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Action items: March 27, 2017

  • Superintendent search events scheduled for this week
    Saint Paul Public Schools will host several events this week related to the search for a new superintendent.

    Following months of input from community meetings, surveys and feedback sessions, the Board of Education is getting closer to selecting the district’s next leader. Please review the important dates below.

    • March 29 - A community event to Meet the Candidates will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Washington Technology Magnet School, 1495 Rice St. Childcare and interpreters will be available and check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.
    • March 30 - A special Board of Education meeting to interview the candidates from 5-8:30 p.m. at the SPPS Administration Building, 360 S. Colborne St.
    • Date to be determined - A special evening Board of Education meeting to select the new superintendent.

    Please share this information with your families by distributing the flyers below.

    Visit for more information about each of these events as it becomes available.

    Principals, Assistant Principals and staff who enter discipline in Campus: Discipline reporting clean-up
    The spreadsheets that list discipline reporting problems for the second quarter 2016-17 have been posted on the SPPS Data Center website. Any errors or red flags should be corrected and all third quarter incidents should be entered by April 1, end of day.

    Making these corrections is essential for providing accurate internal discipline analysis as well as the required report to the Minnesota Department of Education.  

    Weapons reports are reviewed on a one-quarter lag to give schools the opportunity to make corrections based on the automated feedback (in the Problems tab) first. Therefore, only first quarter weapons reports are posted in the weapons tab in this report.

    Each school's report has been placed in the password-protected part of the SPPS Data Center website. The report includes everything entered in Campus as of January 31.

    If you have questions, please contact Cindy Porter at 651-767-8371 or

    Teachers: Steps to transfer for 2017-18 school year
    Teachers who wish to transfer to another site for next school year should view this document for information on the steps to transfer sites.

    Teachers and Staff: Sabbatical leave information for 2017-18
    Application for 2017-18 sabbatical leave must be received by Human Resources by April 1.

    The Professional Development Advisory Committee, in collaboration with Human Resources, has identified the following areas for sabbatical leave in the 2017-18 school year:

    • Math and Science
    • Special Education
    • Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Hmong and French language fluency at the elementary level
    • French Language fluency at the secondary level
    • Montessori certification (work toward certification with a 50 percent sabbatical leave while teaching 25 percent)

    Information on sabbatical leave is available under Article 11 in the teachers’ bargaining agreement. Additional information and application forms are available on the Human Resources website.

    Contact Julia McBride-Bibby at with questions.

    Elementary Principals and Teachers: Sign up for free field trip to plant flower beds at the State Capitol
    Community Education and the Minnesota State Capitol grounds crew invite fourth and fifth grade students to plant the spring flower beds at the state capitol and learn about the importance of pollinators to our environment.

    The planting field trip will take place the morning of Wednesday, May 24 with rolling commitments for about an hour of planting time. Participating classes must also be able to commit to the May 25 rain make-up day. This is a free field trip.

    Field trips will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis; teachers will receive participation verification the week of April 24. Scheduling of time slots will be done based on transportation. If you have questions, contact Tyler Berres at


    Teachers and Administrators: iPad student return deadline is June 2
    The last day for student iPad use is June 2. This allows time to conduct inventory and recover missing devices during the last week of school. Students with iPad use in their IEPs may qualify for an extension. Please work with IEP case managers to submit a request.