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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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  • 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.

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  • SSP School Board hosts first in series of engagement events focused on building and celebrating the South St. Paul community

    As part of its vision to enhance relationships with all members of the South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) community, the SSP School Board plans to host a series of community engagement sessions throughout the year. The focus of these sessions is to offer opportunities for district residents to get to know the school board and one another outside of the formal school board meeting setting through a variety of engagement methods and conversations. The SSP School Board is pleased to announce its first community engagement session on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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  • As residents receive property tax statements, school district continues work to ease burden on homeowners

    SSPPS homeowners will see a 5.83 percent increase on their 2019 Payable 2020 property tax levy, which is less than the 8.3 increase preliminarily approved by the board in September. Bushberger said that the district is still looking at a few additional options with the hope of lowering the 5.83 increase even more. “This year, South St. Paul saw an increase in property values of over 12 percent, which is good for homeowners,” he said. “But that increase in property values means the state provides less in aid and instead shifts more onto the taxpayer. The amount of revenue coming into the district does not change, but how the revenue gets divided between local taxes and state aid does.”

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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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  • Overall district enrollment continues to exceed resident student population, administration focuses on resident families choosing other options

    According to a report shared with the South St. Paul School Board on Oct. 28, enrollment trends over the last ten years show that while the district has served more students than reside in SSPPS, the number of school-age students living in SSPPS has declined over the last two years. In addition, the number of students open enrolling into SSPPS has remained constant, but the number of resident students choosing other educational options has increased.

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  • Kaposia Education Center’s efforts to build a more caring and supportive school community benefit from $1,000 award from Old National Bank

    Orange was the color of the day as students and staff at Kaposia Education Center gathered for a special assembly this afternoon in honor of Unity Day, a national effort of schools across the county to come together and share the message that no child should ever experience bullying. But this year’s bullying prevention assembly had an extra surprise in store, an oversized $1,000 check for the school to use to build on these efforts. Kaposia received the funds as a regional winner of an online contest sponsored by Old National Bank.

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  • South St. Paul Secondary receives 2019 Cultural Jambalaya Diversity Award celebrating student affinity groups and staff advisors

    South St. Paul (SSP) Secondary School’s affinity groups and their faculty advisors were recently honored at an event last night as a 2019 Cultural Jambalaya Diversity Award. The award honors those who have made a positive difference by advancing multiculturalism and ethnic diversity in their Minnesota communities. SSP was recognized for promoting conversations around the school’s increasingly diverse student population.

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  • Kaposia receives $4,000 grant for health and wellness initiatives

    This year, students at Kaposia Education Center will have even more resources to help them stay healthy and active. Last week Kaposia learned that it had been awarded $4,000 to support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which encourages students to eat healthy, be active and implement positive changes in their schools and communities. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy and the NFL in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture.

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