From the Superintendent: Keeping Students at the Center While Facing Budget Challenges

You likely are aware by now that our district faces a $15.1 million budget shortfall for the coming school year. You also know there’s no quick fix for a deficit of this size. This weekend schools received their proposed budgets for next year. The challenge facing all of us is how to make the smallest possible impact on our students as we balance revenue and expense.

Video: Hundreds of SPPS students to perform at the Ordway

More than 450 Saint Paul Public Schools student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists will showcase their skills and talents during the 25th annual Honors Concert on Tuesday, April 19, at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features performances by all-district high school orchestra, band and choir students. General admission tickets for the concert may be purchased for $5 online or at the Ordway box office the night of the event.

Action items
  • Staff: SUTR application extended deadline and upcoming information sessions
  • School staff: Distribute 2016-17 transportation request forms

  • All staff: Nominate an SPPS Teacher for Saint Paul Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year Award
  • Staff: Register your site for the Walk ’n’ Roll to School Day, Wednesday, May 4
  • Staff: Create a 1-minute ‘We Made a Difference’ Video and win funds for your community action projects
  • Staff: Attend the 25th Annual SPPS Honors Concert and Visual Art Exhibition
  • Elementary principals and teachers: Free field trip to plant flower beds at State Capitol
  • All staff: Spread the word about SPPS school nurse informational interviews
  • 3 Riverview educators receive grants to attend Latino Racial Equity Leadership event
  • SPPS students, staff featured in ‘I Am SPPS’
Department news
  • Security and Emergency Management, Office of Communications Relocate
  • Stay up to date with the Multilingual Learning newsletter
  • Supporting Our LGBTQ+ Youth and Children: A Forum for Education and Discussion is April 30
  • Final installment of ‘Telling Our Stories’ is TODAY at the MRC
  • Free tickets to Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concert available for fifth grade students
  • Equity in the Classroom series continues at the Multicultural Resource Center
  • Get your team together and join the Wellness Cup Team Challenge
  • Have you taken your Health Assessment?
  • Calling all runners and walkers: Join the SPPS Twin Cities Marathon team
Teacher grants
  • Upcoming grant deadlines