April 20, 2016
Greetings LMAP Families!
There are two important items for our community that I would like to share with you this week.
First, we are holding a community input meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 21 at the lower campus (Linwood) from 6:00pm until 8:00pm to share the progress in forming the design plan for our facility upgrade and expansion. We will also be providing formal opportunities for parents and neighbors to share concerns and ask questions about the scope of the project. As you may or may not know, last fall LMAP upper and lower campuses were approved by the SPPS School Board to be included in the district’s five-year Facility Master Plan (FMP). We’ve been working with SPPS Facilities and U+B Architects to create our design plan. We look forward to gaining input from parents and neighbors from our school community as we complete the design plans for both schools.
Secondly, due to budget cuts in the 2016-17 school year, we will need to reduce elective offerings and/or staffing at both campuses. In the middle school we will be moving to a six-period day. In order to make an informed decision, I would like to hear your input around the elective/specialist course offerings you value most for your child. Input is being collected using an electronic survey that is being sent out this evening, Wednesday, April 20.
Please complete the survey by clicking on the link.
The survey is one data point, and other points will be taken into consideration as I make these difficult decisions to ensure we meet the needs of your child(ren) in the coming year.
Additionally, a budget meeting will be held next Thursday, April 28th at 6:00pm at the Monroe auditorium. We invite all parents to attend the meeting to learn more about how the budget reductions will impact Linwood Monroe Arts Plus.
Looking forward to connecting with you at one of our upcoming events.
Bryan E. Bass, Principal
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus
From the Principal
It is an honor to become a member of this outstanding school community. Linwood Monroe Arts Plus (LMAP) celebrates a rich history of arts-infused education for all learners.
As a long-time educator I have extensive experience in leading schools that embrace the arts. This experience has driven my belief in the power of the arts to transform educational outcomes for all students.
Most recently, I have served as principal of Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School in the East Metro Integration District. I have also served as principal of Brooklyn Center Junior/Senior High School, where I was a part of a leadership team that created an arts magnet program. This program twice won Magnet School of Excellence Awards from Magnet Schools of America.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College, a Master of Arts from Saint Mary’s University, and an Education Specialist degree and licensure from the University of Saint Thomas. I expect to complete the dissertation for a Doctor of Education degree at St. Cloud State University this autumn.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Katherine and our two daughters, competing in events and races such as marathons and triathlons, and listening to live music.
I look forward to serving the LMAP school community as your new principal.
Bryan E. Bass