Department news and announcements

Facilities Department staff wear new uniforms
To make Facilities Department staff easily recognizable by all patrons of the school district, all maintenance, trades, distribution and grounds crew staff began wearing uniform shirts on January 2. The shirts are forest green or white (for painters only), and include the SPPS logo and the employee’s name.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Facilities One-Stop hotline at 651-744-1800

Mileage reimbursement rates for 2014
SPPS reimburses staff for the miles they drive for approved trips at the rate established by the IRS. Effective January 1, 2014, the IRS rate for business use auto reimbursement will be $0.56/per mile. This is down from $0.565/per mile in the calendar year 2013. The mileage database has been changed to reflect the change in rate for 2014 and will calculate the correct reimbursement rate according to the date of the trip. If you have any questions on mileage, please send an email to mileage.help@spps.org.

Department name changes
Several departments have combined, changed names, or taken on new roles since the end of the 2012-13 school year. Review the Department Name Change Guide for help in understanding the changes.

Additional Yoga Calm training added for late-dismissal schools
Yoga Calm is a student-centered program that teaches the scientific practices of mindfulness, social/emotional learning and yoga-based movement. Learn and apply practical, research-based interventions that impact student focus, attention and connection to others.  An additional section has been added in PD Express for those schools with a later dismissal time.

  • Date: January 30, 2014
  • Time: 4:45-7:45 p.m.
  • Location: Center for Professional Development, 345 Plato, Training Room 1

SPPS apparel available for purchase
This winter, SPPS employees will have the opportunity to purchase SPPS branded apparel. Visit www.companycasuals.com/spps to browse the store and purchase items. The Saint Paul based Brown and Bigelow Company is offering the clothing at the lowest possible price and at the highest quality. Note that apparel purchases are not required by SPPS leadership. Please contact Paul Adams at 651-767-8141 with questions.