MSBA at the Capitol — Sen. Ruud takes over as chair of the School Trust Lands commission

Monday’s Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission meeting was full of action. Commission chair Rep. Tim O’Driscoll announced he will be stepping down as chair of the commission, but he will continue to be one the six House members appointed by the Speaker of the House.

MSBA is thrilled that he is willing to continue on since his institutional knowledge on the history of the School Trust Lands and their purpose is invaluable and will be of great benefit to the new members of the commission.

Sen. Carrie Ruud — a long-time champion of School Trust Lands reform — was elected the new chair. Rep. Jerry Newton was elected vice chair and Rep. Jason Metsa was elected secretary.

The next order of business was to get an update from the Department of Administration as to the status of the director of School Trust Lands position. The Department of Administration announced they have a job description, which is now posted.

Click here to view a copy of the job description.

The Department of Administration will accept applications until Friday, March 13, and at that time they will conduct interviews. The commission showed an interest in being involved in the selection process, but ultimately Gov. Mark Dayton will appoint the first-ever School Trust Lands Director, hired for the schoolchildren of the state.

Aaron VandeLinde — the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) School Trust Lands Administrator — provided a flow chart of how revenue flows once it is generated to the permanent school land fund. This is a convoluted system at best.

Also, there was discussion around the update by the DNR on timber, land and mineral revenues.

Bottom line: If you know of anyone who has an interest in becoming the School Trust Lands Director, direct them to the online application and encourage them to apply.

Click here to view a press release announcing the job opening.

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