What’s Happening in the Minnepolis Public Schools
Monday, December 17, 2007 10:30 PM

There are lots of things going on in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and if you are having a hard time keeping track of everything, here is a summary of some things you will be hearing about, if you haven’t already. Check the MPS website, www.mpls.k12.mn.us, for more information on all of these topics.

Strategic Plan. On December 11, the Board of Education voted to adopt recommendations that will provide the framework for a new strategic plan. The three broad categories include: Increase equity, expectations and achievement; focus resources; and strengthen relationships. In the upcoming months, the board and administration will wrestle with strategies in order to create an implementation "roadmap" by spring 2008 based on the recommendations.

Teacher Contract. The state-imposed deadline for having an agreement on the teacher contract is January 15. The teachers and the administration are currently in closed mediation sessions. You will no doubt hear much more about this as the deadline nears. The board and administration have created a newsletter called The MPS Communicator. To sign up for email delivery, go to http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us/The_MPS_Communicator2.html.

Closed schools. Most recently, the administration proposed to close Folwell middle school, but withdrew the proposal to allow more time for the community to respond and to consider alternatives. This issue will be important to follow as Minneapolis continues to see its enrollment decline. Check the MPS website to see a list of meetings scheduled to discuss what to do with closed schools and other properties.

Board Night Out. Tonight, Tuesday, December 18, members of the board will meet with the community for a general dialogue at Lyndale Community School, 312 W. 34th St. from 6:30-8:30pm. The Board does not take action on district business, so it is a good opportunity to speak to your Board members.

As a representative on the District Parent Advisory Committee, I try to keep on top of (many of) these things, so feel free to contact me, Ahndi Fridell, afridell@comcast.net or 612-836-0273.