to allow out-of-state exams to be used for content and pedagogy exams in place of Minnesota exams? This may be helpful to your Tier 2 teachers who have passed exams in other states and need to complete this as one of the required components before moving to a Tier 3 license. 
  • There is a grant opportunity passed as part of the 2021 legislative session called “Come Teach in Minnesota?” This grant provides funding for school districts to offer hiring bonuses to teachers who are American Indian or people of color who move to Minnesota. Here is a link to additional information: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/equitdiv/ComeTeach/.

Leadership Matters:

“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” - Dale Carnegie


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

April 1 First Day of Counseling Awareness Month
First Day of Month of the Military Child
First Day of World Autism Awareness Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
April 29 Lailat Ul Qadr
May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 10 MASA Women's Leadership Network | Register
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
August 11 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
December 7 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center
January 5 MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX

The Henton Headlines: April 21, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
April 21, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Action Alerts are coming soon and we need your assistance:

As legislators work toward approving final legislation for the governor, it is imperative they hear from you. We are especially concerned about a Data Privacy Bill that would allow families to opt-out of programs you are using for academics like Schoology and SPED Forms. We also believe the time is now to address the Special Education and English Learner cross-subsidies.

We will send you language and an easy-to-use system that will allow you to contact your representatives directly to let them know how impactful their budgetary and policy decisions are on your individual district.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy!

Congratulations Assistant Superintendent Jenna Mitchler!

Bloomington Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Jenna Mitchler has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Jenna will spend several weeks this summer in Tajikistan, learning about and supporting work related to design thinking and educational leadership. The scholarship provides funding for participants to build relationships with international institutions and communities.

Leadership Matters:

“Public education is important not because it serves the public, but because it creates the public.” - Benjamin Barber (tweeted by Superintendent Kent Pekel)


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

April 1 First Day of Counseling Awareness Month
First Day of Month of the Military Child
First Day of World Autism Awareness Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
April 17-22 National School Volunteer Week
April 21 Administrative Assistants Day
April 22 Nat'l Earth Day
April 27 Administrative Professionals Day
April 29 Lailat Ul Qadr
May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX

The Henton Headlines: April 14, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
April 14, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Please Contact your Congressional Representatives re: Child Nutrition Waivers

I have been in contact with Noelle Ellerson Ng of AASA regarding the bills mentioned below and learned AASA supports these efforts and needs our advocacy. 

Click here learn more and inside the blog you will find yet another link so that you can contact our legislators seeking their support of these bills. 

Without either of these bills, the nutrition waivers will expire June 30, 2022. Additionally, the end of the waivers will mean flexibility around meal patterns will end regardless of your ability to access the food necessary to meet regulations, and the Seamless Summer Option program will end and you will once again have to collect Free and Reduced Price Lunch applications. 

Thank you for your support!

Leadership Matters:

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Superintendent Rick Ellingworth of Lac qui Parle Valley also tweeted, “Stay strong! Help others do the same!”


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

April 1 First Day of Counseling Awareness Month
First Day of Month of the Military Child
First Day of World Autism Awareness Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
April 15 MASA Offices Closed
April 17-22 National School Volunteer Week
April 18 MASA Offices Closed
April 20 MASA Great Start Cohort | Quora Education Center, Little Canada
April 21 Administrative Assistants Day
April 22 Nat'l Earth Day
April 27 Administrative Professionals Day
April 29 Lailat Ul Qadr
May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 11-13 MASE Best Practices Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 19 Juneteenth
June 23-24 MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA & MASE Membership Renewal
August 1 MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 26-28 MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX

The Henton Headlines: April 7, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
April 7, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

MASA Member Appointed to State Board:

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan announced a Maple Grove resident was appointed to the Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations Board of Directors.

Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel of Fridley Public Schools will be an Education Representative - School District Level Administrator on the board. The term expires on January 2, 2023.

The board promotes and supports career and technical student organizations as they work to provide student opportunities for leadership, personal development, community service, and career preparation. Congratulations Kim!

Updated number of Superintendent Openings:

MASA staff have identified 56 superintendent openings since September 2021.  Of this number, and as of this morning, 30 have been filled-some multiple times during the year.

I add a disclaimer that MASA might not know of some openings and some appointments by school boards. 

I am republishing below information I had shared in the Henton Headlines on February 3, 2022, so that you have context for how the openings compare with the last 20 years.

SUPERINTENDENT VACANCIES HISTORICAL DATA

Year Openings
Spring 2021 54 superintendent openings
Spring 2020 51 superintendent openings
Spring 2019 57 superintendent openings
Spring 2018 42 superintendent openings
Spring 2017 61 superintendent openings
Spring 2016 48 superintendent openings
Spring 2015 39 superintendent openings
Spring 2014 47 superintendent openings
Spring 2013 42 superintendent openings
Spring 2012 48 superintendent openings
Spring 2011 52 superintendent openings
Spring 2010 57 superintendent openings
Spring 2009 48 superintendent openings
Spring 2008 56 superintendent openings
Spring 2007 26 superintendent openings
Spring 2006 62 superintendent openings
Spring 2005 65 superintendent openings
Spring 2004 54 superintendent openings
Spring 2003 54 superintendent openings
Spring 2002 31 superintendent openings
Spring 2001 44 superintendent openings
   
  Total Positions: 1038
  Average over 21 years: 49

 

MASA Member Elected to AASA Executive Committee: 

Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools Superintendent David Law has been elected to serve on the AASA Executive Committee for Region 3. Read the full press release here. Congratulations, David!

Leadership Matters:

“We don’t need a title to lead. We just need to care. People would rather follow a leader with a heart than a leader with a title.” - Craig Groeschel


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

April 1 First Day of Counseling Awareness Month
First Day of Month of the Military Child
First Day of World Autism Awareness Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
April 11 MASA Elections Close | 4 pm
April 13 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 1-2 pm | Zoom
April 15 MASA Offices Closed
April 17-22 National School Volunteer Week
April 18 MASA Offices Closed
April 20 MASA Great Start Cohort | Quora Education Center, Little Canada
April 21 Administrative Assistants Day
April 22 Nat'l Earth Day
April 27 Administrative Professionals Day
April 29 Lailat Ul Qadr
May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 23-24 MASA Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA Membership Renewal
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX

The Henton Headlines: March 31, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
March 31, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

New Interim Leader Named to Lead the Board of School Administrators, BOSA:

Karen Schaub has been named the new Interim Executive Director of BOSA. She will begin her position on Friday, April 1st.

1884 Como No more!

The MASA office located at 1884 Como Avenue has been sold and the MASA Board of Directors passed a resolution enabling me to sign the final papers at the closing on April 1-no joke! Staff will continue to work remotely and meetings will be held at the Marriott Northwest and the Quora Education Center which is part of ISD 916. 

You can expect the same great service from MASA staff who will carefully monitor this new arrangement to ensure this is the best direction for our organization in the years to come. 

Leadership Matters:

“Surround yourself with people that push you to do and be better. No drama or negativity. Just higher goals and higher motivation. Good times and positive energy. No jealousy or hate. Simply bringing out the absolute best in each other.” - Warren Buffett


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

April 1 First Day of Counseling Awareness Month
First Day of Month of the Military Child
First Day of World Autism Awareness Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
April 2 First Day of Ramadan - April 2-May 1, 2022.
April 4 National School Librarian Day
April 4-8 National Assistant Principals Week
National Robotics Week
April 5 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 8-9 am | Zoom
April 11 MASA Elections Close
April 13 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 1-2 pm | Zoom
April 15 MASA Offices Closed
April 17-22 National School Volunteer Week
April 18 MASA Offices Closed
April 20 MASA Great Start Cohort | Quora Education Center, Little Canada
April 21 Administrative Assistants Day
April 22 Nat'l Earth Day
April 27 Administrative Professionals Day
April 29 Lailat Ul Qadr
May 1 First Day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
First Day of Military Appreciation Month
First Day of National Mental Health Awareness Month
May 2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 National Nurses Day
May 30 MASA Offices Closed
June 1 First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
June 23-24 MASA Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA Membership Renewal
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX

The Henton Headlines: March 17, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
March 17, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

Should MASA once again collect superintendent salary and compensation data?

I am often asked for current salary and compensation information for superintendents which I do not have. MASA has collected this information in the past. If we do so again, this will of course be voluntary, shared only with those who participate, and we will need participants to input data on an easy to complete spreadsheet. 

I request your feedback to ensure this is a worthwhile effort. Please send me a quick yes or no at https://forms.gle/DGfEtvA29x9wyMG99.

My absence for a spring break:

I will be on vacation beginning March 21 through March 25. You can always feel free to call me, but if I am unavailable, please contact Mia Urick, MASA Director of Professional Learning, at 651-491-4557, or mia.urick@mnasa.org. You may also contact MASA President Dan Bittman at 763-234-3299, or daniel.bittman@isd728.org.

Leadership Matters:

“If you want to be remembered, be kind.

If you want to leave your mark, be generous.

If you want to make a difference, be attentive.

If you want to be forgiven, be apologetic.

If you want to learn, be teachable.”

- LollyDaskal 


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

March 1 First day of Women's History Month
March 18 MASA Elections Open
March 18-19 Aspiring Superintendents' Academy (re-scheduled from January) | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 5 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 8-9 am | Zoom
April 11 MASA Elections Close
April 13 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 1-2 pm | Zoom
April 20 MASA Great Start Cohort | Quora Education Center, Little Canada
June 23-24 MASA Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA Membership Renewal
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX

The Henton Headlines: March 10, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
March 10, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

MASA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING SYNOPSIS:

The board met on March 9, 2022, and worked through a robust agenda. Some of the items were standard review and others listed below might be of greater interest to you:

  • MASA has accepted an offer for the sale of 1884 Como Avenue. The final investigation period for the buyer ends on March 13.  If no issues arise, a closing will be scheduled for April 1, 2022. The sale price of $795,000 is just above the asking price of $793,000 and is an all cash offer.
    • MASA and MASE meetings for the next year will be held in rental space with another school district. Details are still being worked on and more information will come in the weeks ahead.
  • The Class AA MASA position on the MSHSL Board of Directors vacated by Dr. Teri Staloch who is leaving the superintendency will be filed by St. Louis Park Superintendent Astein Osei. Astein was appointed by the board to fill out the remainder of Teri’s term which will expire on July 31, 2023. 
  • Beginning July 1, 2022, a new member benefit will be offered to MASA members. The board approved a contract with the Joe Donovan Group to provide urgent/crisis communication at no cost to member school districts!  Members will have direct access to the Donovan Group. All urgent/crisis communication developed by the Donovan Group will be customized to the school district’s needs and become the property of the school district. Any school districts who wish to work separately with the Donovan Group on other matters; for example, communication for operating and/or bond elections, or strategic planning, will be able to enter into a separate contract with the Donovan Group which will result in revenue sharing of 5% of the gross total contract to be provided to MASA. This will help defray the cost of the new member benefit. The Donovan Group has worked successfully for years with Wisconsin and has already provided immediate assistance to some of our members. I recently shared a possible response from the Donovan Group to a Tik Tok challenge for your use which I have learned was very helpful to many of you. The Donovan Group will also provide professional development at MASA conferences as requested. The board is very excited to offer this benefit to our members!
  • Membership dues for the 2022-2023 school year will remain the same.
  • The contract with Ewald Consulting was approved enabling us to continue working with Lobbyist Valerie Dosland.  

Leadership Matters:

“Communication is not about saying what we think. Communication is about ensuring others hear what we mean.” - Simon Sinek


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Detailed information may be found at
https://www.mnasa.org/whats-new.html and the MASA Calendar.

March 1 First day of Women's History Month
March 10 - 11 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Thank you to attendees and exhibitors!
March 15 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 1-2 pm | Zoom
March 18-19 Aspiring Superintendents' Academy (re-scheduled from January) | Minneapolis Marriott NW
April 5 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 8-9 am | Zoom
April 13 Educational Equity Power Hour Discussion | 1-2 pm | Zoom
April 20 MASA Great Start Cohort | Quora Education Center, Little Canada
June 23-24 MASA Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW
July 1 MASA Membership Renewal
October 1 MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake
October 2-4 MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX