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Superintendent Column: Thank You for an Incredible Year

Superintendent Joe Gothard

Dear Colleagues,

As we close out the 2018-19 school year, I want to thank you, our educators and staff, for an incredible year. Over the last two weeks, 2,380 students earned their diploma from Saint Paul Public Schools. Our graduates are leaving SPPS prepared and ready to pursue their dreams in college, career and life. We should all be incredibly proud.

Together in partnership, as a school district serving more than 37,000 students, we have accomplished many great things. This past year we set our sights on several challenging goals, including passage of our referendum - for which we remain grateful and accountable to Saint Paul voters; the release of our new strategic plan, SPPS Achieves - which sets goals for student achievement, guides our decision making and focuses our efforts on long-term outcomes; and increased funding from the State legislature - needed support to balance our budget.

Below is a link featuring highlights from our year:

Many of us will be working hard over the summer to prepare for a great 2019-20 school year. We will be opening a new E-STEM Middle School, hiring additional educators and staff, preparing classrooms, participating in classes and Professional Development (PD) and continuing our efforts in our strategic focus areas as outlined in SPPS Achieves.

Thank you so much for all that you do, and the challenges you consistently overcome. While participating in graduation ceremonies the past couple of weeks and talking with students, staff and families I sense an unparalleled commitment to live our mission and - Inspire students to think critically, pursue their dreams and change the world.

I hope you have the opportunity this summer to spend time with your family, friends and loved ones. I encourage you to take in experiences that are rewarding and help bring new insights and renewed energy to your role in SPPS.

Best wishes for a safe, healthy and happy summer.

In partnership,


Joe Gothard