Nuts and Bolts
- Affiliated Building Company
- Annual Report and World's Best Workforce
- Data and Assessments
- Facilities Rental
- Reading Well by 3rd Grade
Metro Deaf School's current location is 1125 Energy Park Drive in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Metro Deaf School leases this site from 1 House 2 Hands Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to securing and maintaining a property that would meet the needs of Metro Deaf School.
1 House 2 Hands Board Members
Andrew Palmberg: President
Kelley Cole: Secretary
Matthew Ferguson: Treasurer
Chris Alvarado: Director
1125 Energy Park Drive St Paul, MN 55108
651-224-3995; ask for a 1 House 2 Hands representative
Approved Meeting Minutes
You can donate to 1House 2Hands Inc and support their effort to provide Metro Deaf School with adequate facilities by donating here.
Every year, Metro Deaf School submits an annual report to its authorizer, University of St Thomas, and to the Minnesota Department of Education. This report speaks to the academic progress being made by our students. It also contains information required for World's Best Workforce.
The Charter Law provides charter schools with additional autonomy under Minnesota law. In return it demands additional accountability which comes in the form of an authorizer.
Metro Deaf School is authorized by the University of St. Thomas (UST), in St. Paul, Minnesota. UST is an approved charter school authorizer through the Minnesota Department of Education. UST currently serves as the authorizer for 12 charter schools across the state of Minnesota. Each charter school is required to develop a contract and an accountability plan with their authorizer. The contract requirements and accountability plan are reviewed annually by UST. MDS reports quarterly to the UST on specific areas outlined in a reporting document developed by UST.
Renewal of a contract (every 3-5 years) is dependent on overall performance and the meeting of goals/expectations set forth by UST, the school board and school leadership working collaboratively to determine what is best and most realistic for the school. Currently MDS is under contract with UST through June 30, 2024. The mutually agreed upon renewal process would begin prior to the ending date.
The Program Coordinator for Charter School Authorizing at UST is Dana Peterson. She can be reached at email@example.com or 651-962-4415.
The MDS Board of Directors is charged with the responsibility to establish and maintain a basic organizational structure for the school, meet federal and state mandates for public schools, appoint Director/s, adopt an annual budget, and create a climate that promotes educational excellence. Consequently, the school board initiate educational policies at the local level and have a responsibility for implementing a variety of state and federal policies.
These boards provide important administrative oversight relative to the educational policies and programs they institute; play a central role in establishing systems and processes to ensure the school system's fiscal, programmatic, and outcome accountability; and undertake broad human resource functions that include making crucial decisions regarding the district's top-level leadership and key staff. Finally, school board provides leadership for the school, adopting a unifying vision and mission, soliciting and balancing the participation and input of members of the community, and advocating on behalf of the educational needs of children at the local, state, and national levels.
The board functions as legislative, executive, and quasi-judicial agencies. They must develop, implement, and assess policy; institute sound employee relations; conduct open meetings; recognize and conform to the legal mandates imposed by state and federal laws; and govern within the limits of a delegation of state authority. Additionally, the board has an obligation to assess its successes and failures; inform the public of all deliberations and decisions; promote accountability; avoid abuse of power; enhance public understanding of its mission; conform to standards of ethical behavior; provide a framework for setting goals; and develop strategic plans for the accomplishment of those goals. A copy of the Board's governing documents can be found here. (Updated 4.27.2020)
The board publishes an Annual Report that details how MDS continues to be accountable for the education is provides. A copy of the Annual Report for the 2020-2021 school year can be found here. The MDS Accountability Handbook, which provides more detail regarding how MDS remains accountable, can be found here.
Students at Metro Deaf School take different types of assessments. These may be assessments as part of a student's Evaluation/ Individual Education Plan (IEP), district assessments, or required state assessments. Teachers and Staff use the information from assessments to help guide instruction, as well as to measure students progress in different areas.
Click here to see the testing schedule for the 2020-2021 School Year.
Click here to see a comprehensive description, including name, length, and purpose, of various District and State Assessments given to students throughout the year.
If you are interested in renting the school for a function, please contact MDS at 651-224-3995 and ask for the Business Office.
Building use/rental Policy:
Metro Deaf School, District #4005, expects members of the community who use the facilities and equipment to do so with respect for school district property and an understanding of proper use. Individuals and groups shall be responsible for damage to facilities and equipment.
The following procedures must be followed in order to secure permission to use District #4005’ building for personal or organizational use in the evenings or on weekends. The person/group making this request is hereinafter referred to as the Renter.
A Building Use Request Form must be filled out and submitted to District #4005’s Business Office 10 days in advance of the date needed. Once approved, a permit will be issued to the renter for use of the building. Fees must be paid in full before the event.
The building is available to rent between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily.
For information regarding rental fees, contact Esther Thorpe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-259-1057 (Voice).
A building monitor will be assigned the entire time the building is being used.
The Renter is responsible for setting up and taking down as needed.
If the cafeteria is used for refreshments, the Renter is responsible for clean up. This includes any dishes and utensils used as well as disposing of garbage in outside garbage bin.
Due to liability issues, use of some District #4005 equipment is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to computers and digital cameras. Renters must provide their own computers. Guest wifi is available.
The Renter must supply all materials to be used including but not limited to dry erase markers, copy paper etc.
If the Renter brings children: No children are permitted in any of the classrooms. Games, toys and other materials for children must be supplied by the Renter. District #4005 materials are for instructional purposes only and are not to be used.
All children must be supervised. Metro Deaf School, District #4005, is not responsible for accidents. This includes supervision when using the outdoor playground area.
The Metro Deaf School Board of Directors approves an annual budget for the school, and reviews the finances of the school monthly. Information regarding the school's finances will be posted here for the community's viewing.
If you have any questions regarding information posted below, you can contact Susan Lane-Outlaw at email@example.com
DISTRICT REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES BUDGET FOR FY 2020 AND FY 2021
Metro Deaf School Annual Budget
Annual Budget for 2020-2021 School Year (revised 12-17-2020)
Annual Budget for 2019-2020 School Year (revised 12-11-2019)
Annual Budget for 2018-2019 School Year (revised 12-11-2018)
Annual Budget for 2017-2018 School year (revised 12-18-2017)
Annual Budget for 2016-2017 School Year (revised 12-19-2016)
Annual Budget for 2015-2016 School Year (revised 12-21-2015)
The Minnesota Department of Education also provides information on its website. For more information, go to http://w20.education.state.mn.us/MDEAnalytics/Data.jsp.
Metro Deaf School conducts an annual audit of the school's finances. Information regarding previous year's audits are posted below.
2018-2019 Financial Report
2018-2019 Management Report
2017-2018 Financial Report
2017-2018 Management Report
2016-2017 Financial Report
2016-2017 Management Report
2015-2016 Financial Report
2015-2016 Management Report
2014-2015 Financial Report
2014-2015 Management Report
2013-2014 Financial Report
2013-2014 Management Report
2012-2013 Financial Report
2012-2013 Management Report
Monthly Financial Statement Reports
As written in MN Statute 120B.12, a school district must adopt a local literacy plan to have every child reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3. A local literacy “plan must include a process to assess students' level of reading proficiency, notify and involve parents, intervene with students who are not reading at or above grade level, and identify and meet staff development needs. The district must post its literacy plan on the official school district Web site.”
Reading well by third grade is one of many developmental milestones in a child’s educational experience. Literacy development starts at an early age and is the basis for all academic success. Reading well by grade three ensures that a student has a solid foundation of literacy skills to continue to expand their understandings of what they read, make meaning, and transfer that learning across all subject areas. Instruction that provides the basis for all students to read well by third grade and beyond will help close the achievement gap and ensure that all students are ready for the demands of college and the workplace.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS PLAN?
The purpose of this Literacy Plan is to provide an overview of how our dedicated Metro Deaf School staff will; continually work to improve the academic achievement of all students by identifying needs, implement research-based instructions, engage in on-going study and self-reflection to improve the shared practice of teaching, and involve parents and the community in a joint partnership to stay actively responsive to the needs of our children.
To view MDS’s Literacy Plan, click here.
For more information, contact Dr. Susan Lane-Outlaw, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-259-1050 (voice), 651-964-1631 (videophone).