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AMSD is The Voice for Metro Schools & Students

It is the mission of AMSD to advocate for metropolitan school districts and advance legislation that supports student achievement.

We believe that:

Minnesota’s future prosperity is dependent upon the success of ALL students.
Public education must be the highest priority of state government.
State education policy and resource allocation must recognize and support the unique needs of metropolitan districts.
The collective and consistent voice of member districts is critical to achieving our mission.

Providing Leadership, Access, and Information

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School districts in the metropolitan area face challenges that differ from districts elsewhere in the state. AMSD’s members include both urban and suburban school districts, making it truly a metro-wide organization. Because of its broad-based membership, AMSD is in a unique position to identify the needs of metropolitan school districts and seek meaningful policy changes to help meet those needs.

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Leadership

AMSD is a strong voice for public education both at the Legislature and in the media, with a proactive agenda and a commitment to action. AMSD’s primary task is to lobby at the state level for the needs of metropolitan school districts. However, AMSD’s Board believes that its lobbying efforts are most effective when the organization plays a role in shaping the broader public debate on K-12 issues and advocates for policies that benefit the State as a whole.

Access

During the legislative session, AMSD maintains regular contact with House and Senate leadership, the K-12 committee chairs, and key legislators. AMSD communicates through private meetings with lawmakers, providing written materials, and testifying before committees. AMSD also arranges for district staff and parents to testify on key issues, offering local information and perspectives that help legislators understand the impact of their decisions.

Information

AMSD provides its members with relevant, concise, and timely information on key issues and the progress of the legislative session, giving local school officials the tools they need to communicate with legislators and within their communities. AMSD also provides in-depth background material on issues, ongoing financial analysis of pending legislation, and assistance in preparing testimony for school officials.

“AMSD offers a respected voice and strong leadership at the Capitol. Through excellent research and counsel, AMSD helps member districts advocate for state policy that recognizes and supports the needs of metropolitan school districts and their learners.

–Superintendent David Law, Anoka-Hennepin School District

Meet the AMSD Team

Scott Croonquist
Executive Director/Lobbyist

(office) 651-999-7326
(mobile) 612-203-5631
scroonquist@amsd.org

Troy Melhus
Director of Communications and Advocacy

 (office) 651-999-7327
(mobile) 612-333-4568
 tmelhus@amsd.org

Sara O’Rourke
Office Manager

651-999-7325
sorourke@amsd.org

Kris Amundson
Amundson Strategies
Governmental Relations Consultant
Lori Grivna
Amundson Strategies
Governmental Relations Consultant

Leadership

Stephanie Levine
School Board Member, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan
AMSD Chair
Andrea Cuene
School Board Member, Wayzata School Board
AMSD Vice Chair
Aldo Sicoli
Superintendent, Roseville Area Schools
Treasurer

Executive Committee

Steve Adams
School Board Member, Hopkins Public Schools
Mike Chevalier
School Board Member, Mahotmedi Public Schools
Andrea Cuene
School Board Member, Wayzata Public Schools
David Law
Superintendent, Anoka Hennepin School District
Stephanie Levine
School Board Member, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan
Christine Osorio
Superintendent, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale
Teri Staloch
Superintendent, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
John Stroebel
School Board Member, Spring Lake Park
Steven Unowsky
Superintendent, Richfield Public Schools

Legislative Committee

Steve Adams
School Board Member, Hopkins Public Schools
Mike Chevalier
School Board Member, Mahotmedi Public Schools
Andrea Cuene
School Board Member, Wayzata Public Schools
Jay Haugen
Superintendent, Farmington Area Public Schools
Bruce Hentges
School Board Member, St. Cloud Area School District #742
David Law
Superintendent, Anoka Hennepin School District
Stephanie Levine
School Board Member, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan
Astein Osei
Superintendent, St. Louis Park Public Schools
Christine Osorio
Superintendent, North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale
Teri Staloch
Superintendent, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
John Stroebel
School Board Member, Spring Lake Park
Steven Unowsky
Superintendent, Richfield Public Schools
Michelle Witte
School Board Member, South Washington County Schools