West school briefs: Robbinsdale school board sets Nov. 4 referendum

  • August 12, 2014 - 3:00 PM


School board sets Nov. 4 referendum

Robbinsdale Area School District voters will see two school funding requests on the Nov. 4 ballot based on the school board’s recent approval of the election resolution and ballot questions.

Question 1 is a request to renew the existing operating levy, with no tax increase if approved by voters. Question 2 is a request to approve a new technology levy.

Robbinsdale is one of the few school districts in Hennepin County that does not currently have a voter-approved capital project levy to provide funds for technology.

Renewing the operating levy would provide approximately $20 million per year to help maintain lower-than-average class sizes and fund daily school and district operations such as classroom supplies, staff salaries, building maintenance and transportation.

Adding a technology levy would provide a stable source of funding to increase technology access for students and staff, support personalized learning, and expand technology for teaching and learning.

Complete information about the Nov. 4 referendum, including fact sheets, polling locations, the absentee voting process and tax impact charts can be found at Questions can be directed to or 763-504-8022.


North High’s 50th reunion is Aug. 22-23

Minneapolis North High School’s Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50th reunion this month.The weekend celebration’s programs will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 22 and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3131 Campus Drive in Plymouth. Additional special events will include a kickoff scramble golf outing at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 at Hollydale Golf Course in Plymouth and a cruise on the Mississippi River at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

For more information, go to or call 612-886-5777.


Pretasky is new assistant principal

Michael Pretasky has been hired as the next assistant principal for Edina High School.

Pretasky replaces Eric Nelson, who recently assumed the principalship at Irondale High School in New Brighton.

Pretasky has been with the Edina district for 15 years, most recently serving as dean of students and options program coordinator at Edina High School.

Previously, Pretasky was a music educator at Valley View Middle School, where he taught sixth-grade global music for nine years. He also taught choral music in the Robbinsdale School District for one year.


St. David’s Center to host 5K Fun Run

St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development will host the inaugural Get Out and Grow! 5K Fun Run on Sept. 27.

It will kick off at 9 a.m. at the historic Burwell House, 13209 McGinty Road, across from St. David’s Center on Plymouth Road and travel through the trail system in Minnetonka. For those looking for a shorter course, a “tot trot” turnaround is available at Meadow Park.

Online registration is now open with a deadline of Aug. 29. The cost is $10 for children ages 10 and under and $25 for individuals age 11 and older.


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