A Team Staff News

August 30, 2021

All Staff Communication from Last Week

Important information was sent out on August 27 to All Staff relating to updated mitigation measures for staff & students as we approach the school year. Be sure to read through that communication and as a friendly reminder, face coverings will be required for all staff PreK-12 starting Tuesday, August 31st.

Department Updates

Human Resources

Introducing the New HR Team


Jessie Hjelle, HR Director

Krista Gundberg, HR Specialist

Christy Cronquist, HR Specialist


Jessie joined the district last month as the HR Director and Krista and Christy were previously in different roles at the District Office and now hold positions as HR Specialists. Krista’s focus will be on certified staff, while Christy’s will be on non-certified staff. However, Krista and Christy are cross-trained to be able to serve all employees.


Major functions of the HR team include: recruitment and retention of staff, onboarding, employee relations, benefit administration, contracts and negotiations, leave administration, and employee relations.


Stay tuned for updates on the HR Intranet page!


Life Events

Our team would love to come alongside you as we do life together!


We would love to help you celebrate the birth or adoption of a child with a special gift.


Get well wishes will also be sent for staff requiring a surgery and/or hospital stay.


In addition, we’d love to offer our condolences and support if you experience the loss of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent, sibling) with a memorial gift.


Please notify the District Office Secretary when you or your staff members experience one of these events so we can come offer our support.


Please note that certain life events may also allow you to be eligible to make changes to your insurance coverage mid-year. The Qualifying Life Events (QLEs) include birth/adoption, marriage/divorce, loss/gain of other coverage, or death. Please note that you need to act quickly as you only have 30 days from the date of the ‘event’ to make changes. If your request is submitted after the deadline, your next opportunity to make changes will be during annual open enrollment with a July 1 effective date. Please reach out to one of our HR Specialists if you experience a QLE.


Student Photo Day

All staff members are highly encouraged to participate in student photo day by having their photo taken. It’s very important that staff photos on file are current for media publications as well as for safety protocols.


All photo days are listed on the school calendar. Note a few of the buildings hold photo days during open house/orientation events. Traveling staff are welcome to jump in on any picture day at their assigned sites.


Employee Badges

Employee Badges should be worn during working hours and while on School District property.


Your name badge is an important part of your work attire. It lets students, parents, co-workers, vendors, and the general public, identify you as an employee of Alexandria Public Schools. It also helps provide a secure environment for our students, and to ensure that everyone who enters our schools is identified.

Business Services Department

Business Services Team


Trevor Peterson, Director of Business Services

Lori Donovan, Accts Payable & Accts Receivable

Sara Meyer, Payroll Technician


Our department is responsible for the monetary aspects of operating the school district, including the following functions:

  • Accounts Payable & Receivable

  • Budgeting

  • Buildings & Grounds

  • Food & Nutrition Services

  • Payroll

  • Purchasing

  • Student Accounting

  • Construction Projects

  • Annual Audit

  • Cash Management & Investments

Communications Department

Let’s Tell Our Story Together!

The 2021-22 school year is quickly approaching. It's time to review our process for submitting photos and stories to be shared out on our social media channels. I know you will be fired up after watching the back-to-school video reminding you of the importance of telling our story!


Here is a link to the 4-minute back-to-school video. Please take the time to watch this. As a reminder, the social media email address is socialmedia@alexschools.org. Our #SS4EDU Account Manager Bridget is ready to post your good news items, so be sure to send them to her. Bridget monitors that email address during work hours and will be sure to post stories out in a timely manner.

Follow the #ATeam206 on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels.


Sept 1, 6-8:30am: Free Breakfast All Staff - North McDonald's

The North McDonald's location would like to recognize and thank all teachers and staff for the amazing work they do throughout each school year, and especially this past year. In appreciation of that work, they are offering a free breakfast on Wednesday, September 1 to any school staff who bring in the attached flyer between 6:00-8:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events

August 30-September 6: Compass Closed

Aug 30-September 6: Buildings will determine 2 Prof. Development Days; 1.50 Teacher Workdays

August 31:

  • Face coverings required for all staff PreK-12.
  • EEC Picture Day, 3-7pm
  • VES & LES Picture Days, 3:30-7:30pm
  • Elementary PreK-5 Open House/Orientation, 3:30-7:30pm

September 1:

  • DMS & AAHS Open Houses, 3:30-7:30pm

September 2: Welcome Back Kick-Off - Watch for details from site levels

September 7:

  • School Begins PreK-12; Compass Begins

Alexandria Public Schools

Our Mission is to achieve educational excellence and to inspire a life-long passion for learning.


Our Vision is to be an extraordinary school district that tailors learning for each child, by working together!