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From the Principal...
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:50 PM



Barton Open School will have three full-time literacy tutors next year who are members of the Minnesota Reading Corps. Through the generous support of the Target Corporation, which funds this program in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Barton will continue to benefit from these tutors. Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that targets students in grades kindergarten through third grade to help ensure that all Minnesota children are on track to read by the end of third grade. Eleana Shaust and Kris Potter will continue in their positions, and we are looking to fill a third position.

The initial screening for the literacy tutor positions is handled through Minnesota Reading Corps, but our own teaching staff will have an opportunity to interview recommended candidates so we can determine a good fit for our school. Minnesota Reading Corp members receive a modest living stipend (roughly $1,000 a month) and can earn up to $5,350 toward tuition or student loans. If you know of someone who might be interested in being a Reading Corps literacy tutor next year, please encourage them to apply by going to the program’s website at We look forward to having the one-on-one literacy tutoring for students in kindergarten through third grade who need this additional learning support.

Barton will also continue to provide one-on-one math tutoring with at least one Minnesota Math Corps tutor next year. Jamie Fasset-Carmen has provided his support in this role, but will be leaving us at the end of the school year. We will be looking to replace him and perhaps add a second Math Corps tutor. If you know of someone who would be interested in this position, the website is

The Barton Reading Corps and Math Corps tutors will be highlighted in a story on KARE-11, airing sometime in June.