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  • Rotary grant provides mobile vision screener for South St. Paul students, helping them see and learn better

    The South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights Rotary Club granted South St. Paul Public Schools nearly $5,600 last fall, allowing for the purchase of a Plusoptix mobile vision screener for district use. The screener is used to detect vision disorders early on and has led to over 50 referrals and 11 eye glasses in the past two school years.

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  • Board, administration begin budget alignment process for 2020-21

    At a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, the South St. Paul School Board agreed to a budget adjustment target of approximately $1.17 million for the coming academic year. This discussion launches the district’s budget planning process for the 2020-21 school year. With fiscal parameters now established, administration will prepare recommendations for budget reductions, redesign and revenue generation (BRRRG) that will help address the district’s projected budget shortfall.

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  • District’s online payment system, FeePay, experience technical issues, service outages

    FeePay, the district’s online payment system for SSP Secondary Activities and Athletics, is offline. This is a FeePay outage impacting many school districts in the area, not just South St. Paul Public Schools. The outage impacts a user’s ability to log in, make payments to student/family activity accounts, sign up for activities, and reset passwords. Note that this FeePay service outage does NOT include payments made to district meal accounts (School Cafe) or Community Education programs (Eleyo).

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  • South St. Paul chosen for $20,000 grant to pilot new community-wide early learning initiative

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is pleased to announce the receipt of a $20,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to support the expansion of early learning programs and services throughout the South St. Paul community. The grant allows the district to build and align collaborative systems for learning, care and child development across providers and services for families with young children.

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  • Familiar face joins SSP Secondary leadership team

    Students, staff and families will see a familiar face in a new role at South St. Paul Secondary as Kristin Johnson begins her first day as an interim assistant principal. Johnson fills the vacancy created with Corey Knighton’s resignation in October. Johnson’s Packer Pride runs deep, having graduated from South St. Paul and spent her entire professional career at SSP Secondary.

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  • School Board approves annual tax levy, includes smaller increase than originally projected

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) homeowners will see a 5.83 percent increase on their 2019 Payable 2020 property tax levy, which is considerably less than the increase preliminarily approved by the board in September. While half of the increase is the due to a combination of annual cost increases and new payments for the purchase of the River Heights Professional Building, the other half of the levy increase is the result of rising property values in the community.

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  • District’s credit rating remains stable, provides positive outlook for financing of new facility

    Standard & Poor’s (S & P) Financial Service recently affirmed its AA- underlying and A+ unenhanced rating to South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) for the district’s financing to secure the purchase and renovation of the River Heights Professional Building. The certificates of participation (COPs) will be included in the district’s lease levy, which supports facilities use and maintenance for educational purposes. The positive credit rating keeps South St. Paul Public Schools in the top third of all Minnesota school districts rated by S & P.

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  • District financial audit shows strong fiscal stewardship despite funding challenges

    The district received a positive report on its annual financial audit, which was presented to and approved by the School Board at the Nov. 25 meeting. Auditors issued an “unmodified opinion” on the district’s financial statements for the 2018-19 school year, which means no corrections were needed and all accounting is in order. The audit also noted that the district had implemented adequate procedures to correct a minor finding in last year’s audit report.

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  • South St. Paul selected as one of four school districts to receive financial award from Dakota Electric Association

    Dakota Electric Association selected the school districts of Lakeville, Randolph, Red Wing and South St. Paul as this year’s recipients of donations from the unclaimed capital credits fund. Dakota Electric awarded a total of $46,000 of unclaimed capital credit money to the schools, which will be used to fund specific educational projects and reach district goals. South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) received $6,000 from Dakota Electric that it will use at Kaposia, Lincoln Center and SSP Secondary for advancements of the district’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program.

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