Delores Henderson has been an educator for nearly 50 years, and could have retired long ago. But the St. Paul principal continues to do award-winning work for students and families in her district.

This week, she was honored by the St. Paul Foundation for her efforts to end racial disparities and improve educational opportunities for all students.

Henderson, 75, is principal of Hazel Park Preparatory Academy on the city’s East Side, and is known for bringing the community into the classroom. At Hazel Park, she has forged partnerships with the 3M Co., Woodland Hills Church and the St. Paul Black Ministerial Alliance.

The St. Paul Foundation recognized Henderson’s work as part of its annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards. Henderson was one of four people to win an honorable-mention award, allowing her to designate a $1,000 foundation grant to an organization of her choice.

This year’s top honors went to Lucila Dominguez, an organizer with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, and Nekima Levy-Pounds, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas and director of the Community Justice Project. They won the right to designate $10,000 grants to organizations that work to end racial disparities.

Anthony Lonetree


Green Ribbons go to West St. Paul, Prior Lake

A south metro school district and an elementary school are winners of Green Ribbon Schools awards, in recognition of their commitment to sustainability, health and wellness, and environmental education.

The entire West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan district and Redtail Ridge Elementary, in the Prior Lake-Savage district, were recognized, along with three other Minnesota K-12 schools and a college.

In the West St. Paul district, every school has achieved Energy Star ratings and separates recyclables and compostable items. Because of its environmental efforts, the district has saved $1.9 million in utility costs since 2003.

Redtail Ridge promotes stewardship through its Junior Naturalist program, an organics recycling initiative and a project that tracks the progression of a native prairie restoration project.

Nationally, 58 schools and 14 districts were honored, along with nine colleges.

Erin Adler


Robbinsdale leader heads east to Roseville

Aldo Sicoli, superintendent of Robbinsdale Area Schools, has been named superintendent of Roseville Area Schools.

Sicoli replaces John Thein who is retiring after 27 years with the Roseville district.

Sicoli is scheduled to finish out the school year with the Robbinsdale district before moving to the Roseville post.

The Robbinsdale school board is scheduled to discuss the search for Sicoli’s replacement on Monday.

Kim McGuire


Staloch named to lead Prior Lake-Savage

The Prior Lake-Savage school board has unanimously chosen Teri Staloch as the district’s next superintendent, and Staloch has accepted the position.

Staloch serves as the assistant superintendent in the Osseo district. She will begin her duties in Prior Lake-Savage on June 30, when current Superintendent Sue Ann Gruver retires after seven years in the role.

Erin Adler