Help wanted: St. Paul Board of Education member

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“Temporary position: long hours, low pay, lots of job frustration—and a chance to make a difference in the lives of 37,000 students.” That’s not quite how the job description reads, but the St. Paul Board of Education is looking for a temporary board member, to take the place of Vallay Varro and serve until January 2012. Deadline for applications is January 3. Here’s the official announcement:

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) encourages interested residents of Saint Paul to apply to fill out the term of a vacated seat on the Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education.  The position became available when board member Vallay Varro resigned last month to take a new position as executive director at the Minnesota Campaign for Achievement Now, a new nonprofit organization that will advocate for better schools. The next Board elections are in November 2011 and the appointed candidate would serve until the Board’s annual meeting in January of 2012.

The Board of Education especially encourages residents from Saint Paul’s diverse ethnic and racial communities to apply.  Responsibilities include attending monthly Board meetings and committee of the board meetings. The position pays a $900 monthly stipend and includes health and other employee benefits.

“Saint Paul Public Schools is one of the most diverse school districts in the nation and it’s important that the Board reflects not only the racial and ethnic makeup of families but also the wide variety of  students’ abilities from gifted and talented to special needs,” said Board of Education Chair Elona Street-Stewart. Students of color represent more than three fourths of the student population in Saint Paul Public Schools and about 17 percent of students receive services from special education.  SPPS families speak more than 70 different languages and dialects in their homes.

Interested candidates must submit a letter of interest and a resume by Jan. 3, 2011. Applicants can e-mail or fax information to Assistant Board Clerk Marilyn Polsfuss at marilyn.polsfuss@spps.org or fax: 651-290-8331. Qualified applicants will need to participate in a public interview by the Board at a special meeting on Jan. 12, 2011 at the Administration building at 360 Colborne St. in St. Paul.