🕳 Dr. Deb Henton begins her new role as MASA Executive Director
Dr. Deb Henton brings a wealth of experience to this role, including her work as an administrator in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts. Deb most recently served as the Superintendent of the North Branch Area Public Schools and she is the 2019-2020 MASA Past President.
MASA is excited to welcome Deb to this important role serving the MASA mission, and we are grateful for her willingness to lead.
Work: 651-645-6869, or 651-645-6272
🕳 2020-21 MASA Board of Directors Click Here
🕳 COVID-19 Information and Resources
Visit https://www.mnasa.org/Page/164 or click the COVID-19 tab above.
🕳 At the Capitol: Special Session Update: June 22, 2020
Omnibus Education Policy Bill Passes
The House and Senate did pass an omnibus education policy bill. HF33 includes the same language that failed to pass the last night of the regular legislative session. Below is a summary of the key provisions.... click here to read more.
🕳 2020-21 MASA Committee Sign-up!
If you are interested in serving on a MASA committee, please fill out the short survey with your committee interests: https://forms.gle/9JfVMijuSBnmZKc97.
The committee sign-up will close at 4 pm on September 1, 2020.
Each committee has at least 18 members, including two from each of our nine regions. Committee terms are for two years. If you are currently serving your first term year, you will continue on that committee for the second term year. Please refer to www.mnasa.org/committees if you are unsure of your current committee standing.
- Executive Development Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Federal Advocacy Committee
- Legislative Committee
- MASA Foundation Board
🕳 Nominations Open! 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year
The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) is inviting nominations for the 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. The recipient of this prestigious award will be a candidate among other state winners for the National Superintendent of the Year.
The program pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our state’s public schools. Any superintendent, chancellor, or top leader of a school system in Minnesota who plans to continue in the profession may be nominated.
The nomination deadline is Aug. 1, 2020.
Click here for more information and to nominate.
🕳 2020 Superintendent Changes/Searches
Adrian Public Schools: Filled by Principal Molly Schilling
Alexandria Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Rick Sansted
Big Lake Schools: Filled by Superintendent Tim Truebenbach
Browns Valley Schools: Filled by Instructor Carmen Hills
Buffalo Lake-Hector: Filled by Superintendent Michelle Mortensen
Carlton School District: Filled by WI Superintendent John Engstrom
Columbia Heights Schools: Filled by Superintendent Zena Stenvik
Deer River Schools: Filled by Superintendent Jeff Pesta
Detroit Lakes Public Schools: Filled by Principal Mark Jenson
Duluth Public Schools: Filled by Associate Superintendent John Magas
Eastern Carver County Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams
Farmington Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jason Berg
Fillmore Central SchEllinools: Filled by Principal Heath Olstad
Freshwater Education District: Filled by Director Eric Weber
Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Jeffrey K. Horton
Grand Rapids and Bigfork Schools: Filled by Superintendent Matt Grose
Hastings Public Schools: Filled by Ass't. Superintendent Robert McDowell
Henning Public Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Jerry Nesland
Hermantown Community Schools: Filled by Principal Wayne Whitwam
Jordan Public Schools: Filled by Ranae Case Evenson
Kelliher School District: Filled by Principal Paul Grams
Kenyon-Wanamingo School District: Filled by Superintendent Bryan Boysen
LeRoy-Ostrander: Filled by Superintendent Jennifer Backer-Johnson
Lewiston-Altura School District: Filled by Superintendent Gwen Carman
Lyle Public School: Filled by Principal Jamie Goebel
Maple Lake Schools: Filled by Superintendent Mike Rowe
Marshall Public Schools: Filled by Director Jeremy Williams
McGregor School District: Filled by Principal Bradley Johnson
Milaca School District: Filled by Director David Wedin
Minnewaska Area Schools: Superintendent Richard Ellingworth
Moose Lake Community Schools: Filled by Principal Billie Jo Steen
Mora Public Schools: Filled by Principal Daniel Voce
Nett Lake Schools: Filled by Instructor Peter Hardy
North Branch Area Schools: Filled by Assistant Superintendent Sara Paul
Nicollet Public School District: Filled by Superintendent Steve Malone
Ortonville Public Schools: Filled by Principal Corey Larson
Pelican Rapids School District: Filled by Interim Brian Korf
Pine River-Backus Schools: Filled by Principal Jonathan Clark
Redwood Area Schools: Filled by Superintendent Becky Cselovszki
Renville County West: Application Deadline July 13, 2020
Rockford Area Schools: Filled by Interim Superintendent Rhonda Dean
Rush City Public Schools: TBD
Saint Peter Public Schools: Filled by Superintendent Bill Gronseth
Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools: Filled by Superintendent Bradley Bergstrom
St. Clair Schools: Filled by Superintendent Tim Collins
St. James School: Filled by Principal Steve Heil
Stillwater Area Schools: TBD
Thief River Falls: Filled by Principal Donita Stepan
Tri-City United: Filled by Superintendent Lonnie Seifert
Warren-Alvarado-Oslo: Filled by Principal Kirk Thorstenson
Waseca Public Schools: Filled by Director Eric Hudspith
Watertown-Mayer Schools: Application Deadline July 8, 2020
🕳 2020 MDE Back-to-School Conference - Back to Better
The conference is currently scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11th and 12th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. The theme for this year will be “Back to Better”. As you might expect, the exact structure for the conference is in flux. We are working with the Marriott to determine their room capacities when social distancing is being followed. We will need to know what type of gatherings are allowed before anything can be finalized. Options being considered include an in-person conference, a virtual conference, or some type of hybrid conference (in-person/virtual). Regardless of the structure, this will be a great opportunity to connect with your colleagues from around the state as you prepare for another challenging school year.
At this point, please mark your calendars for August 11th and 12th. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.
🕳 Join MASA Today!
Whether you are a new administrator or a seasoned leader, I would personally like to encourage you to become (or remain) an active member of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Our organization represents more than 900 educational administrators throughout Minnesota.
To meet the individualized needs of our members, MASA provides a multi-tiered professional learning platform featuring a variety of conferences, workshops, and online learning. In addition to professional learning opportunities, we offer consulting and mentoring, legislative advocacy, and legal assistance when necessary. Most importantly, MASA provides our members with a professional network of colleagues.
As one of the strongest voices for public education, MASA has a solid and collaborative working relationship with state and federal policymakers, state department officials, and other educational associations. Together, we work to promote progressive ideas to improve our schools. MASA members serve in advisory capacities to top officials in our Department of Education and our organization has strong links to many of the businesses that serve public education in Minnesota.
Our national organization, the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), is a compelling voice for public education in Washington D.C. and provides a variety of valuable member resources. MASA members who also join AASA enjoy the security of a $1 million dollar professional liability insurance policy as well as an enhanced level of legal support. Click here to join!
🕳 2020 AASA Virtual Legislative Advocacy Conference
Following is information about the 2020 AASA Legislative Advocacy Conference which will be held virtually July 7-9. There is no cost for an AASA member to participate. Non-AASA members will pay $50 to attend. Additional information can be found at the following link: https://www.aasa.org/legconf.aspx.
🕳 2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium
To Our MASA Member Superintendents Who are Women —
We hope you are all well and navigating these challenging days. Our schools need excellent leadership regardless of the circumstances and we know you are up to the challenge! We would like to invite you to consider an opportunity from AASA to enhance your leadership skills and network with other leaders who are women from throughout the US. Please review the invitation below and consider participating in AASA's 2020 National Women’s Leadership Consortium. The invitation includes the schedule — a mix of virtual and “in-person” meetings — as well as the registration link. We know you will find this experience to be personally valuable and career-enhancing.
Thank you for considering this opportunity!
David Law, JD, MASA President, and Superintendent, Anoka-Hennepin School District
Deb Henton, EdD, MASA Past President and Superintendent, North Branch Area Public Schools
Gary M. Amoroso, Ph.D., Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
The consortium will meet:
For more information click here
Questions? Contact Valerie Truesdale, AASA assistant executive director, at 703.774.6930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to join? Reserve your seat today.