District Finance Update, February 2021

Desplácese hacia abajo para leer en español

Hoos u rog si aad ugu akhriso Soomaali

Dear Robbinsdale Area Schools community,

I’m writing to share a finance update with you. School districts need to have an external audit performed each year, per Minnesota law. Each year, a final audit report is shared with the School Board and made available to the public

During last night’s school board meeting, our District’s external audit report was unanimously approved by the Board. While we continue to work to restore our fund balance, the audit report highlighted several positive areas.

  • The General Fund’s total fund balance increased $1.6 million during the year. We continue to rebuild our General Fund unrestricted balance, which is now positive. 
  • Last year’s four audit findings were corrected by the District.
  • The audit reported no deficiencies in the District’s internal control over financial reporting considered to be a material weakness. 
  • Additionally, the District received a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials for last year’s (Fiscal Year 2019) comprehensive annual financial report.

The firm that performed our audit, MMKR, follows practices outlined in a guide that is authored and updated each year by the Minnesota State Auditor’s Office. MMKR issued an “unmodified opinion” on the District’s financial statements, the highest opinion they can give. This means that based on their review, MMKR believes the financial statements fairly represent the District’s financial position and the results included for the fiscal year under audit (and all of the data and disclosures) are correct.

For the audit, MMKR reviews internal financial and accounting controls to ensure processes are working properly, and reports on any areas needing improvement. Areas for improvement are categorized as material weaknesses (the most severe) and significant deficiency (which is less severe).

The report describes one area of significant deficiency over internal controls for nutrition services. Contracting for goods or services with parties that are suspended or debarred from participating in contracts involving the expenditures of federal program funds wasn’t documented. However, the District did not contract with anyone who was suspended or debarred. The District has taken steps to correct this by checking the federal list of vendors who have been suspended or debarred and documenting this action.

In response to a question from a Board member, a representative from MMKR spoke about the State Auditors petition report. While conducting their audit, MMKR stated the District had taken steps to correct what the State Auditor’s Office pointed out and didn’t find anything that wasn’t being properly addressed.

As we look toward the future, we continue to be diligent with taxpayers dollars while maximizing our financial resources. COVID-19 has impacted schools significantly - Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Burrage testified to the Legislature about this last week. Schools will need increased funding in order to support student’s needs - such as additional mental health support, robust summer educational programming and technology access. 

Another factor which impacts school district funding is enrollment. We have great schools with fantastic teachers and staff - now is the time to speak with your friends and family, and encourage them to check out Robbinsdale Area Schools.


Sincerely,

Greg Hein
Executive Director of Finance
Robbinsdale Area Schools


Estimada comunidad de las Escuelas del área de Robbinsdale,

Les escribo para compartir novedades de la parte financiera con ustedes. Los distritos escolares deben realizar una auditoría externa todos los años, según la ley de Minnesota. Cada año, se comparte un informe final de auditoría con la Junta directiva de la escuela y también se pone a disposición del público.

Durante la reunión de la junta directiva del lunes, el informe de auditoría externa de nuestro distrito fue aprobado por unanimidad por la Junta directiva. Mientras continuamos trabajando para recuperar nuestro saldo de fondos, el informe de auditoría resaltó varias áreas positivas.

  • El saldo total del Fondo general aumentó $1,6 millones durante el año. Cabe mencionar que seguimos reconstruyendo nuestro saldo ilimitado del Fondo general, que ahora es positivo.

  • El Distrito corrigió los cuatro hallazgos de la auditoría del año pasado.

  • La auditoría no informó deficiencias en el control interno del Distrito sobre los informes financieros considerados como una debilidad importante.

  • Además, el Distrito recibió un Certificado de excelencia en el Estado financiero de la Asociación de funcionarios de negocios escolares por el informe financiero integral del año pasado (año fiscal 2019).

La firma que realizó nuestra auditoría, MMKR, sigue las prácticas descritas en una guía que la Oficina del auditor del estado de Minnesota desarrolla y actualiza cada año. MMKR emitió una "opinión sin modificaciones" sobre los estados financieros del Distrito, la opinión más alta que pueden dar. Esto significa que, según su revisión, MMKR cree que los estados financieros representan fielmente la situación financiera del Distrito y que los resultados incluidos para el año fiscal que está siendo auditado (y todos los datos y divulgaciones) son correctos.

Para la auditoría, MMKR revisa los controles financieros y contables internos para garantizar que los procesos funcionen correctamente e informa sobre las áreas en las que se necesita mejorar. Las áreas en las que se debe mejorar se clasifican como debilidades importantes (las más graves) y deficiencias significativas (las menos graves).

El informe describe un área de deficiencia significativa sobre los controles internos de los servicios de nutrición. No fue documentada la contratación de bienes o servicios con partes que están suspendidas o excluidas de participar en contratos que involucren los gastos de los fondos del programa federal. Sin embargo, el Distrito no contrató a nadie que estuviera suspendido o inhabilitado. El Distrito ha tomado medidas para corregir esto revisando la lista federal de proveedores que han sido suspendidos o inhabilitados y documentando esta acción.

En respuesta a una pregunta de un miembro de la Junta directiva, un representante de MMKR habló sobre el informe de petición de los auditores del estado. Mientras realizaba su auditoría, MMKR declaró que el Distrito había tomado medidas para corregir lo que señaló la Oficina del auditor del estado y no encontró nada que no se estuviera abordando adecuadamente.

Mientras miramos hacia el futuro, continuamos siendo cuidadosos con el dinero de los contribuyentes al mismo tiempo que maximizamos nuestros recursos financieros. COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto significativo en las escuelas. La superintendente interina, Dra. Stephanie Burrage, testificó ante la Legislatura sobre esto la semana pasada. Las escuelas necesitarán más fondos para apoyar las necesidades de los estudiantes, como apoyo adicional en la salud mental, una sólida programación educativa de verano y acceso a la tecnología.

Otro factor que afecta los fondos financieros del distrito escolar es la inscripción. Tenemos excelentes escuelas con maravillosos maestros y personal. Ahora es el momento de hablar con sus amigos y familiares e invitarlos a formar parte de las Escuelas del área de Robbinsdale.

Atentamente,

Greg Hein
Director ejecutivo de finanzas
Escuelas del área de Robbinsdale


Bulshada Qaaliga ah ee Dugsiyada Aagga Robbinsdale,

Waxaan u qorayaa inaan idinla wadaago horumarada dhaqaale ee ugu dambeeyay. Degmo dugsiyeedyadu waxay u baahan yihiin hanti-dhowr dibadeed sannad kasta, sida uu qabo sharciga Minnesota. Sannad kasta, warbixinta hanti-dhowrka ugu dambaysa ayaa lala wadaagayaa Guddiga Dugsiga loona soo bandhigayaa dadweynaha.

Intii lagu gudajiray kulankii gudiga iskuulka xalay, warbixinta hantidhawrka dibada ee Degmadeenna waxaa si aqlabiyad leh ku ansixiyay Guddiga. Intii aan sii wadnay inaan ka shaqeyno sidii aan u soo celin lahayn dheelitirka sanduuqeenna, warbixinta hanti dhowrka ayaa muujisay dhowr meelood oo wanaagsan.

  • Wadarta guud ee isku dheelitirka sanduuqa ayaa kordhay $1.6 milyan sannadka gudihiisa. Waxaan sii wadaynaa dib u dhiska dheelitirka aan xadidneyn ee Sanduuqeena Guud, oo hadda togan.

  • Sannadkii la soo dhaafay, afarta natiijo ee hantidhawrka ayaa Degmadu saxday.

  • Hantidhowrka ma uusan soo sheegin wax cillado ah oo ku saabsan xakameynta gudaha ee Degmada ee warbixinta maaliyadeed oo loo tixgeliyo daciifnimo maaddi ah.

  • Intaas waxaa sii dheer, Degmadu waxay ka heshay Shahaadada Heerka Sare ee Warbixinta Maaliyadeed Ururka Saraakiisha Ganacsiga Dugsiga si loo helo warbixinteeda maaliyadeed ee sannadlaha ah sannadkii la soo dhaafay (Sannad Maaliyadeedka  2019).

Shirkadii hantidhawrkayaga sameeyay, MMKR, waxuu raacaa dhaqamada lagu sharraxay hagaha oo uu qoro oo cusbooneysiiyana sannad kasta Xafiiska Hanti Dhawrka ee Gobolka Minnesota. MMKR waxay soo saartay "fikrad aan la beddeli karin" oo ku saabsan bayaannada maaliyadeed ee Degmada, taas oo ah ra'yiga ugu sarreeya ee ay bixin karto. Tan macnaheedu waa iyadoo lagu salaynayo dib u eegistooda, MMKR waxay rumaysan tahay in xisaabxirka maaliyadeed uu si cadaalad ah u matalayo booska maaliyadeed ee Degmada iyo natiijooyinka lagu soo daray sannad maaliyadeedka oo hanti-dhawrku socdo(iyo dhammaan xogta iyo shaacinta) waa sax.

Hantidhawrka, MMKR waxay dib u eegis ku sameysaa kontaroolada maaliyadeed iyo xisaabinta gudaha si loo hubiyo in howlaha si sax ah u shaqeynayaan, iyo warbixinno ku saabsan meelaha kasta oo u baahan horumar. Aagagga horumarinta waxaa lagu kala saaraa daciifnimo xagga maadiga ah (tan ugu daran) iyo cilladaha waaweyn (ka yar dhib yar).

Warbixintu waxay qeexaysaa aag ay ka jirto xakameyn la'aan weyn xagga adeegyada nafaqada. Qandaraasyada badeecadaha ama adeegyada ee lala galayo dhinacyada laga hakiyey ama laga reebay ka qaybgalka qandaraasyada ku lug leh kharashaadka lacagaha barnaamijka federaalka lama diiwaangelin. Hase yeeshee, Degmadu qandaraas lama yeelanin cid kasta oo laga hakiyay ama laga reebay. Degmadu waxay qaaday tallaabooyin ay ku saxayso tan iyada oo xaqiijineysa oo diiwaangelineysa liiska federaalka ee iibiyeyaasha la ganaaxay ama la mamnuucay.

Iyadoo laga jawaabayo su’aal xubin guddiga ka mid ah, wakiil ka socda MMKR ayaa ka hadlay Warbixinta Codsiga Hantidhawrka Gobolka. Intii ay ku guda jirtay baaritaanka, MMKR waxay sheegtay in Degmadu qaaday talaabooyin ay ku saxayso wixii Xafiiska Hanti-dhowrka Gobolku tilmaamay, ayna helin wax aan si sax ah wax looga qaban.

Markaan fiirinayno mustaqbalka, waxaan sii wadaynaa ka taxaddar lacagaha cashuur bixiyaha halka aan kobcinayo ilaheenna dhaqaalaha. COVID-19 wuxuu saamayn weyn ku yeeshay dugsiyada -  Kormeeraha Guud ee Ku-meel gaarka ah Dr. Stephanie Burrage ayaa ka hor qirtay sharci dajinta todobaadkii hore. Dugsiyadu waxay u baahan doonaan maalgelin dheeraad ah si ay u taageeraan baahida ardayda - Sida taakuleyn dheeri ah oo xagga caafimaadka maskaxda ah, barnaamijyo xagaaga oo xoog leh, iyo helitaanka tikniyoolajiyadda.

Cunsurka kale ee saameeya maalgelinta degmada dugsiga waa diiwaangelinta. Waxaan leenahay dugsiyo wanaagsan oo leh macallimiin iyo shaqaale heer sare ah - hadda waa waqtigii aad la hadli lahayd asxaabtaada iyo qoyskaaga, kuna dhiirrigelin lahayd inay soo booqdaan Dugsiyada Aagga Robbinsdale.

Si daacadnimo ah,

Greg Hein
Agaasimaha Fulinta ee Arimaha Maaliyada
Dugsiyada Aagga Robbinsdale 


robbinsdale virtual academy

Discover More

Early Childhood Director

Jessica Richter has been a specialist in the field of early childhood for 19 years and is thrilled to work for Robbinsdale Area Schools as the new Early Learning Supervisor of the Early Childhood department.

Cooper step team blanket fundraising

Students from the Cooper Step Team are making blankets for upcoming fundraisers. The team is looking for fleece fabric, new and used, which may include blankets.

Join Us for the Job Fair

Looking for employment or know someone who might be? Plan to attend the upcoming job fair,  2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.

kids on school bus

This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Wave and thank your drivers who keep our students safe!

COVID Updates

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8, Robbinsdale Area Schools will provide Vault saliva test kits for both students and staff to be administered at home over Zoom. 

Community Reading Event

We hope you can join us for our virtual Community Reads Event!  Register for the reading event and discussion, and receive the book for free!

Series guest speaker indian ed

Indian Education is hosting a new guest speaker series. Guest Speaker Dr. Gabriela Spears-Rico will be discussing Indigenous from the Americas: Building Solidarity between Latinos and American Indian People. 

robbinsdale area schools logo

This communication regarding face coverings was shared wuith staff and families on May 14.

Mathematics Materials Adoption Vendor Fair text

Robbinsdale Area Schools will be adopting new instructional materials for Mathematics K-12. Visit the in-person vendor fair, May 3-5 -- or the online fair, May 1-10.

School Board news graphic

In December 2020, the School Board voted to change school start times, but didn’t determine when the change would happen. At the Monday, April 19 meeting, the Board voted unanimously in favor of making the shift beginning in the 2022-23 school year. 

School Board news graphic

On Thursday, April 8, the School Board approved seven first round candidates. First round and finalist interviews will take place the week of April 12.

robbinsdale area schools logo

The 2021 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments will take place in April. Students will need to complete the test in person, in school.

Help Keep Everyone Healthy

As we look forward to students returning to school tomorrow, we want to remind families and staff that they should remain home if feeling ill.

School Board news graphic

The Robbinsdale Area Public School District Board of Education wanted to have a better understanding of the school community members’ perceptions of the District as they began their search for a new Superintendent. The Board unanimously approved the modified Superintendent Profile

State of the District Address invitation

Join Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Board Chair David Boone and a slate of other guests for this year’s virtual State of the District presentation at 6:30 p.m. on March 11.

HBCU panel on Zoom

Robbinsdale Area Schools administrators, teachers and staff share their perspectives from being alumni of a historically black college or university (HBCU).

School Board news graphic

To assist with the search for the new superintendent, the Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education has contracted with School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm. As we strive to make the best selection possible, we would like to encourage you to provide your input. 

robbinsdale area schools logo

Earlier today Gov. Walz announced updates to Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan, specifically as it relates to students in middle and high schools. Please continue reading for updates to our secondary hybrid transition plan.

robbinsdale area schools logo

In anticipation of inclement weather, please take time to review our winter weather weather closing guide. 

School Start Times Event

The Robbinsdale Area Schools community was invited to hear perspectives from other districts that changed school start times. If you weren't able to join us, you can watch the video recording.

robbinsdale area schools logo

Please read for important updates about welcoming middle and high school students back to in-person, in-school learning. Earlier this week we met with our regional support team to discuss and review our plan to bring students back in hybrid learning. 

Robbinsdale Area Schools

School districts need to have an external audit performed each year, per Minnesota law. Each year, a final audit report is shared with the School Board and made available to the public. While we continue to work to restore our fund balance, the audit report highlighted several positive areas.

Dr. Stephanie Burrage testifies during the House Education Finance Committee Meeting

Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Interim Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools, testified during the House Education Finance Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 27. She and other superintendents told legislators about some of the issues affecting students, families, staff and public education during the pandemic.

Screenshot from webinar showing district administration and guest speakers from MDE and MDH

Dr. Heather Mueller, MDE Deputy Commissioner, and Dan Huff, MDH Assistant Commissioner, reviewed COVID-19 health data and mitigation strategies along with Minnesota's Safe Learning Plan in order to address staff questions.

Custodial engineer cleans a classroom sink.

All families are encouraged to watch this in-depth video which reviews cleaning and safety procedures, COVID-19 protocols, as well as answers frequently asked questions. Spanish and Somali versions are also posted.

robbinsdale area schools logo

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released updated guidance for close contact with a person positive with COVID-19. 

robbinsdale area schools logo

We are sharing three things in this letter: information for elementary families, information for secondary families and upcoming non-school days (with several new dates for elementary students).

281 Distance Learning School Updates graphic

If you would like to register for or opt-out of our distance learning option (281 Distance Learning School) - the deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 22. We know this is a short timeframe. Based on the Governor’s announcement this week, we are working as quickly as possible to put a revised plan in place.

School Board news graphic

During Monday’s School Board meeting, the Board voted 5-2 to change school start times. There has not been a decision about which school year this will begin.

ECFE 2020-2021 Information Sessions

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about how Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) can help you and your children get to know other families, even while our communities are physically apart. 

robbinsdale area schools logo

In an effort to slow the community spread, the Governor shared the steps that school districts will need to take to help prevent and contain the novel coronavirus. These steps outline changes in some areas and include activities which will impact our students and families. 

Applications now open - Financial Advisory Council

The School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools is currently seeking applicants for the Financial Advisory Council (FAC). There is currently one open seat available (January 2021 – June 2022 term).

Dr. Stephanie Burrage, interim superintendent

Within our Distance Learning PLUS model, we are able to offer Student Support Centers at each school. Virtual and in-person options for assistance are available for all students - in all grade levels and in all subject areas. 

COVID-19 macro image

As we try to minimize community spread, it is important that we all continue to practice strict safety precautions. If your student gets a COVID test, they should stay home until you receive the test results - even if not experiencing any symptoms.

Bella Libra - RSI alumni who now serves in the Marine Corps

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we’d like to shine our Alumni Spotlight on Bella Libra. Thank you, Bella, and thank you to all other Robbinsdale Area Schools alumni who have served our country!

American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) with Robbinsdale Area Schools logo and American Indian Education logo

Parents/guardians of American Indian students are invited to join the Robbinsdale Area Schools American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC). Meetings will be held virtually this school year.

Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Interim Superintendent

Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Interim Superintendent, shares a message to families following up on the communication about the decision to remain in Distance Learning PLUS.

Childcare update

We shared the news on 11/5/2020 that the District would remain in Distance Learning PLUS along with updates to our childcare programming. Please continue reading for new and additional information.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

Robbinsdale Area Schools will remain in Distance Learning PLUS for all students and will not begin the tiered start into a hybrid learning model on Nov. 16.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

As we continue our work to be good stewards of your tax dollars, it’s important that we periodically provide updates to the community. This letter includes information that was shared at Monday night’s school board meeting in response to questions that have been posed to the District and Board Directors. 

Panelists from the School Finance discussion from Oct. 8, 2020

Community members had an opportunity to learn more about school finance, including changes in special education cross subsidies and the impact of open enrollment during a virtual discussion on Thursday Oct. 8. If you weren't able to join us, a recording of the discussion is available.

Virtual High Fives!

We've highlighted some of the Virtual High Fives our families have shared about our amazing staff.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

At this time, pre-k through 5 students, and secondary special education center-based students, will return on Monday, Nov. 9. Our current plan is to transition middle and high school students on Tuesday, Jan. 26 based on the model that aligns with current COVID count data.

Vaccination Reminder

Our School Nurses want to remind families that students should continue to receive recommended vaccinations.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

On Monday, during its regularly scheduled meeting, the School Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution for bond refunding and reissuing.

A mother and her child smile at the camera

ECFE is offering Distance and Hybrid opportunities for families with children birth through Pre-Kindergarten. All classes will begin online. Those marked Distance will stay online for the school year and those marked Hybrid will move onsite.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

The August and September health data shows a downward trend in reported COVID-19 numbers. This means we are preparing for a potential shift in our learning model for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school students, beginning Monday, Oct. 19.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

Los datos de salud de agosto y septiembre muestran una tendencia descendente en los números reportados de COVID-19. Esto significa que nos estamos preparando para un posible cambio en nuestro modelo de aprendizaje para los estudiantes de niñez temprana, primaria, intermedia y preparatoria a partir del lunes 19 de octubre.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

Somali: Waxaan u hilownay inaan ku aragno dhammaan bartayaashayada iskuulka oo hadafkayaguna wali waa inuu ardaygu dib ugu soo laabto shakhsiyan waxbarashadiisa. Xogta caafimaadka ee Agoosto iyo Sibtembar waxay muujineysaa hoos u dhac ku yimid jihada COVID-19 ee la soo sheegay. Tan macnaheedu waxa weeye waxaan u diyaar garoobaynaa isbeddel macquul ah oo ku yimaada qaabkeena waxbarasho ee ardayda dugsiyada barbaarinta, hoose, dhexe, iyo sare, laga bilaabo Isniinta, Oktoobar 19.

Students Participate in ACT Preparation Virtually

Robbinsdale Area Schools students had the opportunity to participate in a summer program to help them prepare for the upcoming ACT tests. The program included orientation days, a pre-assessment, post-assessment and virtual self student components.

ECFE 2020-2021 Information Sessions

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about how Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) can help you and your children get to know other families, even while our communities are physically apart. 

Welcome Back!

Welcome back staff, students and families! We are so excited for the new school year ahead.

Are you Receiving School and District Updates?

Did you know Robbinsdale Area Schools uses various platforms to communicate with families? To ensure you are receiving important communications, families are encouraged to check their Infinite Campus settings. 

Robbinsdale Area Schools

Thank you for your patience and understanding this morning due to unexpected technology issues. Unfortunately, as the school day was beginning, many of our students who use Chromebooks experienced connection issues. The issue was related to what’s called a “content filter.”

281 Distance Learning School Updates graphic

Nancy Froelich and Jeff Stovall have accepted positions as administrators of 281 Distance Learning School at the elementary and secondary levels, respectively. This assignment will last throughout the 2020-2021 school year; they will continue to support their current buildings.

Principal Jen Smith

We are excited to announce Jen Smith has accepted the role of head Principal at Neill Elementary. Smith has been employed in the district since 2007; she begins her new role on Monday, August 31 2020. 

Hotspot Requests for Families

Is your family in need of a hotspot? Our district will be providing hotspots to families who do not currently have quality internet access.

Alejandra Estrada-Burt Joins Ken Habel as Co-Principal  of Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School

Dr. Alejandra Estrada-Burt is the new co-head principal of Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School, joining current principal Ken Habel in overseeing administration of the district’s largest elementary and magnet school. The new co-head principal model will provide additional building support, assist in student second language acquisition and literacy skills, as well as supporting RSI’s continued aspirations for becoming a national blue-ribbon school.

placeholder

Families who prefer to not have their student(s) take the school bus to or from school (if the district is in hybrid or in-person learning) have the choice to opt-out of transportation services for the 2020-2021 school year. Opting out is completely voluntary. 

2020/2021 School Year Update

While we will begin our school year in a Distance Learning PLUS model, we will continue to prepare for hybrid or in-person learning. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the District's plan may shift throughout the year. As we continue to work with our principals and staff, we would like to share the following updates.

Chromebook Distribution Event for 6th graders- new date added!

Your 6th- grade student will receive a brand new Chromebook to use this upcoming school year! This applies only to students entering 6th grade at Plymouth Middle School, Robbinsdale Middle School and Sandburg Middle School or students beginning 5th or 6th grade at FAIR School Crystal. We have two device swap events scheduled, where your student will turn in their old Chromebook and charger, and receive a new device.

Fall 2020 Childcare Registration graphic

Fall childcare registration through Adventure Club begins online Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 6 a.m. Care is available for children of Tier I essential workers and non-Tier I workers during the distance learning model, with four care timeframes available.

2020-2021 School Year Update 8/10/20

Robbinsdale Area Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year in the Distance Learning PLUS model. The remainder of this letter provides additional details regarding several areas of our Smart Start: Safely Coming Back to School plan.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

The following fall sports will begin as scheduled on August 17, 2020: Cross-Country – Boys/Girls; Soccer – Boys/Girls; Swimming & Diving – Girls; Tennis – Girls. Reductions to seasons and game schedules may occur for these fall sports. Revised game schedules and season dates will be communicated to families in the coming weeks. Football, volleyball, fall dance, cheerleading and marching band will be moved to a modified winter/spring season.

Robbinsdale Area Schools Summer Academy Provides a Variety of Programming with Flexibility

Community Education in Robbinsdale Area Schools is offering Summer Academy this summer with flexible programming in response to COVID-19. Almost 400 students have participated in the weekly program offerings, which began June 6 and continue through August 14, 2020. Program activities are divided into four main categories: Arts & Crafts, Fitness & Sports, Life Skills, and STEM.

Registration for ACTNow Boot Camp is now Open!

This year’s ACTNow! Boot Camp is a two-week self-directed virtual program. This free preparatory program will emphasize ACT course sections, content, skills and practices. Included are two assessment days that will also take place online.

School Board news graphic

The School Board election will take place Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Three of the seven at-large positions on the School Board are up for election (four-year terms). The period for filing affidavits of candidacy is Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - August 11, 2020. Read further for important candidate filing information.

Dr. Stephanie Burrage Appointed Interim Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools

The School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools unanimously passed a resolution to appoint Stephanie Burrage, Ed.D., as the District’s interim superintendent during the Board’s meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020. Dr. Burrage has been Assistant Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools since August 2017; she will begin her new duties on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 

School Board news graphic

The Robbinsdale Area School Board unanimously approved a resolution supporting racial and social justice in safe and civil schools at the School Board meeting on Monday, July 20, 2020. The resolution outlines the beliefs held by the school board, including nurturing anti-racist educational learning environments, while condemning hateful speech and systemic racism directed at Black, Indigenous and all people of color.

Elementary Summer Enrichment graphic

Your elementary-aged student is invited to Robbinsdale Area Schools Summer Enrichment! Three weeks of learning activities for K-5 grade students from July 13 - 31!

Middle School Summer Enrichment graphic

Reduce summer boredom and become a super student for next year! Middle School Summer Enrichment is available to 6-8th grade students from July 13-31, 2020. No registration is required.

Robbinsdale Area Schools

Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins, Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools, has been named Superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) in Madison, Wisconsin. Jenkins’ last day in the district will be August 3; he has served as Superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools for the past five years.

School Board Meeting graphic with Robbinsdale logo

The School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools has called a Special Work Session for Monday, July 13, 2020 at 6 p.m. to discuss the transition plans and activities for the superintendent position. Pursuant to Minn. Statute 13D.021, the meeting will be held by teleconference.

School Board Meeting graphic with Robbinsdale logo

The School Board of Robbinsdale Area Schools has called a Special Work Session for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. to discuss the parameters of the superintendent contract. Pursuant to Minn. Statute 13D.021, the meeting will be held by teleconference.

School Board Information Session

Robbinsdale Area Schools will host a virtual information session for community members interested in running for the school board on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:30 PM.

School Board News graphic

The report’s conclusion was there were no financial improprieties or violations of law on the part of any School Board member, the Superintendent or employee of the District. Additionally, there were no conflicts of interest. The end result of the report is that the Office of the State Auditor made some technical recommendations regarding processes the Board will address, many of which are already being implemented.

Superintedent's E-Update graphic

Today, I am writing to you with a heavy heart. In my thirty years as an educator, recent local events have been among the most challenging situations I have experienced.

Green Ribbon Schools logo

Robbinsdale Area Schools is proud to announce the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) is the only Minnesota school to be named a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award honoree, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Schools who earn this recognition demonstrate significant achievement in the three Pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools Award: reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental education.