Proposal to fund part of Tech Lab Instructor position approved

The proposal to spend $22,500 in St. Anthony Park School Association (SAPSA) reserve funds to partially cover the Tech Lab Instructor position in 2016-17 was approved by a vote of 92-8 this week.

Now, SAPSA will ask the St. Paul Public Schools administration to allocate $27,787 in additional money to help fund the remainder of the position.

We will still need additional support from families to write emails and make phone calls to district leaders and school board members. Stay tuned for details on talking points and contact information.

Click here to read an FAQ from the Tuesday meeting when the proposal was discussed.

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FAQ: SAPSA funding proposal for Tech Lab role

The SAPSA board held a meeting Tuesday evening to field questions about a proposal to spend $22,500  in reserve funds to partially cover the Tech Lab Instructor position that has been eliminated for 2016-17.

About 15 people attended and asked questions. Click here to see an FAQ from the night’s discussion. Click here to see the proposal.

Because the funding proposal is more than $500, the SAPSA community needs to vote. If you were unable to attend Tuesday night’s meeting and would like to cast your vote, you may do so between 8:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the school office.

SAPSA proposal would fund part of eliminated Tech Lab position

Next Tuesday, the SAPSA board will hold a school community meeting to discuss and vote on whether to allocate SAPSA dollars toward (a partial funding of) Mr. Clark’s 2016-17 position.

Because of drastic school budget cuts, Mr. Clark’s job as Tech Lab Instructor has been eliminated for the 2016-17 school year. This means we’ll not only lose important onsite technical services, but we’ll also lose a beloved, 18-year member of the SAP Elementary staff.

There is a way we can keep Mr. Clark at SAP—but it means spending SAPSA dollars.

SAPSA has created a plan that would allow us to keep Mr. Clark for the 2016-17 school year. Part of that plan includes contributing $22,500 of SAPSA financial reserves to the Tech Lab Instructor cost of employment.

You can read the detailed funding request/proposal: SAPSA funds request for tech lab instructor.

We need your input and vote before we move forward.

Because this plan involves spending more than $500, SAPSA bylaws require a vote on the funding proposal. Because all in the SAP community make up SAPSA, we encourage you to attend the meeting and cast your vote.

Join the conversation online.

Ask questions and share your opinion in the blog post comments or on the SAPSA Facebook page!

Come to next week’s meeting for Q&A and a final vote.

Tuesday, May 17, in the SAP library. Q&A begins at 6:30 p.m., with vote at 7:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there!



Wanted: Reading Corps tutor at SAP


St. Anthony Park is hiring a full time Reading Corps tutor for the 2016-2017 school year.

Tutors will be trained to work with students in grades K-3 on literacy skills to get all students reading at grade level. They will implement proven research-based strategies, monitor progress, and help children believe in themselves and succeed — all while building their own skills and professional network.

This is a good fit for those who are interested in exploring a career in education, or who simply want to dedicate a year of service to their community. Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program, and as such will receive extensive training, support and general professional development opportunities. Over the course of the school year, AmeriCorps members will need to complete 1,720 hours of service, which averages 45 hours per week from late August to mid-June. Tutors will receive a modest biweekly living allowance of $544 and an education award of $5,775 that can be used on existing or future college expenses. If tutors are 55 years or older, their education award can be gifted to a child, grandchild, or foster child. AmeriCorps members are also eligible for healthcare benefits and childcare subsidies.


  • A strong interest in education, specifically helping children practice reading skills
  • Dedication to community service
  • Able to speak, read, and write fluently in English
  • Are organized, responsible, flexible, motivated, and professional
  • Exhibits excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to commit to 45 hours/week for entire school year
  • Must have a high school diploma/GED and be at least 18 years old
  • As per federal AmeriCorps regulations, applicants must be a US Citizen or lawful Permanent Resident Alien

To learn more about the program and how to apply, contact Becky Kallhoff, Tutoring Coordinator at SAP, at or 651-744-2458.

Professor (and SAP parent) to speak on physics breakthrough


Professor Vuk Mandic has generously offered to give a public lecture on the “Detection of Gravitational Waves Created in a Collision of Black Holes 1.3 Billion Years Ago.”

When: Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

Where: St. Anthony Park Elementary School

Cost: This is a public lecture free of charge. Donations would be welcome, and all the proceeds would go to the Saint Anthony Park School Association (SAPSA).

Lecturer: Vuk Mandic is a St. Anthony Park resident and an associate professor at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Minnesota. He has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the project that discovered the gravitational waves, since 2004.

Details: 1.3 billion years ago two black holes, each about 30 times more massive than the Sun, merged into a single black hole, generating gravitational waves that traveled through the universe and reached the Earth on Sept. 14, 2015. For the first time, these waves were detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors. Learn about LIGO and this discovery from a member of the scientific team that made the detection.

We are excited about this event. Please join us!