Superintendent's Corner






March 18, 2019


Dear Parents,

What a long, strange winter for schools all across our state. As you are all well aware, we used a record nine snow days this school year. The state allows us up to six forgiven days for events beyond our control, and then they offer a waiver to request three additional days to be forgiven. We applied for the waiver and it was approved— so as of today we are all set to end school on our scheduled date of June 7. Please keep your fingers crossed – no more winter weather!

We had the dedication for the Edward J. Todd Innovation Center earlier this month.  It was a well-attended event and I think everyone was quite impressed with the facility and thankful for our generous donors. Our robotics team, The Average Joes, is beyond excited to have their own space and to be the envy of schools across the state!! A big thank you to all of our donors.

We are gearing up for the state testing window for our students in grades 3-9 and 11 that begins as soon as we return from spring break. You will be hearing much more about this from your building principal.

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, St. Joseph Public Schools is asking voters to renew the current 18 mill non-homestead millage. Three really important things to know…

  • This proposal does not impact the taxes on primary residential or agricultural property: only second homes, commercial and industrial properties are impacted. This is not an increase, but a renewal of our current levy.
  • This millage provides approximately $5.8 million of the St. Joseph Public Schools’ $28.8 million annual budget.
  • Renewal of the non-homestead millage is essential – this money cannot be replaced with any other funding source.

We will be providing flyers and communicating with you more when we return from spring break!

Whether your spring break is a getaway or staycation, I hope you enjoy time with family and friends.

Your partner in education,



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