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Robert Gerhart - Osseo Area School Board Director
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We talk a lot about career readiness, but this program purportedly enables sophomore students to earn certification “which alone would enable them to command between $40,000 and $60,000 as employees.” Yes: sixteen year olds earning $60 grand a year in real jobs. Let that sink in for a minute.

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/high-school-apprenticeships-new-path-prosperity
A high school apprenticeship program in North Carolina shows we might be going at higher education the wrong way.
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1st annual swing dance night at MGSH. First up: Elk River senior high jazz band.
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Honored to swear in our three new board members tonight, and doubly honored to have been elected by our board as the new Chairman. Thank you very much! #bigshoestofill #optimistic
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#FeelingOptimistic : Tonight will be a big night. It will be my honor as acting Chairman to swear in our three new board members. I can't recall when D279 has had half the board change over in a single election, but I know all three of our new members quite well and I have complete confidence in the leadership they will bring to our schools.
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Spent last night at our very own Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts, watching our great second and third grade Troupes' performances and presentations. Great show, kids!
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Last night we bid farewell to outgoing board members Henke, Etim, and Girtz. Thank you for your combined ~30 years of service!
#gratitude
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Congrats to Elie Bengston and Jessica Skolnick for being named Osseo Area School District’s 2017 TIES Exceptional Teachers. Every year, TIES acknowledges educators who model best practices in using technology in education and engaging students in learning.

http://district279.org/feature-articles/1272-elie-bengston-jessica-skolnick-named-osseo-s-2016-ties-exceptional-teachers
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Senator Lieberman calling it like he sees it. If the Education Secretary wants to push decisions down to the local level, I say "bring it on". That's what those of us on local school boards are here for.
http://ow.ly/31Ej30886cJ
The former senator was introducing DeVos, Trump's education secretary nominee, to the Senate committee at her confirmation hearing.
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An amazing chance to help people is happening right now: Any donation you give to the Twin Cities Salvation Army on Friday, Dec. 16 or Saturday, Dec. 17 will be tripled. Yes, TRIPLED! To triple your donation, simply give at any red kettle in the Twin Cities or donate online before 11:59 p.m. Saturday. No amount is too small.

I will be ringing the kettle bell tonight myself 6-8pm at JC Penney in Maple Grove. Come visit and make TRIPLE the impact. The SA helped me once a long time ago, so I can tell you first hand about the good they do.
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Service to the community doesn't end at the board room. I will be manning the Salvation Army red kettle tomorrow (Fri) from 6-8pm at JC Penney in Maple Grove. Please stop by, drop a few bucks in the kettle, and say a warm hello on a cold night.

If you can find the time, please consider doing some bell ringing yourself. The Twin Cities Salvation Army is in dire need of volunteer bell ringers and red kettle donations to meet its Christmas fundraising goal. As of the second week in December, the Army had 2,000 fewer volunteer bell ringers than the same time last year, the lowest number in three years. If you are willing and able to help, they need you.

http://salvationarmynorth.org/volunteer/bellringing/
The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an ...
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Truth In Taxation Hearing 12/13/16:
The bad news: The MN Dept of Ed. calculated tax levies incorrectly for some specific funding formulas.
The GOOD news: The total tax levy for Osseo Area Schools will be LOWER than the number that was presented to the Board at the November 15, 2016 work session by $131,202; lowering the estimated tax impact on a $250,000 home by about $1. (It's not much but hey, a buck is a buck, right?)
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Vice Chairman of the Osseo, MN Area (Independent School District 279) school board. This district includes Osseo, Maple Grove, as well as portions of Brooklyn Park, Plymouth, and Dayton, Minnesota.


My goals are to bring greater
  • Student Achievement
  • Transparency
  • Classroom Innovation
  • Fiscal Responsibility 
Please visit my campaign website to learn more about my goals for the school district, and follow my profile to receive updates.