Department news and announcements

#Back2SchoolSPPS Twitter chat

Superintendent Valeria Silva and leaders from the Office of Personalized Learning and the Office of Equity will host a #Back2SchoolSPPS Twitter Chat from 6 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. The chat will give students, families, staff and the community an opportunity to ask SPPS leadership questions about the 2014-15 school year. Log on to Twitter and participate in the chat by using the hashtag #Back2SchoolSPPS. Watch the chat live and participate at

Getting in touch with schools all over the district

The school contact list has been updated and is accessible online. Please send corrections to

Nutrition Services highlights local food with 'Minnesota Thursdays'

The Nutrition Services department has exciting news about a new partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools that highlights locally-sourced food items. It’s called “Minnesota Thursdays,” and on the first Thursday of each month both district menus will feature seasonal Minnesota-grown ingredients.

This new effort is a special way to highlight local farmers, ranchers, and companies while providing fresh, delicious lunch options for our students. The Minnesota Thursday initiative is part of our Farm to School program, which aims to serve food from neighboring farms in school meals. It also teaches students about local food, nutrition and agriculture while supporting the local economy.

The first Minnesota Thursday menu will be offered on Sept. 4 and will feature ingredients sourced within a 200-mile radius of the Twin Cities.

Download this one page resource for help spreading the word about Minnesota Thursday

  • A newsletter blurb to share with families
  • A PA announcement to read over the loudspeaker on Sept. 4
  • A profile of one of the Minnesota Thursdays farmer suppliers

While we use local food sources often, we hope your students and staff enjoy the special lunch on the first Thursday of every month. Find more information about Minnesota Thursdays and our Farm to School program on our website at or check out our interactive menus at

Tom Parent named director of Facilities

Tom Parent, who has served as the interim director of Facilities since May 2014, has been appointed to be the director of Facilities as of August 20, 2014.

Mr. Parent began his service to SPPS in March 2011 as the manager of facility planning. In this relatively short tenure, he has developed the strategic plans for all of our 74 buildings and 465 acres of land, guided millions of dollars in construction costs and facilities improvements, and established standards for all of the school district's design and construction projects.

Since Mr. Parent assumed the role of interim director earlier this year, he has overseen all areas of facility planning, environmental services, skilled trades and custodial services. He established key performance indicators and accountability for the department, and has taken charge of the ambitious Facilities Master Planning process in partnership with key stakeholders from across the community.

Safety tip: slips, trips and falls

On average, over 200 employees fill out a First Report of Injury (FROI) form each year because of a slip, trip or fall. Ice and snow, liquids, grease and stairs cause the majority of these injuries, but low tech solutions can reduce or eliminate these hazards:

Wear proper footwear, such as anti-slip shoes
Coordinate with your building's custodial staff to clean up spills as soon as they happen
Watch your step!

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

SPPS Workers' Compensation, Property, Liability and Auto Insurance relocated to Facilities Department
Beginning 7/1/14, issues or questions on the following items can be directed to Cari Morgan in the Facilities Department:

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Property, Liability or Auto Insurance
  • Certificates of Liability Insurance
  • Reports of student/civilian incident
  • Employee injury reports
  • SPPS vehicle accidents

If you have any questions, contact the Facilities One-Stop at 744-1800 or email

Transportation timeline

The back-to-school transportation timeline is now available. See when you'll have access to E-Link to generate lists of student transportation data and when families will receive their bus stop postcards.

Recycling at work just got easier

The new single stream recycling program in all buildings will allow staff and students to mix paper, glass, metal and plastic recyclables together in classroom, office and hallway containers. All schools will receive new recycling containers and signage to accompany this program change. 

Additional changes will occur in the cafeteria waste and recycling process later in the year, for example milk carton and food waste recycling for schools that are not already participating.

For a full list of items that can now be recycled and more information on recycling in the cafeteria, please visit

Help us meet our goal of increasing the recycling rate from 34% to 60% by 2020. If you have any questions, contact the Facilities One-Stop at 744-1800 or email