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Special District 6 | District eNewsletter
December 13, 2018


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Congratulations to the South St. Paul Debate Team at the Classic State Debate Tournament

After 5 rounds of debate, two South St. Paul teams advanced to the final 16 teams: the team of Emily Gaddie and Adiana Contreras and the team of Emilo Verdin and Lydia Moorman. Both teams posted a 4-1 record.

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District receives clean financial audit

South St. Paul Public Schools received a positive report on its annual financial audit, which was presented to and approved by the School Board at the Nov. 28 meeting. Auditors issued an “unmodified opinion” on the district’s financial statements for the 2017-18 school year, which means no corrections were needed.

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Board Highlights
 

In an effort to keep SSPPS staff, families and community informed about the work of the South St. Paul School Board, we’ve included key actions and discussions below. 


Recognitions
  • Fall Activities Highlights - Activities Director Chad Sexauer along with coaches and advisors will provide a recap of the fall activity season, including recognition of several All-Conference student athletes and the recently awarded Spotlight Honors for student thespians.
     
  • Outgoing School Board Members - Members of the School Board and district administration recognized the outstanding commitment, dedication and work of outgoing School Board members Kristie Hood and Sarah Winslow-Brewer. Hood and Winslow-Brewer will conclude their tenure at the end of December.
 

Operational Discussions

  • Parameters for the 2019-20 school year calendar - Administration will use the parameters identified in the Guiding Change Document as it prepares a draft calendar for the 2019-20 school year. The calendar will be brought to the Board for discussion and approval in February or March.

  • Activities Department Update - Activities Director Chad Sexauer updated the Board on a potential co-op arrangement for SSP to participate in a boys’ lacrosse team. Details are pending, but if approved, competition would be available for the spring 2019 season.

  • TriDistrict Career and College Readiness Course Proposals - The Board approved expanding the current TriDistrict Career and College Readiness exploration offerings (currently offered in health care and transportation business and technologies) to include business and entrepreneurship as well as a construction trades technologies program.

 

Financial Actions

  • Approval of the Payable 2019 Property Tax Levy - The levy represents a decrease of 1.07 percent from last year’s overall district tax levy.

  • Approval of the 2018-19 Revised Budget - Note that the revised budget will serve as the starting point to begin developing budget projections for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years. In January, the administration will present information for discussion and approval regarding budget assumptions to use for these projections, including enrollment, state revenue, and future expenditure estimates.

Policy Updates (www.sspps.org/policies)

Recently updated district policies:

  • 208 (Development, Adoption and Implementation of Policies)

  • 307 (Emergency School Closing)

  • 413 (Harassment and Violence)

  • 418 (Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School)

  • 419 (Tobacco-Free Environment)

  • 420 (Students and Employees with Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases and Certain Other Communicable Diseases and Infectious Conditions)

  • 425 (Staff Development)

  • 506 (Student Discipline)

  • 509 (Enrollment of Nonresident Students)

  • 511 (Student Fundraising)

  • 618 (Assessment of Student Achievement)

  • 624 (Online Learning Options)

  • 707 (Transportation of Public School Students)

  • 709 (Student Transportation Safety Policy)

  • 710 (Extra-Curricular Transportation)

  • 713 (Student Accounting)

  • 721 (Uniform Grant Guidance Policy Regarding Federal Revenue Sources)

  • 750 (Purchase Card Program)


Policies currently under review:

  • 904 (Distribution of Materials on School District Property by Nonschool Persons)

  • 505 (Distribution of NonSchool Sponsored Materials on School Premises by Students an Employees)

  • 722 (Public Data Requests)

  • 903 (Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites)

  • 905 (Advertising)


 
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 19
Secondary Food Distribution

Thursday, December 20
Lincoln Center Food Distribution

December 24 - January 1
No School (district-wide)


December 26-28
Kids' Choice non-school day

December 24-25; Dec 31-Jan 1
Kids' Choice closed
District Office closed

SSPPS Photo Highlights
 Nov. 30 - Dec. 12

Students and staff providing a recap of the fall activity season at the School Board Quality-in-Action session.
Farewell for School Board members, Sarah Winslow-Brewer and Kristie Hood, as they conclude their tenure at the end of December.

Superintendent Webb sharing the needs of South St. Paul students at a listening session with Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan.

Students enjoying sledding during recess.
Special guests were invited to share their stories about the past and present with our first graders.
Mrs. Shubat's 1st graders would like to send out a big THANK YOU for the generosity of family and friends that sponsor the monthly Scholastic book program.

Join us in our social circles below!

#SSPpride


         

 


Show Off Your Packer Pride!

You might have seen some Packer Pride signs around our schools and neighborhoods.
If you spot one, take a picture with the sign! 

Share your Packer Pride picture with us using #SSPpride on Facebook,
Instagram and Twitter and we will share your picture!

We look forward to seeing your Packer Pride!

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