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Erin Adler

Reporter | South Metro
phone: 952-746-3283
Erin Adler covers South metro schools, including Dakota and Scott counties.
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Girls on the Run after school program teaches running and life skills

Girls on the Run after school program teaches running and life skills

Teams from several south metro schools participate in Girls on the Run, which encourages teamwork and self-confidence.

Echo Park Elementary and Oak Ridge Elementary to become magnet schools

Oak Ridge and Echo Park campuses will emphasize STEM, leadership.
Burnsville plans to close Senior Campus after high-school expansion

Burnsville plans to close Senior Campus after high-school expansion

When the recently approved high school expansion is complete, there will be room to house grades 9-12 in one building.

Hamline launches bullying prevention program for teachers

Course aims to help teachers recognize, prevent bullying.

Lakeville and Farmington 'choice schools' grow in different ways

Both school districts tout success of new schools, but only one will grow next year.
Farmington school district discusses banning permanent memorials

Farmington school district discusses banning permanent memorials

Several school districts have policies restricting memorials that honor deceased students or teachers.
High schools scramble to meet ACT's many test-day requirements

High schools scramble to meet ACT's many test-day requirements

But before students can fill in a single bubble, schools have to meet ACT’s many test-day requirements: no public address announcements or bells, desks arranged 3 feet apart, and a mandated start time, regardless of a school's regular schedule.
Aspen Academy student club has a rockin' good time

Aspen Academy student club has a rockin' good time

A teacher with a geological passion is inspiring young rock hounds.
Savage holds inaugural Service Day on Saturday

Savage holds inaugural Service Day on Saturday

Shrey Pothini, 11, planned the citywide day of volunteering.

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan debates ending class rank

Student rankings by GPA would be replaced with Latin honors based on percentiles.

False alarms lead to fines at Jordan High School

Security system alarms were set off 25 times in a few months in evenings and on weekends
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan offers spring break classes for elementary students

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan offers spring break classes for elementary students

The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan schools offer enrichment classes over break.
New Prague pins hopes on Hotel Broz

New Prague pins hopes on Hotel Broz

Newly restored, the old Schumacher’s is on the market, and the city hopes it will reopen and revive downtown.
Feb. 1: Rosemount, Hastings districts deemed racially isolated by state

Feb. 1: Rosemount, Hastings districts deemed racially isolated by state

State education officials have named the district “racially isolated” compared to neighboring Hastings.
'Megaschools' grow across metro

'Megaschools' grow across metro

There are five metro-area high schools with 2,500 students or more. By 2018, there could be at least 10, depending on voter approval.

Farmington schools face budget cuts

With a $700,000 projected deficit, parents and school board members question proposals and their timing.
Shakopee explores upgrades for its community center

Shakopee explores upgrades for its community center

The mayor is pushing for the improvements, even though three past referendums have failed.

Farmington middle schools will switch to block schedule

To enhance flexibility and collaboration, students will move to four-period block scheduling, allowing for more time in each class.
Lakeville school board debates videotaping work sessions

Lakeville school board debates videotaping work sessions

While some board members say it would bring more transparency, others fear a loss of candid discussion.
New Prague plans $58.5 million bond referendum

New Prague plans $58.5 million bond referendum

A $58.5 million proposal would upgrade various buildings and account for a growing student body.

Scott County mental health program offers day treatment for teens

Scott County offering, Reflections, helps youth stay up to date on schoolwork while getting the necessary treatment.

A look at how Minnesota's school-issued credit cards are used

  From running classrooms to maintaining schools, educating students is costly and requires many supplies. Districts issue some employees credit cards to make purchasing items…
Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies marks 20 years

Apple Valley's School of Environmental Studies marks 20 years

At Apple Valley’s School of Environmental Studies, the 400 juniors and seniors say the school’s appeal is as much about the environment inside the building as it is the theme that unites their studies.

White House to honor Apple Valley teacher for environmental lessons

The Apple Valley instructor goes outside the classroom to teach students about climate change.

Arts briefs: Children's Castle Theater brings 'Honk!' to Lakeville

The Children’s Castle Theater will present “Honk!”, a musical version of the Hans Christian Anderson classic “The Ugly Duckling” aimed at kids. The story of…
South Metro schools to address growing diversity

South Metro schools to address growing diversity

Education officials named Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan ‘racially isolated’ compared to nearby Hastings

Shakopee School District proposes high school addition

The plan to double the size of the high school comes after a failed referendum for a second high school.
St. Thomas Academy, last military high school in Minn., cuts Army ties

St. Thomas Academy, last military high school in Minn., cuts Army ties

St. Thomas Academy will become an independent military school while still holding onto its traditions.
Possible change in management leaves FAIR school parents worried

Possible change in management leaves FAIR school parents worried

Future is uncertain for popular programs in east and west metro.
Cedar Park STEM School leader wins 'Principal of the Year'

Cedar Park STEM School leader wins 'Principal of the Year'

Principal John Garcia has turned Cedar Park STEM School into a success story, winning awards along the way

Burnsville parents try to tackle the achievement gap

Spurred on by a concerned mom, a group of elementary school parents is tackling the achievement gap through conversation.

Lakeville school board rethinks secret vote

An unofficial tally for new officers taken by anonymous ballots at a December work session angered some residents.

More suburbs adopt formal process for setting legislative priorities

More suburbs adopting a formal process for setting their legislative priorities.
Enrollments generally rise in Twin Cities south metro

Enrollments generally rise in Twin Cities south metro

Numbers are generally up in south metro districts.
Progressive schools moving into the 'burbs

Progressive schools moving into the 'burbs

As parents demand options once available only at charter or private schools, or in big-city districts, providing creative alternatives is helping the districts retain and attract students

South metro districts get political

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan has approved legislative priorities for three years, while Lakeville began creating resolutions this year.

Lakeville school board's 'secret vote' irks residents

Whether the vote was a violation of open-meeting law or not, some residents are concerned about transparency.
Visitation student designs device to ease arthritis

Visitation student designs device to ease arthritis

Sarah Betts, a 14-year-old freshman at Visitation School, has designed a device to help others with arthritis.
Prior Lake teen represents community at national tribal conference

Prior Lake teen represents community at national tribal conference

Shakopee Mdewakanton member attended the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.

Rosemount district talks facilities in preparation for tax request

A task force asked the community to weigh in on facilities, security and technology in preparation for a 2015 referendum.
Accused cop killer can be prosecuted jointly, judge rules

Accused cop killer can be prosecuted jointly, judge rules

Multicounty indictment against suspect Brian Fitch will stand, ruling says.
'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

Three of the new labs have opened in the south metro, helping students ‘build their own future.’

St. Thomas Academy's 'Old Guard' is passing

At 93, George Schnell isn’t just one of a few remaining members of the Greatest Generation. He’s also the last living member of a group…

School board's reluctance puts Eagan tax deal on hold

Investments in a new outlet area mall are in the middle of a debate between the school board and the City Council.
'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

'Fab Labs' bring creativity to south metro schools

Three new labs have opened in the south metro. Students are learning to ‘build their own future.’

Survey: Shakopee residents back $83M high school addition

With high school population poised to grow, district eyes options to serve 3,200 students.

Farmington's teacher evaluation plan creates controversy

The Farmington school board approved the plan, but some members say it doesn’t have enough accountability built in.

Wanted: More people willing to run for office in Minnesota

In Minnesota, nearly 400 willing citizens are needed to step up to the plate.
Runners kicked out of race are now up for prize

Runners kicked out of race are now up for prize

High School League that booted girls for helping out, puts them up for sportsmanship award.

West St. Paul voters say yes to retooled levy request

Voters said yes to school security, technology needs, but vetoed a new stadium at Sibley High.
Disqualified runners transformed into heroes

Disqualified runners transformed into heroes

Pair who stopped to help an injured runner at state meet were lauded but disqualified from the race.

Students make push for lunch changes

Prior Lake High students say new federal rules mean lunches don’t meet dietary needs.
Whitetail Woods camper cabins offer stylish rooms with views

Whitetail Woods camper cabins offer stylish rooms with views

The stylish cabins, which sit on stilts at Whitetail Woods Regional Park near Farmington, offer convenience and access to nature.
Filth overwhelms Rosemount home; parents of 4 special-needs kids charged

Filth overwhelms Rosemount home; parents of 4 special-needs kids charged

A county social worker was called and had the children briefly placed in foster care, noting the unsanitary living conditions, according to the charges.
Sept. 9: Northfield lawmaker and teacher stars in musical

Sept. 9: Northfield lawmaker and teacher stars in musical

Minnesota state senator and Northfield High School teacher Kevin Dahle sings and dances in historical musical.
Schools name homecoming royalty with special needs

Schools name homecoming royalty with special needs

At high schools like Rosemount and Simley, a new type of student is winning popular honors.

Academies for parents link moms and dads to kids' classrooms

Sessions aim to help moms, dads better understand how things work, aiding kids’ education.

West St. Paul man charged in strangling death of ex-girlfriend

Text messages show they had recently broken up.
Free entry to school events a subtle sign of suburban strains

Free entry to school events a subtle sign of suburban strains

Many high schools are dropping the nominal entry fee to events. Some families can’t afford tickets, a subtle sign of suburban strains.

Burnsville and Lakeville school districts: A study in opposites

  Even though they are neighbors, the south-metro suburbs of Burnsville and Lakeville have dramatically different demographics. So do their schools. Lakeville’s shares of students…
Two cities, school district collaborate to renovate West St. Paul ice arena

Two cities, school district collaborate to renovate West St. Paul ice arena

Mendota Heights, West St. Paul and the school district teamed up to pledge about $500,000 each to fix facility.

Lakeville schools suggest ACT opt-outs

School board believes the new state mandate is too strict for those who have already taken the test or don’t want to take it.

St. Paul man charged with dumping nails down toilets

Suspect accused of causing plumbing damage in Eagan.

Police find body near downtown Rosemount

Police say there’s no threat to the public.

Mendota Heights motorist charged with dragging biker along car

Alvin Lee Johnson, 64, is charged with one felony count of criminal damage to property and assault in the fifth degree, a misdemeanor.
Savage heading for ban on hookah lounges, e-cigarettes

Savage heading for ban on hookah lounges, e-cigarettes

The city joins many others in grappling with new — or newly popular — forms of smoking.
Dakota County unveils Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Dakota County unveils Whitetail Woods Regional Park

The 456-acre area is Dakota County’s first new regional park in nearly 30 years.
Suburbs face costs, complications in saving bits of their past

Suburbs face costs, complications in saving bits of their past

Eight years ago, a small but vital piece of the city of Savage’s history rolled in on a truck at 3 a.m. Built in 1880,…
Q&A: The new headmaster at St. Thomas Academy

Q&A: The new headmaster at St. Thomas Academy

A chat with Matthew Mohs of the all-male Catholic school.
Former priest pleads not guilty to abusing Hastings altar boy

Former priest pleads not guilty to abusing Hastings altar boy

Francis Hoefgen, 64, is accused of abusing an altar boy multiple times at a Hastings parish.
South metro schools launch a new year

South metro schools launch a new year

New faces, new mobile devices are to be found in high schools all across the south metro this fall.
Burnsville schools plan to regroup grades

Burnsville schools plan to regroup grades

The plan would move sixth- and ninth-graders into new schools and close the district’s senior campus.
Tumult, teacher turnover vex charter school in Apple Valley

Tumult, teacher turnover vex charter school in Apple Valley

Some parents, faculty blame teacher turnover at Paideia on its director’s leadership style.

Pool envy in Shakopee as neighbors up the ante on amenities

A $20.9 million pool renovation in Eden Prairie: Has it joined Chaska in out-amenity-ing Scott County?

Jordan continues drive to revive historic downtown

  Vicki Anderson says she often gets tourist types asking for directions to sites in and around downtown Jordan — the waterfall, the meat market,…
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