Tricounty News

May 2 Update

Legislative Update and Financial Targets

The legislature continues to move towards the mandatory May 19 end date. As I write this Thursday afternoon, financial targets for the various components of the budget have not been made public. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) continues to support the House target of $75 million dollars for education. The largest piece of the allocation goes to an additional 1 percent increase in the general education funding formula. As previously stated, the Senate bill has $41 million for education. Of that, $10 million goes toward the training associated with the implementation of the new teacher evaluation mandates that will go into effect statewide next fall. The governor has allocated $3.5 million that the state will pay toward reduced price lunch for those students qualifying. If you have the opportunity, please contact your local legislators, Senator Bakk, Speaker Thissen, and Governor Dayton to encourage their support of the 1 percent increase in the general education funding formula. The additional 1 percent funding is truly needed by our school district to support the new policies and provisions for implementation of the Safe and Supportive School Act, teacher evaluations, and World’s Best Workforce initiatives.

Senior of the Week

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Teresa Bautch, daughter of Lee and Kelly. She is one of our top academic performers and enrolled in a number of college courses. Teresa is involved with many school clubs, activities and athletic programs. Her plans for the fall include attendance at St. Catherine’s University to study Optometry. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!

Famous Quotes

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

-Harriet Tubman