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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) 612-430-7811
(mobile) 612-203-5631
scroonquist@amsd.org

Troy Melhus
Director of Communications and Advocacy

 (office) 612-430-7808
(mobile) 612-333-4568
 tmelhus@amsd.org

Kimberly Jansa
Office Manager

612-430-7806
kjansa@amsd.org

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

Leadership

Kelsey Dawson Walton
School Board Member, Osseo School Board
AMSD Chair
Mary Frances Clardy
School Board Member, Inver Grove Heights
Vice Chair
Jenny Loeck
Superintendent, Roseville Area Schools
Treasurer

Executive Committee

Lisa Anderson
School Board Member, Eastern Carver County Schools
Curtis Johnson
School Board Member, Roseville
Crystal Brakke
School Board Member, Richfield Public Schools
Mary Frances Clardy
School Board Member, Inver Grove Heights
Kelsey Dawson Walton
School Board Member, Osseo Public Schools
Mary Kreger
Superintendent, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan
Rhoda Mhiripiri Reed
Superintendent, Hopkins Public Schools
Kim Hiel
Superintendent, Fridley Public Schools
Renee Corneille
Superintendent, St. Anthony New Brighton Schools

Legislative Committee

Lisa Anderson
School Board Member, Eastern Carver County Schools
Curtis Johnson
School Board Member, Roseville
Jill Lofald
School Board Member, Duluth Public Schools
Mike Redmond
Superintendent, Shakopee Public Schools
Zuki Ellis
School Board Member, Saint Paul Public Schools
Bob McDowell
Superintendent, Hastings School District
Kelsey Dawson Walton
School Board Member, Osseo Public Schools
Kim Hiel
Superintendent, Fridley Public Schools
Renee Corneille
Superintendent, St. Anthony New Brighton Schools
Mary Kreger
Superintendent, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan
Rhoda Mhiripiri Reed
Superintendent, Hopkins Public Schools
Crystal Brakke
School Board Member, Richfield Public Schools
Mary Frances Clardy
School Board Member, Inver Grove Heights