Saturday, October 27, 2012
"Collaboration builds ownership, and compromise is a cornerstone of democracy."
Saturday, October 27, 2012
To the Editor: As a lifelong Minnesota resident, I pay close attention to what our elected officials say and what they do. I observe their ability to work with people they don't necessarily agree with, because collaboration builds ownership, and compromise is a cornerstone of democracy. Ron Latz and Steve Simon have consistently done what they said they would do. They both advocate in a firm, yet civil way to represent our district and make our state stronger. They both have an eye on the future; whether it is in preparing our next generation of thinkers and workers through a strong education system or building a better transportation/transit system. They are both realistic about the problems we face right now and are committed to job …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Ken Morrison will be taking over for Pam Rykken.
The St. Louis Park School Board has appointed Ken Morrison to its vacant seat. Morrison, who has been active with the Aquila Elementary PTO and the District Parent Advisory Council, will be sworn in on Oct. 22 and serve through November 2013, when the seat will again be up for election. A spot was open on the seven-member board due to Pam Rykken's resignation in August. Rykken, who joined the board in 2008, said she was stepping down due to personal reasons. Morrison said he wants to be a voice for those that aren't always heard at school board meetings. As a past chair and co-chair of the Aquila PTO, Morrison said looking at issues of educational equality were key. According to the most recent state data available, 48 percent of Aquila …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
There is one open seat due to Pam Rykken's resignation.
The St. Louis Park School Board has five finalists for its one vacant seat. Those finalists are: A spot is open on the seven-member board due to Pam Rykken's resignation in August. Rykken, who joined the board in 2008, said she was stepping down due to personal reasons. The board will interview the finalists on Oct. 15 and possibly Oct. 16, with a decision expected to come one of those two days. Whoever is chosen will serve until the next school board election in November 2013. The remaining two years of Rykken’s term will be on the ballot. Three other four-year seats will also be up for grabs. Here is how the board looks following Rykken's resignation:
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The board wants to have a new member seated by Oct. 22.
The St. Louis Park School Board hopes to have a new member seated exactly two months to the day after Pam Rykken announced her resignation. Rykken, who joined the board in 2008, announced on Aug. 22 that she would be stepping down due to personal reasons. On Monday, the board formally certified a vacancy and laid out a timeline that would have a new member seated at the Oct. 22 meeting. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. Applicants must meet the same requirements as regular school board candidates: United State citizen over 21 years old; resident of Minnesota for 30 days; and resident of the district. Applicants are asked to send letters of interest with the following information: Applications will be accepted by board…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The two-term board member cited family and personal reasons for her decision.
Pam Rykken, the St. Louis Park School Board vice chair, has announced her resignation from the school board, effective immediately due to personal and family commitments. “Serving as a member of the St. Louis Park School Board has been an honor and privilege,” said Rykken in a press release. “It is with mixed emotions that I announce my resignation, for personal and family commitment reasons. I will remain forever grateful for the opportunity to serve as a school board member. It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life.” Rykken first joined the school board in January of 2008, and was re-elected for another four-year term that began in January of 2012. The board will meet in September to discuss how to …
Friday, October 28, 2011
The St. Louis Park School Board election is Nov. 8.
Editor's Note: This is the last of five school board Q&A articles running this week. The school board election is on Nov. 8 and four seats are up for grabs. St. Louis Park Patch: Why did you decide to run again? Pam Rykken: I want to make sure all the kids in the district are represented. I don’t have a particular agenda. I’m not going in to increase one program, or decrease another program. I’ve been there for four years, and I’ve enjoyed it, so I’m ready to go again. St. Louis Park Patch: Do you have any specific policy goals? Rykken: One of the things I’d like to see done is finding a new way to get some revenue into the district. We’re looking at the new normal. The more I think about it, it may be 20 or 30 years before education sees …