We had concerns that Covid may rise in the school community after spring break, but we have seen just the opposite. Even though we still need to be careful and take precautions to keep each other safe, we are experiencing a reprieve from Covid cases and our number of positive cases are less than other illnesses. ONE10 Covid Dashboard. A Big Thanks to all those that have taken extra precautions to keep Covid out of our schools. Hopefully we can finish the school year without high concerns of Covid and the pandemic becomes endemic.
Wishing All at ONE10 an Enjoyable and Stress Free Spring!!
Minnesota School Boards Association, MSBA, is the search firm working with ISD 110 to help find the next superintendent to lead ISD 110. In an effort to gather stakeholder input and explain the entire process, MSBA held an online Q&A session on March 24. The informative session explains the process, answers questions and addresses some concerns that were raised about the search process. Watch Q&A
During the Q&A, someone asked if they could see the position application. Please see them below while noting that the candidates’ written responses are private and cannot be publicized.
1. What is your approach to building a successful leadership team? Describe the specific competencies and leadership traits you would look for in administrative colleagues, and how you would engage the team in the school community.
2. What was it that drew you to education and what keeps you here? How did those motivators influence an initiative you are proud of leading or participating in over the course of your career?
3. Having read the leadership profile for this position, please explain why you feel you are a match for Waconia Public Schools.
A digital brochure has been created to help market the opening to potential candidates. The brochure has great information, including a leadership profile, that stakeholders will likely find helpful. View Digital Brochure
ISD 110 school board wants to hear from you and is asking for your input on what you would like to see in the next superintendent. Click here to complete a comprehensive superintendent search survey. Your responses will be summarized by MSBA and presented to the board at the April 14 special meeting.
The timeline and entire search process are outlined on the website and the information is updated accordingly. View Superintendent Search Information on Website
If you have any questions about the search process, please contact Barb Dorn at: (507) 508-5501.
Hiring Season is Here
This is the time of year when we start to post positions to replace staff that are retiring, leaving their position or moving to a new job. We are thankful for the school board's support in giving the authority at the work session to hire the positions needed next year to continue our great programming at ONE10. We look forward to bringing in high quality candidates for our open positions. Throughout my career, I have found that the hiring season has come earlier every year. When I came out of college in the 80’s, schools did not hire staff until the summer months once college was completed. The staff hiring season has moved over time to become much earlier, and now April/May is prime hiring season. I am very proud of our hiring process at ONE10 that has produced wonderful results. In almost every position hired, the stakeholder groups that work with the position are part of the interview process, including students who are sometimes the best voice at the table. We have a great track record of bringing high quality staff to ONE10 and we look forward to seeing our next class of great employees.
This is the time of year to get involved and watch the legislative process in MN. Decisions that affect the budget and policies in MN schools are decided by legislators through new bills that are being developed this time of year. I have been in conversations with our legislative representatives over the past couple of weeks and I am encouraged by their passion to help our school district. There are two priority areas that are being considered that would have a huge impact on our school district and taxpayers if passed. The first is a bipartisan tax relief bill….HF3224 /SF3554. This bill as written today would generate additional revenue of $892,919 for ONE10 and would give a total tax relief to our taxpayers of $2,895,121. This is a very good bill for ONE10.
The second priority is addressing the SPED cross subsidy concern that is impacting all MN schools. With a nearly $10 Billion state surplus and knowing MN schools are underfunded by nearly $800 million due to not fully funding SPED mandated education, now is the time to address this underfunded Cross Subsidy issue in MN. A few years ago the State of MN implemented changes to the SPED funding process which dramatically impacted the ONE10 budget causing us to go into SOD and created a huge increase in our SPED cross subsidy. Our high cross subsidy that decreases the general education funds by nearly $1,000 per student is among one of the highest in the state due to us providing a great education for students with special needs. As I have stated during many testimonies at the state capital, “those schools that provide great education for students with disabilities should not have less funding for all students at their school”. This cross subsidy concern has made it to the state capital, yet legislators are still not sure how to make it right. I will keep you posted when I hear of bills that are being created to address this. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our state legislators and express your support for the HF3224 /SF3554 bills for tax equalization and your concern for underfunding causing a huge SPED cross subsidy. Thank you for your efforts to help ONE10.
Waconia City Partnership Continues to be Strong
Throughout this school year I have had the opportunity to meet several times with the new city administrator, Shane Fineran. Shane and the city staff have a genuine collaborative spirit of wanting to make sure we work together to provide the best we can for the Waconia and ONE10 community. We are currently looking at crisis planning, ice rink management partnership and the Safari Island shared agreement to make sure we have a supportive partnership. The newly appointed Carver County Sheriff Sergeant and the newly hired Waconia Fire Chief have both expressed their interest in getting into our schools to meet with students in order to form positive relationships, to educate and to support our ONE10 students and staff. It is great to have a wonderful partnership with the cities we serve.
Paul David, our communications director, is wrapping up staff training on the district’s new crisis communications app called VOLO. Paul has been working with all employee groups over the past month and a half to roll out the technology. Having the app on the personal phones of staff is voluntary. VOLO helps bring everyone together in seconds during an emergency. Staff, administration and first responders are all working together through the app to mitigate a crisis as quickly as possible…keeping everyone as safe as possible. ISD 110 is working with Carver County Sheriff’s Office, Waconia Fire and the City of Waconia along with Ridgeview Ambulance. First responders will be trained on the app in the near future. ISD 110 will start using the app to run some drills internally with the ultimate goal of hosting crisis drills in conjunction with first responders.