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September 2, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week


Can school boards mandate mask wearing in schools?

Some of your school board members and you may be receiving communication from constituents and others questioning whether or not school boards have the legal authority to mandate masks in schools. It has come to my attention that some of the communication includes threats of litigation against individual school board members, the school district and individual superintendents. 

Messages suggesting litigation are concerning. There is a resource you will find helpful in reassuring your school board and others that the school board has the “general charge” of the district. I recommend referring to a recently released Q & A by MSBA that addresses this topic. Here is the link Discussion begins on the bottom of page 2. 

If after reading, you are still concerned about possible litigation, I recommend you contact your school district legal counsel for further advice. 

How can band-aids be used to teach fairness?

Here’s a quick video of one creative teacher who shares her effective lesson on fairness.

If you need a confidential resource, your MASA Professional Assistance Team, P.A.T., is eager to assist you!

I am pleased to inform you that the individuals listed below have agreed to serve on the P.A.T. for the 2021-2022 school year!  This resource is provided by the MASA Foundation and our members are grateful to have these confidential individuals to contact for expertise or advice as needed.

Joe Gothard
St. Paul School District
Cell: 651-587-2895
Office: 651-767-8152

Jerry Nesland
Cell: 218-640-0267
Office: 218-894-2439
Home: 218-385-3194
Patty Phillips
Cell: 651-357-0996
Jeff Olson
Cell: 507-340-0628
Home: 507-934-9195

Gary Prest
Cell: 612-202-4684
Office: 612-626-8647




Leadership Matters:

“Leaders know the importance of having someone in their lives who will unfailingly and fearlessly tell them the truth.”

Warren G. Bennis




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Detailed information may be found at and the MASA Calendar.

Sept. 13 DUE: MASA Service Recognition Forms Click Here to Complete Form
Sept. 15 Workshop: School Tax Elections: Planning for Success in the New Normal - Register online:
Sept. 15 DUE: MDE GEER I and ESSER I Summer 2020 Funding (FIN151, FIN1.)  Funds for expenditures from January 1-June 30, 2021 must be drawn by September 15, 2021
Sept. 17-18 MN Aspiring Superintendents Academy
Sept. 25-26 MASA Board of Director's Meeting | DECC, Duluth
Sept. 26 Great Start Cohort Session #2 | DECC, Duluth - Join the Cohort Group Here 
Sept. 26 Dale G. Jensen Golf Tournament - Click Here to Register
Sept. 26-28 MASA Fall Conference - DECC, Duluth - Click Here to Register
Oct. 1 DUE: MDE ARP ESSER III Applications (FIN160 & FIN161)
Oct. 27 MASA Finance Academy | MASA Offices Join the Finance Academy Here.  
MASA Great Start Cohort Session 3 | MASA Offices Join the Cohort Group Here 


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