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Perham-Dent school district to host new education commissioner

Newly-appointed state Education Commissioner Dr. Brenda Cassellius is tentatively scheduled to visit the Perham-Dent Public School District on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The new commissioner is planning to host listening sessions across the state. The sessions will include student groups, staff, parents, community members and school board members. The first session is tentatively scheduled to be held in Perham, according to Superintendent Tamara Uselman.

"It is an honor and great responsibility for us to host this session," she wrote in an e-mail earlier this week. "I shall work with superintendents from Frazee, Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids and New York Mills to involve their communities as well."

Cassellius was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton on Dec. 31, 2010.

In her 20-year career as a classroom teacher, administrator and superintendent in school systems both in Minnesota and Tennessee, Cassellius led reform, redesign and change efforts that put students first, focused on achievement, and have resulted in better outcomes for all students, according to a recent press release.

"This is a great privilege and responsibility," Cassellius said in the release. "I look forward to working with Governor Dayton in tackling the challenges facing education in Minnesota, as well as supporting the many things we do well. The governor and I share a commitment to our state's children and families, and I am eager to get to work in making a better and stronger school system for every child in Minnesota."