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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

The Henton Headlines: March 3, 2022

THE HENTON HEADLINES
March 3, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week

PSEO Information on your website: Did you know about the March 1 deadline?

I was recently presented with a 32 page draft report written by “People for PSEO.” Included in the report titled, “A PSEO Information Gap Report,” is data indicating that many high schools/district websites are not in compliance with MN statute Sec. 124D.09 MN Statutes. Subdivision 7 of the statute deals directly with dissemination of information by schools/school districts and the March 1 deadline. 

I encourage you to review the statute and to mark your calendar, or have relevant staff mark their calendar in future years to comply with the March 1 deadline.

Leadership Matters:

“We can judge the new generation of teens. Compare them. Be frustrated by them. Punish them. Label them or write them off. Or we can do our job and Coach them. Lead them. Connect with them. Learn from them. Encourage them. Believe in them. I N V E S T in our FUTURE LEADERS” - Kate Leavell


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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 4 Maintenance Workers Appreciation Day & Employee Appreciation Day
March 9 MASA Great Start & Finance Academy | Minneapolis Marriott NW
  MASA Board Meeting | Minneapolis Marriot NW
March 10 - 11 MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Register Online
April 20 MASA Great Start Cohort | Quora Education Center, Little Canada
June 23-24 MASA Board of Directors Retreat | 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
February 16-23, 2023 AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX