Tiger Fun Run will benefit schools

The Farmington Area Education Foundation will again plan the Tiger Fun Run to kick off the 2014 homecoming festivities. The race is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Boeckman Middle School.

Registration goes through Sept. 12. Participants should register in advance to ensure the right size T-shirt. The cost for adults is $30 and $15 for students. Participants can register by visiting Proceeds are distributed among district schools.

West St. Paul- Mendota Heights-Eagan

Referendum planned for Nov. 4 ballot

The West-St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school board voted unanimously to place three funding questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The first question asks for a $1.2 million-per-year renewal and increase of the technology levy, while the second proposes a $3.2 million building bond for security upgrades across the district, including remodeling front entrances.

The final question requests approval of a $4.5 million building bond to construct a stadium on the campus of Henry Sibley High School. The passage of the third question is contingent on the passage of the first two by a simple majority.

Together, all three would cost owners of an average, $200,000 home $32 per year.

Last May, the district also asked voters for more funding, with both referendum questions rejected. The first was a $1.7 million technology levy increase to maintain technology and purchase more iPads and laptops. The second was an $11.2 million measure that would have built a $7.5 million early childhood center and funded security upgrades.


Members needed for curriculum council

Community members and parents are invited to join the Curriculum Advisory Council, a group that helps plan districtwide curriculum and ensure that it meets local and state standards. Teachers, support staff and students are also members, but the district seeks community members to comprise two-thirds of the council.

The council meets, collects input and makes recommendations, which are then presented publicly during school board meetings by a board representative and school officials. The focus this year is on closing the achievement gap, kindergarten readiness, all students reading well by third grade and on all students graduating from high school prepared for college or a career.

Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month with the first meeting on Sept. 23 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Crystal Lake Education Center (16250 Ipava Avenue, Lakeville). If you are interested in participating, contact Sandy Eissinger at 952-232-2026 or

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