Over the last several months, our RAVE CA negotiation team has been meeting regularly to review and update the clerical agreement we have with ISD 196.  Despite our best efforts, the process is moving slower than we had hoped.  Thank you for your continued patience as we work together to bring all of you the best possible results.  As soon as we have reached a tentative agreement, we will notify our members. 


The RAVE CA Negotiation Team

Updates Coming

We have been in communication with the district throughout the summer. This coming week we will meet with  Superintendent Mary Kreger and HR Director Tom Pederstuen  to work through much of the details for fall which pertain to our bargaining unit.  We have  an updated list of questions and concerns and will share the answers here and through our building contacts by the end of the week.

We understand there are so many unknowns and we will face another school year with many changes.  Thank you all again for your continued patience as we work through all of the details.


The RAVE CA Executive Board

Kathy Buske, Rose Buecksler, Julie Emry, Kim Bowling, Lorrie Buecksler


Hybrid Teaching for Fall 2020

With the district announcement that this fall will be a hybrid teaching model, we understand there will be many questions. The district design team is still finalizing plans for the hybrid model, which they plan to share August 10th.   We want to assure you that we have been in communication with district administrators throughout the summer and will continue to do so as this plan evolves.

If you have a specific question, please email  We will gather questions and will post updates on the website and through your building contacts.  Please continue to monitor your district email regularly.

Thank you for your patience as we all adjust to this new plan and work together with our district to make this fall a great one for both our students and staff!

Your RAVECA Executive Board

Kathy Buske, Rose Buecksler, Julie Emry, Kim Bowling, Lorrie Buecksler

Updates regarding childcare

Today we met with several district 196 administrators and directors to discuss the on-going need to support childcare in several of our elementary schools.

A plan is now in place to start 2-week rotations by 10-month clerical staff for childcare support.  This will start on Monday, April 13th.  If you are one of the first to be selected you will receive a phone call today or tomorrow from your principal/administrator.  If you do not receive a phone call, this means you have not been selected for the first rotation.  The district hopes to start contacting those selected for the next round, April 27th – May 8th, later next week. 

Staff needs may change due to a variety of factors, such as enrollment increases. If additional days are assigned, the district will communicate that information in a timely manner. 

If you have questions or concerns about your ability to work childcare, please refrain from calling human resources until you have received a call from your principal/administrator regarding you assigned rotation.  The HR department has been extremely busy returning calls and in many cases, it is taking a couple of days to get back to employees. 

As you know, we are continually receiving Covid-19 updates so this plan could change at any time, please monitor your district email daily.  You may also find additional resources for families and staff on the district 196 website using the Covid-19 link.

Thank you again for all you are doing to support families, students, and the district.


The RAVE CA Executive Board

Kathy Buske, Rose Buecksler, Kim Bowling, Julie Emry, Lorrie Buecksler


A message from your Executive Board

Message from your Executive Board

Now that Distance Learning is up and running, we understand many of you have questions and concerns about the work you are doing.

First, we would like to share with all of you that our board has been in daily contact with district administrators and are working hard to ensure fairness for all.

Next, the district will continue to update employees on the latest news and changes which may affect our clerical group; please make sure to check your work email daily.  If you have any concerns, please contact your immediate supervisor for additional guidance.  For those of you who have contacted Human Resources and have not heard back, please be patient as they are working as quickly as they can to follow up on your questions.  If you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us at

In addition, our spring member meeting which was scheduled for April 28th has been postponed.  More information to come.

And last but not least, thank you all for your hard work, support and patience as we navigate our new normal.

Stay safe and healthy,

The RAVE CA Executive Board

Kathy Buske, Rose Buecksler, Kim Bowling, Julie Emry, Lorrie Buecksler

If you or a family member needs assistance with any personal situation, please reach out to our free Employee Assistance line at: 866 326-7194

School Closings and COVID-19

In response to an executive order from Governor Walz regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), District 196 has canceled school for Monday, March 16 until Monday, March 30.

The most up-to-date information for staff will be coming from the Superintendent’s Office via text message, email, and the district website.  Plan to hear more news in the coming days.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!

2019-20 Health Insurance Rates

The 2019-20 Health Insurance rates for 10 month and 12 month clerical employees are now posted to our website.  In addition, your building representative will be  forwarding an email from the RAVE CA Executive Board detailing this information.  Each clerical employee should receive an open enrollment packet tomorrow.

Any questions, please contact our district insurance department.

Clerical and Secretarial Appreciation Week

At the November 5th School Board Meeting, the board will approve a resolution declaring November 12th – 16th as Clerical and Secretarial Appreciation Week.

We have been invited to attend the November 5th meeting and will be asked to stand during the Superintendent’s recognition report.  This will take place during the first part of the evening, however we are free to stay for the entire meeting.

The School Board meeting starts at 6:00 pm on Monday November 5th and is held at Dakota Ridge School gymnasium (through the front entrance to the left).

Fall Member Meeting – November 8, 2018

Please join us for our fall member meeting Thursday, November 8th at 4:45 pm at Scott Highlands Middle School.  Our main topics of discussion will be the Supreme Court ruling regarding the rights of public employee labor unions, and nursing duties being delegated.  Non-members can join RAVE CA at the door.