From the superintendent


Dear Colleagues:

Seeing our board room packed full of teachers, parents and other community members for our board meeting last Tuesday and hearing impassioned stories about how our work to ensure racial equity has impacted the lives of students was incredibly energizing. The conversation was engaging and constructive, and I truly hope that board meeting sets the stage for future engagement opportunities in the coming months. More than just communicating better, we in SPPS must be better at inviting feedback and two-way dialogue. Board meetings are just one way we can do that. Thanks to those of you who attended.

For those of you unable to come on Tuesday, I encourage you to learn how to get involved in school district decisions. This summer we’re opening even more opportunities for people to give their feedback and play a role in shaping how SPPS operates.

With more staff, family and community input early on, we believe we can anticipate and avoid potential problems next fall and ensure smooth operations in our schools and classrooms.

On another note, I am pleased to share with you that SPPS will be the beneficiary of some additional funding as a result of Governor Dayton signing the supplemental budget bill last week. Early estimates suggest that our district will receive approximately $3.6 million. Much of that money is “categorical,” meaning it has to be used for a specific purpose, and a significant portion is for one-time uses only. About 25 percent of the funding, for example, has to be used for teacher development and evaluation.

There will be some money for the General Fund, though, so once we have all the final details we will examine how these new funds can be allocated to schools in the most efficient, effective manner. I will let you know as soon as I know more.

In the meantime, thank you for doing everything you can for a smooth and productive end to our school year. The end is in sight!

Your very proud superintendent,

Silva Signature


Valeria S. Silva