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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Kaposia, Lincoln Center receive grants from Action for Healthy Kids® and Cargill to advance student health and well-being

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is proud to announce that both Kaposia and Lincoln Center are among a small group schools to receive 2019-2020 Game On grants of $1,000 each from Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK). The grants are provided through funding from Cargill to expand student access to physical activity and healthy foods in school, improve knowledge and behaviors around physical activity and healthy eating, and engage parents in activities that reinforce healthy habits at home.

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  • Board approves new listening session format to increase dialogue and engagement with the community

    At its meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, the South St. Paul School Board approved a new format for its listening sessions with the goal of encouraging more authentic engagement with parents and community members. The new listening session format will start at the Board’s next meeting on Monday, Oct. 14.

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  • Board approves preliminary tax levy at maximum while working to reduce overall increase and ease burden on property owners

    At its meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, the South St. Paul School Board approved the preliminary tax levy for 2019 payable 2020. In keeping with past practice, the Board approved the maximum of the proposed levy with the intent of continuing to review levy categories for possible adjustments. District officials said that they are working with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to reduce the overall increase and ease the burden on property owners.

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  • District’s purchase of River Heights Professional Building to provide better learning environment for Community Learning Center and adult programs

    Since 1997, the Community Learning Center (CLC) has been housed inside Woog Arena. Prior to that, the CLC, which was established in 1990, has been housed in various non-school locations in the South St. Paul (SSP) community. Throughout its nearly 30 year history, the CLC has operated in facilities leased by the district, as there has not been available and appropriate district-owned space for the school. But starting in Fall 2020, the CLC and other district adult learning programs will have a new place to call home thanks to a recently approved purchase agreement for the River Heights Professional Building at 710 19th Avenue North.

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  • Amanda Kelly, Benjamin Path named National Merit Commended Students

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is pleased to announce that Amanda Kelly and Benjamin Path have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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  • SSPPS seeks community representative to serve on the Central Square Community Center Advisory Board

    South St. Paul Public Schools is accepting applications for community members interested in serving as a school district representative on the Central Square Community Center (CSCC) Advisory Board. The position is a 3-year term beginning in November of 2019. The board normally meets on the third Thursday in the months of January, March, May, August, and November.

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  • South St. Paul’s John Deneen named National Merit Semifinalist

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is pleased to announce that John Deneen, SSP Secondary senior, has been named a 2020 National Merit Semifinalist. Deneen, who last year earned a perfect score of 36 on his ACT, is among an elite group students from across the country for the distinction, a group that includes less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

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