The Minnesota Safety Council will award Osseo Area Schools a Governor’s Safety Award for Meritorious Achievement in Occupational Safety, which recognizes superior performance in workplace safety and health. This is the fifth consecutive year that the district will receive an award for its exceptional safety performance.

Osseo Area Schools is one of 202 employers who will be recognized at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 8. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive workplace safety program.

“Our Health and Safety team employs best practices in the work place, and this award shows progress toward our goals of continuous improvement,” said Dale Carlstrom, director of facilities and transportation operations for ISD 279. “Safety issues need to be on the minds of all staff, and recognition like this gives added credibility to our system-wide initiatives.”

The district’s safety efforts are led by Dean Olsen, health and safety coordinator, who is also a Certified Safety Professional—the premier credential for safety professionals.  Our efforts have not only reduced employee injuries and lost time; the district is avoiding significant costs by improving it’s worker’s compensation insurance rates.

-Published May 5, 2014

espfairAbout 20 Educational Support Professionals recently showcased their work in a “Final Goal Achievement Fair” held for administrators and school board members. Presenters shared information on a wide variety of topics, including working with challenging students, building strong relationships with students, technology, fetal alcohol syndrome, basic sign language, and more.

Educational Support Professionals play a key role in our schools, serving in many capacities that support students’ academic achievement, developmental growth and school operations.

-Published May 5, 2014