Member Newsletter
November 2019
2019-20 Supervisory Basics Leadership Series

This is a workshop series designed to build confidence and expertise in managing and supervising others. It is delivered in a practical format including face to face and web conferencing. It is relevant for new supervisors in school districts, cities, counties and other governmental agencies.

Face to Face Meeting : December 10
Webinars : Monthly October through May

There are three strands: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.  View more details on workshop flyer.
Education Solutions
Contact Stephanie Strenge with questions on the SWWC Center for Transition and Careers!
2019-20 Student Enrichment Opportunities
Be sure to add these other dates to your calendars:
Project SEARCH Student Applications

Project SEARCH is an opportunity for students to transition from high school to community employment by working Monday to Friday, generally from 8am to 3pm, during the school year. Students are provided an opportunity to participate in three 10-week internship rotations at the hospital that best meet their interests, experiences and abilities. A job coach, program instructor, and department staff work with the students (and IEP team) to help them develop the necessary interpersonal and job skills to gain meaningful employment. 

Applications for the 2020-21 school year are due January 10, 2020 . You can find information on eligibility requirements and the student application at You can also contact Mary Kay Lacek at with any questions.
Administrative Solutions
Health and Safety Update - Tis the Season for Decorations
Holiday lights, ornaments, decorations, fake trees, garland! What better way to show our excitement about the upcoming holiday season than to decorate? Before we start Decking the halls with our holiday cheer, it is important to take a moment to remember a few important safety regulations.
  • Elctrical cords must never go through doorways.
  • Holiday decorations must be temporary only and must be removed once the holiday has passed.
  • Do not completely cover doorways, as exits must be identifiable at all times.
  • Follow the instructions on lighting strings and fixtures including the maximum number of lighting sections that can be connected together.
  • Extension cords must be temporary only and should be unplugged at the end of each class period/school day.
  • Power strips must be plugged into a wall outlet.
  • NEVER plug power strips and extension cords together. This is known as “daisy chaining” and is a fire hazard.
By following these rules, you can help your school stay FESTIVE and SAFE at the same time!
Mark Your Calendars for the Technology Leadership Workshops
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
IT 2 2020 - March 15-16, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Contact David for more information on technology integration solutions for your school!
Partner News
Referenda Success with ICS: The Story Behind the Numbers

K-12 school districts need advocates to guide them through the complex process of passing referenda. ICS team members have worked with and for school districts on referenda for more than 50 years, striving to help students, staff, and communities come together to resolve facility-related and educational programming needs.

With  ICS  as a trusted partner and advocate, school bond referendum efforts have a 21% higher passage rate based on election cycles from the past two years. In November 2018, ICS had an 88% success rate with districts overall, and the success rate for the past two years is 66%. Rural districts make up a vast majority of these successes. In the past decade, ICS has supported over 60 Minnesota school districts in securing $1.7 billion in voter-approved funds. For all referenda, ICS has a 75% success rate within two tries. Political climates vary throughout the state, and ICS meets challenges through continued stakeholder engagement. (These statistics are based on election results posted by the  Minnesota School Boards Association).