THE HENTON HEADLINES
December 9, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week
Important: Template to Advocate on Behalf of the Bus Driver Shortage:
Noelle Ellerson Ng of AASA provided this template for school districts to send to Secretary of Education Pete Buttigieg regarding the bus driver shortage. There are four recommendations contained within the letter that will resonate with you.
It would be helpful if you could review the template, share with your school board, print on your school district letterhead, and send it to Secretary Buttigieg. Thank you for your consideration.
Congratulations Superintendent Horton!
Press release from NSPRA follows a well deserved honor for Jeff Horton:
Jeff Horton Named a 2021 NSPRA Superintendent to Watch
The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) has named Jeff Horton, Superintendent for the GFW Schools a recipient of the 2021 Superintendents to Watch award. This year, 19 superintendents from around the country were selected for the honor in recognition of their innovative and effective use of technology to engage and inform the school community, and to expand two-way communication and outreach efforts. This annual NSPRA award recognizes up to 25 school district leaders each year who have fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent and who demonstrate dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core. Congratulations, Jeff!
Commissioner Mueller Reconvenes Superintendent Advisory Group:
You may recall that in December of 2020, AMSD (Association of Metropolitan School Districts) and MASA requested Commissioner Mueller convene a group of superintendent representatives to seek their opinion on matters involving school districts. She agreed and met a number of times asking their advice and informing them of MDE direction to come.
We recently requested the Commissioner reconvene the group and she agreed. She held their first meeting of the school year this past week. Should you wish to bring topics to them that they in turn could discuss with the Commissioner, here is the member list:
Superintendent Jeff Elstad, Owatonna Public Schools
Superintendent Cory McIntyre, Osseo Public Schools
Superintendent Sandra Lewandowski, Intermediate School District 287
Superintendent Sherri Broderius, MACCRAY Public Schools
Superintendent Theresa Battle, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public Schools
Superintendent Matt Grose, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Superintendent Jeff Ronnenberg, Spring Lake Park Public Schools
Superintendent Laine Larson, Brainerd Public Schools
|Dec. 23-27||Holiday - MASA Offices Closed|
|Dec. 28||DUE: MDE The Levy Certification System|
|Dec. 31||DUE: MDE Compulsory Instruction Compliance Data Reporting|
|Dec. 31||Holiday - MASA/MASE Office Closed|
|Jan. 1||First Day of National Mentoring Month|
|Jan. 6||MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Virtual | 11 am - 1 pm|
|Jan. 9||School Resource Officers Day|
|Jan. 9-14||National School Librarians/Library Week|
|Jan. 21-22||MN Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy|