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Mar 27th


Saint Paul Public Schools provides free summer meals as part of USDA program

Free meals will be made available this summer to all children 18 years of age and under, and persons 19 years of age and over who have a mental or physical disability (as determined by a State or local educational agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program (established for the mentally or physically disabled).

The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), begins Monday, June 21 and ends Friday, Aug. 27, 2010. Meals will be available at over 75 sites throughout the city, including community sites, recreation centers and schools. Meals may include breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack, depending on their hours of operation. For information about specific sites, call the Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services Department at (651) 603-4950 or visit

The Summer Food Service Program is an effort to ensure that children in lower-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during school vacations. More information about the program is available at

Minnesota LTAP announces Roads Scholar Program graduates

Minnesota LTAP announces Roads Scholar Program graduatesThe Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) announces its fifth graduating class from the Roads Scholar Program, which includes Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) northwest region superintendent Dewayne Jones.

According to Jones, who has worked 23 years for Mn/DOT, the LTAP Roads Scholars Program has been helpful to his career. "The LTAP classes provided me with new technology and ongoing research that I can use to achieve my greatest goals in my job," he said.

Khai Clardy goes to Washington D.C

Khai Clardy goes to Washington D.CKhai Clardy, a sophomore at Highland Park Senior High, was recently nominated to represent the state of Minnesota as a National Scholar at the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) to be held in Washington D.C. this summer. She will attend the conference July 24 - August 2.

Her nomination places her among a select group of the nation’s top high school students. Less than 1% of all high achieving students are presented with this opportunity, and many alumni of the program report that it is a life changing experience.

With members of the United States Congress serving on the Honorary Congressional Board of Advisors, the National Young Leaders Conference is the premier leadership program in the country, designed for the nation’s best and brightest high school scholar.

Bill Green refl ects on leaving Minneapolis school post

Bill Green refl ects on leaving Minneapolis school postJune can be a bittersweet time for many of us at the Minneapolis Public Schools. Our students wrap up the school year and a mixture of sadness and excitement is in the air. Our principals, teachers and all staff are proud of the accomplishments our students have made. Our schools are all hosting annual celebrations, carnivals, performances, recognition activities and commencement ceremonies. A special congratulations to our graduating seniors who are ready to tackle the ‘real world.’

June 30 will be my last day as Superintendent of Schools and I feel mixed emotions myself. Serving the Minneapolis Public Schools’ students, staff and community has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I hope you will feel, at the end of my term, that all of our students’ lives and educational experiences have been as enriched as mine has been in serving them. I know that change, while it may be unsettling, is essential for growth. It helps us expand our understanding and our experience. We are committed to building a lifelong passion for continuous learning in all of our students and learning to cope and even thrive with change is part of that education.

University of Notre Dame Valedictorian Katie Washington: A terrific role model

University of Notre Dame Valedictorian Katie Washington: A terrific role model As colleges and universities across the country celebrated their students’ accomplishments this commencement season, the news about the top student at the University of Notre Dame was especially inspiring for me. Twenty-one-year-old Katie Washington from Gary, IN, made history as Notre Dame’s first Black valedictorian. Katie was a biological sciences major with a minor in Catholic social teaching who earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is planning to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. next at Johns Hopkins University, and she said she was “humbled” and “in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving” by being named valedictorian. In a culture filled with superficial celebrities, beautiful, brilliant, hardworking young women and men like Katie are real role models and ought to be on the cover of our magazines. They’re who our children should aspire to be.

Minneapolis Board of Education approves contract for Bernadeia Johnson

Minneapolis Board of Education approves contract for Bernadeia JohnsonThe Minneapolis Board of Education unanimously approved a contract with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent-designee Bernadeia Johnson last Tuesday evening.

“I am extremely hopeful for the future and excited to lead this work,” said Johnson. “I am eager to focus on the academic work of the district and I know we can do great things for the children of Minneapolis.”

The contract which was approved at Tuesday night’s board meeting specifies that Johnson will receive an annual salary of $190,000. The contract also contains provisions for a performance-based bonus tied to academic achievement of students. Annual performance goals will be formally established by the school board in writing by August 31 of the contract year. The school board has sole discretion to determine whether or not the goals were achieved.

While the contract also contains provisions for family health insurance, dental insurance, disability and life insurance, Johnson chose to forego additional benefits normally included in the superintendent’s package and opted to receive terms and conditions similar to the contracts in place for the Minneapolis Public Schools’ executive leadership team. This contract includes cuts to paid vacation and sick time and the elimination of personal time. Johnson hopes that by forfeiting these benefits, she will lead the way for other administrative and professional employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Admission Possible year end graduation celebration

Admission Possible year end graduation celebration Largest group of students yet complete two-year college prep program

Nearly 1,000 low-income students celebrated this school year’s achievements at the ninth annual Admission Possible-Greater Twin Cities Year-End Graduation Celebration May 22 at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium.

The seniors at the celebration successfully completed a free two-year college prep program through Admission Possible. In the program, they worked with an AmeriCorps coach to cover 320 hours of comprehensive curriculum ranging from ACT practice tests to campus visits, with the final goal of gaining admission to college, securing financial aid and choosing a school that’s a good fit.
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