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The Robbinsdale Area Schools’ school board is seeking applicants for its financial advisory council. There are three open positions.

The council provides financial advice and support for the school board and senior administration. It evaluates the district’s economic condition and helps develop future budget assumptions.

Qualifications for applicants for the volunteer, three-year positions include a strong background in finance, economics, and/or accounting, along with experience in school or business finance, and the ability to declare no conflicts of interest.

For information, contact Jeff Priess, executive director of business services, at or 763-504-8037, or Patsy Green, the school board’s treasurer, at or 763-504-7992.

The application deadline is Oct. 31. New council members will be appointed in December by majority vote of the school board.

To apply, go to and download the application form, or contact Mary Cebula at mary_ceb or 763-504-8012.


Schools, buses will start late on Oct. 30

Public schools in Edina will start two hours later than usual on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Buses also will run two hours later than usual that morning. Dismissal times and afternoon bus routes will remain the same.

The district will have one additional late start and two early release days later this year. During those times, teachers will meet on their collaborative teams to review student data and plan instruction.


Clarification offered on ballot language

A state-required “Notice of Special Election” mailing to more than 29,000 Bloomington households has some voters confused about the single-page mailing that appears to be a sample ballot, officials said.

The district is seeking voter approval of a Capital Projects Levy referendum to fund school safety and security improvements, and components of its Next Technologies for Learning plan.

The mailing provides notice that Bloomington schools’ Capital Projects Levy referendum will be on the ballot on Nov. 5 in conjunction with the city’s municipal election.

The notice also contains statutory required ballot language stating, “BY VOTING ‘YES’ ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE,” which is contrary to information district officials shared in campaign information.

“Approving the Capital Projects referendum will not cause property taxes to go up for at least four years. The language on the ballot is required by state statute,” said Rod Zivkovich, the district’s director of finance and business services.

He added that other levies and factors, many out of the district’s control, may cause school property taxes to increase or decrease, but on the referendum levy, “we can maintain a no tax increase for a couple of years.”

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