Coaches get national attention

Two District 196 coaches have garnered national recognition for their work.

Pam Wycoff, head speech and debate coach at Apple Valley High School, received the Citation Award, the top honor given by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Wycoff's students include 69 state champions and 80 national finalists.

Jim Jackson, also of Apple Valley, was named head coach of the year by the National Wresting Coaches Association. Jackson's team took home the school's ninth state championship in a decade this year.

New district office

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board last week gave the thumbs-up to buy a building that will become the new district office.

The district will spend $2.45 million to buy a Rosemount office building on Carrousel Way and another $1.8 million to renovate it. The current district office will continue to house mailroom, graphics and other workers.

Staff members will likely move in next January.


Board may seek funds

The Inver Grove Heights school board may ask voters to approve additional funds to run the schools in a referendum in November.

An existing operational levy that raises $1.6 million a year will expire in June 2009. If it is not renewed, the school district will have to cut $2.8 million from its 2009-2010 budget. Even if it is renewed without an increase, the district says it will have to cut $1.2 million.

The board will hear information on its levy options at its May 27 meeting, with a final decision likely at its June 9 meeting.


Friends of Education

The Lakeville school district has honored four people with its annual Friends of Education awards: businessman Chris Burdick; Laura Lonergan, a parent advisory council member at Century Middle School; Patti McDonald, who helped organize Lakeville's Pure Performance Program to curb youth drug and alcohol use; and Nancy Kasella, a longtime school psychologist.


Carleton among 'greenest' colleges

Forbes Magazine has named Carleton College one of the 10 "greenest" colleges in the United States. The magazine noted that Carleton was the first colleges in the country to own a utility-grade wind turbine, and the first in Minnesota to offer "single-stream" recycling that does not require separating paper, plastics and glass.

'Lord of the Rings' symphony

Carleton College's Symphony Band will present the "Lord of the Rings" Symphony No. 1 during its spring concert at 8 p.m. Friday in the Carleton College Concert Hall.

The symphony, by Dutch composer Johan De Meij, is a five-movement work composed in the 1980s. Each movement depicts a character or scene from J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling trilogy, including Gandalf, Lothlorien, Gollum, Journey in the Dark, and Hobbits.

For more information, call the Carleton College music department at 507-222-4347.