‘Weird’ Minneapolis Public Schools reopen after snowstorm
A crowd of about 100 people gathered outside the Minneapolis Public School building on Wednesday morning to greet the school district.
“Welcome back, school district!” they chanted, and a handful of parents and school staff cheered them on.
In an open letter to parents Wednesday, Mayor Betsy Hodges promised that the district will be open for students and staff to return to school.
“Schools are our lifeblood,” Hodges wrote.
“I want every child to be able to enjoy the freedom to learn, the excitement of learning, and the joy of learning.
In the meantime, schools will continue to close. “
This is a time of national mourning, a time when we must all take stock of what we are and what we will do in the future.”
In the meantime, schools will continue to close.
“The district will continue its commitment to providing safe and supportive learning environments for all students and all students’ families, including students and their families who are homeless, are at-risk, or living in foster care,” Hodgs wrote.
The district is also taking a hard look at how it manages a $1.6 billion surplus, Hodges said.
Last year, Minneapolis Public schools had a $3.6 million surplus, a big boost from the previous year.
That surplus has been replenished through a series of programs.
The district also recently reduced its budget by $500,000 to $1 billion.
Hodges said the district has a long way to go to meet the state’s minimum wage increase.
It will increase to $15 an hour by 2020, and by 2021, it will increase by $1 an hour.
She also said that her office will launch a program to make sure schools can pay for uniforms.