Endorsements

Endorsements

CURE Communities United for Rochester Empowerment A nonprofit community organization. "Join CURE – Communities United for Rochester Empowerment – as we bring people together to hold decision makers accountable." OutFront Minnesota Mission "OutFront Minnesota’s mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are free to be who they are, love who… Continue reading Endorsements

Student Programs

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

A couple years ago, RPS  didn't have enough sixth grade classrooms for gifted (G)  and highly gifted (HG) students who had been identified in fourth grade in preparation for middle school placement.  I am proud to have been a strong supporter of the additional classrooms, teachers and resources to meet their educational needs at Kellogg… Continue reading GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

School Security

School Security Grants

School security..... Rochester Public Schools received funding from the Minnesota Department Safety Grant for additional school security: $28,000 for a door alarm system at Rochester Area Learning Center $60,000 for a door alarm system at Ben Franklin elementary school. A visitor to a Rochester Public Schools building is buzzed in after stating their name and… Continue reading School Security Grants

School Buildings

To Build or Not to Build?

The City of Rochester is growing. Enrollment in Rochester Public Schools is growing. Five elementary schools have exceeded 100% capacity, five more are between 95%, and 100% capacity, and an additional five are between 92.8% and 95% capacity. It is clear that additional space will be needed to accommodate our students. The District also works… Continue reading To Build or Not to Build?

Platform and Focus

Platform and Focus

Platform All students and staff are treated equitably and with respect. All students are ready for kindergarten. Foster a school climate in which students and staff are nurtured and safe. Graduates are prepared for career and/or post secondary education.  From The Graduate Profile: Equity is a lens through which all decisions should be made. Family… Continue reading Platform and Focus

School Buildings

City Comprehensive Plan and the Schools

Someday a Downtown School? Over the past several years I’ve had a few informal conversations with the superintendent and a city colleague about the possibility of a downtown school someday, perhaps in conjunction with Destination Medical Center (DMC).  If it were to be seriously considered, my vision of a downtown school would be to sustainably serve… Continue reading City Comprehensive Plan and the Schools

Student Programs

Special Education Funding

Rochester Public Schools receives State and Federal dollars which partially fund Special Education.  The remaining funds come from the General Fund of the School District, which is the bulk of the budget. If the State and Federal governments were to fully fund Special Education, Rochester Public Schools would receive about $18M additional funding annually.  If… Continue reading Special Education Funding