Excellence: All Students, All the Time
Bell Schedules for 2013-14 for all Buildings:  Earle Brown Elementary: Breakfast 8:15 a.m., Start Time  8:30 a.m. and end time 2:45 p.m.     ***    Brooklyn Center High School: Breakfast 7:15 a.m.,  Start time 8:05 a.m., end time 3:05 p.m.   ***  Brooklyn Center Academy:  Breakfast 7:45  a.m. Start time 8:05 a.m., end time 2:10 p.m.  ***Enrollment Center Open for anyone enrolling in the district at Brooklyn Center Jr/Sr High, 6500 Humboldt Ave. N., Hours 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.***

Superintendent's Message

It has been a busy six months since I started my job as Superintendent of Brooklyn Center Community Schools.  Now that I have had time to meet with school employees, community members and school partners, I want to update you on progress we have made in the last six months.

Listening and Learning Sessions

During the last six months, I have provided opportunities for internal and external stakeholders to provide feedback on the strengths and challenges of our school district.  This has helped me better understand our district, our schools and community.  It has enabled me to make informed short term and long term decisions that are reflective of priorities and expectations that are in the best interest of students.  I will continue to listen and learn as I move forward to make the best decisions for our school district.

Statutory Operating Debt

I made a commitment to develop a plan with my team to reduce and eventually pay off our statutory operating debt.  Statutory operating debt is determined by using unassigned fund balance over total expenditures.  If the unassigned fund balance is more than 2 1/2% of the fiscal years expenditure amount for the general fund, the district is in statutory operating debt.

In fiscal 2012, our negative assigned fund balance was -$2,282,830 or 11.6% of the fiscal year expenses on $19,673,812.  I am pleased to report that we have paid back $971,169 towards our fund balance closing out the 2013 budget.  This will reduce our negative fund balance to -$1,311,661 or 6.48% of expenses of $20,253,062.  This means that the district would be removed from statutory operating debt status by reducing the operating debt deficit by another 3.98% or $806,072.

Superintendent, Principal and Teacher Evaluation

The school board has approved my evaluation for the 2013-2014 school year.  There are six evaluation domains including Educational Leadership and Academic Achievement, Policy and Governance, Communication, Collaboration and Relationships, Human Resources Management, Operations Management and Board and Superintendent Relationship.

We have implemented Principal Evaluations for all of our principals and assistant principals in the district.  We have also implemented Teacher Evaluations for all of our teachers in the district. The 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric is based on the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D) instructional framework, which is derived from an extensive study of research on the core elements that constitute quality instruction.

Student Government

This year, we restarted student government at Brooklyn Center Middle/High School. Our goal is to create a positive and respectful forum where students feel welcome to develop their leadership skills and discuss concerns. We had over 200 students show interest and 70 students run for office.  89% of our students voted in the election and the elected student government was officially sworn in at a special ceremony on December 9. They will represent our school district at local and state events.

Plans Moving Forward

As we move forward, our areas of focus will be accelerating student achievement, increasing organizational effectiveness and efficiency, establishing public trust and confidence as well as developing a new strategic plan that will guide our work for the next five years.

Mark Bonine

Superintendent

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News & Announcements

Hennepin Technical College Hosts First Career Day for Kindergartners
The Earle Brown Elementary students visited Hennepin Technical College as part of a new program to get the youngest students thinking about their future.
Special Education District Policy
Regarding students born in 1988.
2nd Annual Wellness and Enrichment Fair
Join us on Thursday, April 24 from 3-6 p.m. at Brooklyn Center High School
Just Bead It Club is Accepting Old Jewelry Donations
Just Bead It is new and innovative club held after school Tuesday's and Thursday's at BCHS. This club creates, designs, makes, and inspects jewelry. The majority of the clubs materials come from recycled jewelry that staff at BCHS donated.
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