Hillmann discusses the school funding bill; Dundas’ security is a sign of growth; Northfield Police Reservists Honored
By Rich Larson
Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr Matt Hillmann said yesterday that the Education Bill E-12 expected to pass
today and signed by Governor Tim Walz is a good bill that accomplishes the basic things that the districts of the state were asking for.
The bill increases the base formula, which is the matrix the state uses to determine how much money each school district will receive. In 2022, the base formula will increase by 2.45%, which equates to $ 161 per student. In 2023, the formula will increase again by 2%, or $ 296 per student.
Dr Hillmann said on several occasions during the regular session that he hoped the education bill would increase the base formula by 2% and not create too many new mandates for school districts in the year. next.
The legislature has ruled on both counts.
Although funding is increased, there are very few new regulations or programs that schools can adopt or adapt during the 2022-2023 school year. Hillmann said he was grateful that the state is giving districts some time to get back to earth after such a difficult year and reflect on the lessons that have been learned during the pandemic.
He said there were a lot of ideas being discussed during this year’s legislative session, and a lot of good ones at that. But in the end, he’s just happy that a deal can be made where it is.
“I think it’s important that people realize that this is a compromise. Minnesota has the only divided legislature in the country. Both sides had to make sacrifices on things that were important to them. The House had to make sacrifices on things that were important to them. The Senate had to make sacrifices in the education bill on things that were important to it. And in the end, I think we have a good bill.
Hillmann said that while the final bill loses a lot of the legislation that was on the table at the end of regular session, this measure, as it stands, does the things local school districts need. at the moment.
Jeff Johnson’s full conversation with Dr Matt Hillmann can be heard here
Dundas City Council deals with public safety issues
Dundas City Council met Monday evening with a small agenda but dealing with important public safety issues.
City administrator Jenelle Teppen said the council decided to better define and prioritize the city’s nuisance codes. Almost by definition, nuisance ordinances can be somewhat ambiguous, so council decided to focus more on what they are. She said it was not just about helping police or others understand their intent, but also to shorten the time to respond to nuisance complaints for due process purposes for homeowners. Teppen said the city was looking at things, finding response times lagging behind and it was important to make those issues a higher priority.
The board also heard from members of the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Board and the Northfield Fire Relief Association. The NAFRS has filed a request for an increase in pensions for retired firefighters. The request must be approved by all governing bodies of stakeholders. Last month, the request was approved by the NAFRS Board of Directors and Northfield City Council. Dundas City Council also approved the request.
Finally, the board approved the hiring of part-time police officer Anthony Brecht. Teppen said the addition of Officer Brecht is a result of the growth Dundas is experiencing.
“It shows you how much Dundas has grown. I’ve lived here for 20 years and remember the sign there that says “Population 563”, or something like that. We are in 18-1900 now. And growing.
Teppen said this was the first time in her tenure as a city administrator that the city had a full complement of three full-time and three part-time police officers.
Jeff Johnson’s full conversation with city administrator Jenelle Teppen can be heard here
Northfield Police Reserves Recognized at Annual Banquet
Several Northfield Police Volunteer Reservists were recognized for their outstanding work in 2020 on Monday evening at the annual Northfield Police Reserve Recognition Banquet.
Reserve Field Training Officer Cody Kruse was named Reserve Officer of the Year and promoted to Reserve Sergeant. Constable Kruse volunteered a total of 65 hours throughout 2020. A statement released by the Northfield Police Department said he was an exceptional reserve officer, showing great leadership within organisation.
Reserve Officer John Erickson was named 2020 Rookie of the Year. The NDP press release says Officer Erickson joined the Volunteer Unit in October 2019 and his leadership skills have been appreciated and valued. So much so that Erickson was recently promoted to Field Training Officer.
Northfield Police Reserves are actively recruiting. Previous experience or a desire to be a full-time police officer are not requirements for this position. Applications can be found in the Northfield Police section of the city’s website or obtained at City Hall at the Human Resources office.
Rich Larson is the director of KYMN News. He can be contacted at [email protected]