Filing for four board positions open

Those wishing to run for the four open seats on the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Board of Education may file for office from July 29 through Aug. 12.

Candidates can file from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 29 through Aug. 11 and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 in the superintendent's office in the Administrative Services Center, 100 River Ridge Court. The fee is $2.

There is no primary election, so all candidates who file will be on the ballot on Nov. 4.

Candidates must be eligible voters, at least 21 years old when the term begins and a resident of District 191 within 30 days of the general election.

The terms of four board members — Abigail Alt, Dan Luth, Jim Schmid and Bob VandenBoom — expire Dec. 31.

For more information, call the district at 952-707-2005.

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan

Principal visits Ghana for a week

Eric Bradley, principal at Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in West St. Paul, recently returned to Minnesota after spending a week in Ghana.

The goal of the visit to West Africa was to build a relationship with The Light Academy School, a K-12 school that is developing a science curriculum with the InSciEd Out program, just like Moreland.

The InSciEd Out (Integrated Science Education Outreach) program assists schools in integrating science into all parts of the school day and curriculum.

Last year, Moreland partnered with the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota to bring InSciEd Out to the school. Third and fourth-graders worked with university students and scientists from Mayo Clinic to conduct health and wellness experiments. Next year, the program will expand to other grades at Moreland as well as Heritage E-STEM Magnet School.

Bradley traveled to Ghana with the director of InSciEd Out, a scientist from Mayo and representatives from a Rochester, Minn., school to get to know staff and students at the The Light Academy School.

In the future, Moreland and the West African school may conduct parallel science experiments and learn about both science and culture together, Bradley explained in his blog. Bradley's blog can be found at http://tinyurl.com/nak3c8u

Prior Lake-Savage

New food service director hired

District 719 has hired Adam Simmons as its new food services director, replacing longtime director Jean Winters, who retired last spring.

Simmons has been a chef at restaurants in New York and Colorado. For the last decade he was the director of child nutrition at Fayetteville Public Schools in Fayetteville, Ark. There he worked to bring more fresh fruits and veggies to students' plates through the Farm to School program.

Erin Adler