Saint Paul Public Schools, Minnesota

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Saint Paul Public Schools
Ramsey County, Minnesota
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District Profile
Superintendent:Valeria Silva
Enrollment:37,859 students
Graduation rate:63.7%[1]
Number of schools:64
Budget: $490.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mary Doran
Board members:7
Term length:4
Saint Paul Public Schools is a school district in Minnesota that served 37,859 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] This district is the second-largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota.

About the district

Saint Paul Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota
Saint Paul Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota. The county seat of Ramsey County is St. Paul. Ramsey County is home to 520,152 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]


Ramsey County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.2% of Ramsey County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 32.2% for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in Ramsey County was $53,152 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Ramsey County was 16.8% compared to 11.2% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Ramsey County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 71.7 86.5
Black or African American 11.4 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.3
Asian 12.7 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Ramsey County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 184,938 86,800
2008 182,974 88,942
2004 171,846 97,096
2000 138,470 87,669

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


The superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools is Valeria Silva. She was appointed to the position by the school board on November 23, 2009. Before taking the position, Silva served in the district for more than two decades as an educator, principal and administrator.[6][7]

School board

Saint Paul Public Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms.[8]

Saint Paul Board of Education[8]
Member Term Ends
Mary Doran 2015
Keith Hardy 2015
John Brodrick 2017
Anne Carroll 2015
Jean O'Connell 2017
Louise Seeba 2015
Chue Vue 2017

School board elections

See also: Saint Paul Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Saint Paul Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Three seats were up for election in 2013 and four seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Saint Paul Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[8]

1. The Board meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. time certain for public comment. The time period will be a maximum of 45 minutes for public comment. Other Board business will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. or earlier if there were fewer individuals making comment.

2. Individuals must sign-in in advance by e-mailing or calling the Board Secretary. If they do not sign-in in advance, they will be allowed to do so at the meeting but sign-in will end at 5:30 p.m. when the Public Comment session begins. Indicated your name, address, phone or e-mail and the subject you are addressing noting if it is related to an agenda specific area (items being addressed on that meeting’s formal agenda) or a non-agenda related topic.

3. Agenda specific items (items being addressed on that meeting’s formal agenda) will be taken first, non-agenda specific comments will follow.

4. Individuals will be allotted 3 minutes. If a situation arises where time runs short and not everyone can be accommodated in the 45 minute period, anyone who has spoken in public comment within the last three months may lose their time to speak and time would be reduced to 2 or 1 minutes for others, depending on numbers. If a large group wishes to address one subject, they may be asked to coordinate amongst themselves in order to present their subject within a time allotted by the Chair.

5. Please speak for a maximum of three (3) minutes only. (A timekeeping device will sound a buzzer when your time is up.)

6. Please DO NOT include names of Saint Paul Public School employees, titles or location names in your remarks for your own legal protection and the legal rights of staff. This includes identifiers such as school name, grade or job title that would identify the individual publicly. Issues related to school district employees should be made in writing and may identify employees by name, title, location, etc.

7. Please complete a Sign-In Sheet in order to provide a more complete record of your concern/issue for the benefit of administration.[9]


The table below displays the budget for Saint Paul Public Schools:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $414,797,672 84.5% $36,890,941 7.5% $31,651,922 6.5% $600,000 0.1% $6,671,380 1.4% $490,611,915
Averages: $414,797,672 85% $36,890,941 8% $31,651,922 6% $600,000 0% $6,671,380 1% $490,611,915

Teacher salaries

Saint Paul Public Schools employed 2,511 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[11] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The current salary schedule is not available, but the following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers for 2012-2013:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 36,392 59,922
B.A. + 15 36,622 61,186
B.A. + 30 37,029 62,242
B.A. + 45 37,433 63,293
B.A. + 60 or MA 38,264 76,613
MA + 15 38,858 77,795
MA + 30 39,845 79,340
MA + 45 41,026 81,340
MA + 60 or SPEC 42,207 82,888
Ph.D. or Ed.D. 43,589 86,162

Schools in Saint Paul Public Schools


Saint Paul Public Schools serves 37,859 students. Saint Paul Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Saint Paul Public Schools operates 64 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Saint Paul Public Schools
School Name
Adams Spanish Immersion Magnet
AGAPE - Adolescent Girls and Parenting Education
American Indian Magnet
Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary
Battle Creek Elementary
Battle Creek Middle School
Benjamin E. Mays International Magnet School
Bridge View
Bruce F. Vento Elementary
Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
Central High School
Chelsea Heights Elementary
Cherokee Heights West Side School of Excellence
Como Park Elementary
Como Park Senior High School
Creative Arts Secondary School
Crossroads Montessori
Crossroads Science
Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary
Eastern Heights Elementary
Evening High School
Expo for Excellence Elementary
Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 Magnet - Lower Campus (PreK-4)
Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-8 Magnet - Upper Campus (5-8)
Four Seasons A+ Elementary
Frost Lake Magnet
Galtier Community School
Gordon Parks High School
Groveland Park Elementary
Hamline Elementary
Harding Senior High School
Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
The Heights Community School
Highland Park Elementary
Highland Park Middle School
Highland Park Senior High School
Highwood Hills Elementary
Horace Mann School
Humboldt Secondary School
J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet
Jackson Preparatory Magnet
Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy
John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary
Johnson Senior High School
LEAP High School
L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School Lower Campus (K-1)
L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School Upper Campus (2-5)
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus - Linwood Campus
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus - Monroe Campus
Maxfield Magnet
Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet
Murray Middle School
Nokomis Montessori Magnet North
Nokomis Montessori Magnet South
Open World Learning
Parkway Middle School - Montessori
Paul & Sheila Wellstone Elementary
Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School
Ramsey Middle School
Randolph Heights Elementary
Riverview West Side School of Excellence
Saint Paul Music Academy
St. Anthony Park Elementary
Washington Technology Magnet School

Academic performance

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are standardized tests conducted to measure student progress toward the state's academic benchmarks. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made Adequate Yearly Progress toward all students becoming proficient in these subjects. The science tests are required by the No Child Left Behind Act but not included in the AYP calculations. Reading and mathematics tests are both given to students in grades 3 through 8, along with an additional reading test given to students in grade 10 and an additional mathematics test given to students in grade 11. Science tests are given to students in grades 5 and 8, along with an additional test given when students complete a life science or biology course in high school.[14]

Reading MCA Performance, Grade 10[15][16]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 53% 1050 75% 1057
2011-2012 56% 1050 77% 1057
2012-2013 37% 1044 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[15][16]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 28% 1136 49% 1147
2011-2012 27% 1137 43% 1146
2012-2013 36% 1141 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[15][16]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 31% 1042 N/A N/A
2011-2012 30% 1041 52% 1049
2012-2013 26% 1041 53% 1049

Contact information

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Saint Paul Public Schools
360 Colborne Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-767-8100

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Current and past budgets are posted.[10]
  • Board of Education meeting minutes and upcoming meeting agendas are posted.[8]
  • Members of the Board of Education are listed with individual contact information.[8]
  • The district superintendent is listed with contact information.[7]
  • There is a purchasing/contracting webpage that lists current bids as well as archived contracts.[17]
  • Audits are posted.[18]
  • Information on academic performance is posted.[19]

The bad

  • No information is provided on taxes imposed for the district.
  • No information is provided on how to make a public records request.
  • No information is provided on background check procedures for employees who come into contact with students.

See also

External links


  1. MinnCAN, "St. Paul Public School District," accessed February 10, 2014 (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Ramsey County, Minnesota," accessed February 10, 2014
  4. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Mary Turck, Twin Cities Daily Planet, "Valeria Silva named St. Paul school superintendent," November 23, 2009
  7. 7.0 7.1 Saint Paul Public Schools, "Office of the Superintendent," accessed February 10, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Saint Paul Public Schools, "The Saint Paul Board of Education," accessed February 10, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Saint Paul Public Schools, "Budget Update," accessed December 4, 2013 (dead link)
  11. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed February 10, 2014
  12. Saint Paul Public Schools, "Agreement between the Saint Paul Board of Education and the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers," accessed February 10, 2014
  13. Saint Paul Public Schools, "School Directory," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. Minnesota Department of Education, "Testing Information," accessed December 26, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Pioneer Press, "St. Paul," accessed February 10, 2014
  17. Saint Paul Public Schools, "Welcome to the Purchasing & Contract Services Department," accessed February 10, 2014
  18. Saint Paul Public Schools, "Audit Reports," accessed February 10, 2014
  19. Saint Paul Public Schools, "Saint Paul Public Schools Data Center," accessed February 10, 2014