Saturday, December 1, 2012
They were honored at a recent school board meeting as Commended Scholars or Semi-Finalists in the National Merit Recognition Program.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Editor's Note: This press release is from Sara Thompson, communications specialist for the St. Louis Park School District. The St. Louis Park School Board publicly honored eight high school seniors who have been named Commended Scholars or Semi-Finalists in the National Merit Recognition Program at their regular meeting on Nov. 26. Students then acknowledged their parents as well as the elementary, middle school and high school teacher who most impacted their educational development; a complete list follows. The National Merit competition continues with students to be named as finalists February 2013 and scholarship winners announced Spring 2013. Sophia Temkin (Elementary Teacher: Mr. Baskin (MN Jewish Day School); Middle School Teacher: …
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 …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A proposal to turn the vacant school into an apartment has stalled—for now.
Correction: This story originally indicated a wrong vote total. Monday's vote was actually 3-3. The story has been changed to reflect this correction. It could be back to the drawing board for a proposal to turn the vacant Eliot School building into a 144-unit apartment complex in St. Louis Park. City Council on Monday rejected a change to the city's comprehensive plan, which is needed for the project to go forward because the area is currently zoned for civic—not residential—use. The council ended up splitting 3-3 on the issue—changes to the comprehensive plan require five "yes" votes. Jake Spano, Sue Sanger and Steve Hallfin voted "no." Anne Mavity was absent. “I would suggest this go back to the drawing board," Sanger said. Sanger said …
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 …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The old school is slated to become an apartment complex.
Though they expressed some concerns at a Monday meeting, St. Louis Park City Council members seem generally supportive of a plan to turn the vacant Eliot School building into a 144-unit apartment complex. The council was getting its first look at the plan, which calls for the demolition of the roughly 100-year-old building at the corner of Cedar Lake Road and Hampshire Avenue that has been vacant since February 2010. In May, the St. Louis Park School Board agreed to sell the building and lot to Minneapolis condo developer Dan Hunt for about $2 million. It was the second purchase agreement reached on the property, as a previous deal fell through. Now, council must decide whether to approve rezoning—because the site had been a school—as well…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Synthetic Field Turf will be in place at the high school come fall.
If you've driven down Lake Street recently, you've probably seen a bit of commotion at the St. Louis Park High School Stadium. Crews have been working the past few weeks to remove the stadium's grass field, in preparation for a new, synthetic FieldTurf carpet. The roughly $1 million project should be complete in time for the fall sports season. For more, see this story from April, when the school board accepted a bid on the project.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
If the site checks out, construction of a new apartment complex could begin next spring.
The St. Louis Park School Board on Tuesday agreed to sell the vacant Eliot School building to a Minneapolis condo developer for just more than $2 million. The developer, Dan Hunt, plans to level the building and use the site to construct a 144-unit apartment complex. The building, which has been vacant since February 2010, is roughly 100 years old and does not meet current safety and accessibility standards for a school. “It has outlived its usefulness for the district,” said Garfield Clark, a real estate agent who worked with the district on the sale. For the district, it is the second purchase agreement reached on the property, as a previous deal fell through. Hunt will be given two months to inspect the site for environmental problems, …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Council approval was needed because a large amount of soil will be moved.
While not getting a say over the entire project, the St. Louis Park City Council on Monday did approve a small part of the school board's plan to install an artificial turf field at the high school stadium. By a 7-0 vote, council said "OK" to the import and export of more than 11,000 cubic yards of fill at the site. During this process, construction crews will dig up soil and replace it with sand, which will form the base of the new turf field. This work will likely start in June, after high school graduation festivities are held at the stadium. Soil work will last until about mid-July, then installation of the new field is expected to go into August—wrapping up in time for the fall sports season. “I think this is a great project,” …