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Commissioner Cassellius Appoints School Safety and Technical Assistance Council Members

ROSEVILLE – Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has named the individuals who will serve on the School Safety and Technical Assistance Council. The 22-member council will provide guidance to the School Safety and Technical Assistance Center, which was established under the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act by Governor Mark Dayton and the 2014 Legislature. Members were selected through the secretary of state’s open appointments process.

The center was created to serve as a resource to schools throughout Minnesota, working in tandem with educators to prevent bullying and improve school climate and safety. The council is tasked with providing leadership on multiple fronts, including the establishment of norms and standards for prevention, intervention, and support for bullying prevention strategies, the advancement of evidence-based best practices, and various other activities.

The first meeting of the council will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in Conference Center A, Room 13 at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Members Appointed to the School Safety and Technical Assistance Council are:

· Jake Ross, Student
· Michael Reinhardt, Student
· Lea Porter, Student
· Julie Hertzog, Parent
· Tony McClay, Parent
· Joanna Carlson, Parent
· Danny Porter, School Support
· Lisa Englestad, School Support
· Dr. Kelly Smith, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
· Julie Blaha, Education Minnesota
· Cathy Miller, Minnesota School Boards Association
· Jeanette Swanson, Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals
· Curtis Carpenter, Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association
· Melissa Callahan, Minnesota Department of Corrections
· Hon. Robyn Millenacker, Minnesota Supreme Court
· Hon. Angela Willms, Minnesota Supreme Court
· William Wyss, Minnesota Department of Human Services
· Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Department of Education
· Commissioner Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Department of Human Rights
· Nancy Lageson, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
· Jon Hunt, Minnesota Police Officer
· Amanda Twite, Minnesota Office of Higher Education

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