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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER I am sure that many of you reading this newsletter have heard about the situation at Community Action of Minneapolis, if you haven’t you should look it up. I am not going to comment on any of the reported facts or allegations in the case. What I will do is remind everyone of a couple of tenets that I think we should all hold close to our hearts. The first is that it is not good enough to be well intended. The second is that what is allowable is not always advisable. What these phrases essentially mean is that we must follow the terms of our contracts to the best of our ability and we must be careful to consider all stakeholders as we make financial decisions. When Tri-Valley’s Board of Directors gives us permission to enter into a contract with a funding source they have the highest expectations for all of us in the areas of contract performance and stewardship of funds. We have 20 intrepid volunteers working on comparing Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365. The contributions of this group will be vital in making the decision about which platform we ultimately migrate to. I would like to thank the volunteers for taking the time to provide input. I would also like to thank the IT Department for their hard work in developing the comparison tools. On September 24th Cindy Pic and I had the opportunity to visit with Kent Ehrenstrom from MnDOT. I felt the meeting was very productive. Cindy and I were able to share Tri-Valley’s commitment to rural transit for what it means to our communities. Kent shared a bit about MnDOT’s plans for the future. Even though we have seen a great deal of change in our Transportation Department over the past few years I believe that more is in the offing. The best outcome of the meeting in my view was the strengthened communication between all involved in the meeting. This week I am participating in the National Head Start Association Fall Leadership Institute. The dialogue about Universal Pre-K and how that articuslates with Head Start is definitely intensifying. Unfortunately there is still not the clarity many of us are seeking. The hope of many is that we get a clear sense of where the Administration sees Head Start in terms of working with four year olds after the election. We will also be spending time this week talking about the Reauthorization of Head Start. I will refrain from making any comments about that topic as any concrete congressional action in that endeavor will likely not happen for a while. (CEO News and Notes Continued on Next Page)
In This Issue:
* CEO News and Notes (Jason Carlson) * DeMers Retirement Open House and Social * Monticello Wheels on the Bus! * Thank You!
In This Issue:
* Upcoming October Calendar Items * Going Back to School Isn’t Just for Students * Winnebago Police Officer Presentation * Safe Kids Grand Forks Presentation * North Country Food Bank Presentation
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. September Newsletter