While we get focused on the House and Senate omnibus bills, it’s important to remember that the governor has top priorities of his own. In education, Governor Dayton continues to push for a large investment in early childhood scholarships. He has stated many times that he likes scholarships as an important investment in education, and the business community supports scholarships as well.
The Senate is advocating for school property tax reform and all-day K as their top priorities. The House is pushing all-day K, equity reform and additional funding to the formula. The House tax bill has a provision to surcharge upper incomes on a one-time basis to pay back all of the remaining school shifts.
Five House members, including Reps. Marquart, Mariani, Brynaert, Morgan and Urdahl, will join five yet to be named Senate members in the E-12 budget conference committee. Conference committee rules require a majority of each side of the House/Senate conference committee to vote affirmatively to put a proposal into the conference committee report. Once work is finished on the conference committee report, it goes back to the floor for a vote.
We’d like you to take part in the Eden Valley – Watkins School District’s Strategic Planning process. Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources.
We have scheduled three community meetings to take place on May 15, 22, and 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Elementary Cafeteria to solicit your feedback and values as we develop our strategic plan. We would be happy to have you join us for refreshments and sandwiches as we shape the future for our school district. Please RSVP to Marsha Davidson in the District Office at (320) 453-2900 ext. 1142, if you would like to be involved.
Snow Make-Up Day:
Due to inclement weather conditions school was canceled on Thursday, April 11. This student contact day will be made up on Friday, May 31. Please make note of this schedule change in your home calendars. Enjoy the spring weather.
-May 31 is the end of fourth quarter and last student instruction day.
-June 3 is individual teacher work time and check-out for staff.
Senior of the Week:
The EV-W School District would like to recognize Stephanie Salzl, daughter of Gary and Susan. She is a top performer in the classroom and school, and has earned a number of college credits during her tenure. Stephanie’s friends describe her as creative, a talented writer, and well-respected classmate. She also serves as a positive role-model and advocate for the youth in our school and community, and participates as an officer in the National Honor Society. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!