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  • Students showcased their personal projects at the IB MYP Personal Project Fair

    More than 150 personal projects were showcased at the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Personal Project Fair this year. Considered by the IB as a student’s culminating experience in the MYP, the Personal Project is an extensive, independent inquiry into a topic of choice in which students demonstrate and apply the skills they have learned.

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  • Contest provides free smart thermometers to Kaposia Education Center families

    Thanks to a contest won by teacher Megan Erickson, free thermometers were offered to Kaposia Education Center families this fall. The smart thermometers have helped nurse Shawnee Krueger build connections between home and school and monitor trends at school.

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  • Ten student-athletes celebrated at National Letter of Intent Signing Day

    Congratulations to ten of our South Saint Paul student athletes who were honored at a National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony to continue playing their sport at the collegiate level!

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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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  • 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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