The new principal at Park High School in Cottage Grove is a seasoned school administrator who also coached football at St. Paul's Harding High.
Kerry Timmerman, 37, was tapped this month to replace Craig Paul, who announced on the first day of school in September that he was resigning for personal reasons.
Timmerman grew up in New Richland, Minn., a south-central community of 1,203 people, but his administrative experience has been with larger metro area school districts. Most recently, he served five years as assistant principal at Farmington High.
He also was an administrator at Harding. There, in 1999, he took over as head football coach after two years as an assistant.
Timmerman also taught social studies at Harding and at the American Community School in Surrey, England. Both experiences involved working with International Baccalaureate (IB) students.
Keith Ryskoski, assistant superintendent for secondary education at the South Washington County schools, said in a news release that he was "pleased to be able to hire an administrator with experience and talent working in large metropolitan high schools. His unique overseas IB experience will add to the richness of the Park IB program, while supporting strong academics for all students."
This year, Park High has 1,839 students, compared with 1,737 at Farmington and 2,002 at Harding, state Department of Education data shows.
Timmerman was scheduled to begin work at Park last Friday.
White Bear Lake middle-school students are using their sewing skills to forge a bond with students in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
The groups are coming together as part of a friendship quilt project that is being guided by Paula Rittenhouse, a family and consumer sciences teacher at White Bear Lake's Central and Sunrise Park middle schools.
Students learn about Russia through visitor presentations and sew quilt squares to be sent to a school in Krasnoyarsk. According to Wikipedia, Krasnoyarsk is Siberia's third-largest city and an important junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Students in Russia also are sending quilt patches to White Bear Lake.
The patches are to be stitched together to form quilts that will be displayed in White Bear Lake and Krasnoyarsk.
Area restaurants and other businesses will be providing food and drink at the second annual Taste of District 622 event at Tartan High School on Saturday.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the 622 Education Foundation, a nonprofit community group that raises and distributes funds in support of schools and students in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale district.
A silent auction is planned and children also will decorate cookies during the event, which runs from noon to 2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Tartan is near the corner of 10th Street N. and Greenway Avenue N.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. There is no charge for children under 5.
Also Saturday, Tartan is hosting a vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for next year's all-night graduation party.
For a list of fair vendors and Taste participants, go to tinyurl.com/9rhte4h.