Jim Vue was appointed on July 27 during a special meeting of the Saint Paul School Board to fill the vacancy created by former board chair Marny Xiong, who died in June from the coronavirus. His appointment will begin August 26 and will last until a special election is held in conjunction with the general election on November 3 to determine who will serve the final year of Xiong’s term. Vue is an East Side resident and facilitator with Being Hmong, a program of the arts organization In Progress. He has been active in the Saint Paul Public Schools since 2010 and is a past leader of the Hmong Parent Advisory Committee. Filing for the seat runs through August 11, for the special election in November. For more information, visit spps.org/boe.

The Minnesota Department of Education recently recognized 67 public schools and six school districts for their work in using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, a program that provides training and support to promote good student behavior, improve school climate and increase student achievement. Local schools receiving the honor were Benjamin E. Mays IB World School and Saint Paul Music Academy in the Saint Paul Public Schools, and Heritage Magnet School in School District 197.

Minneapolis Public Schools recently announced it will continue serving free meals to all children 18 and younger through August 21. Since schools closed on March 17, the district has served more than 2 million free meals to youths across Minneapolis with weekly food boxes. One box is available for each child in a family per week and includes food for seven breakfasts and seven lunches. Families can pick up the boxes contact-free at 50 schools and parks across Minneapolis from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekdays. For information, visit cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/covid19.


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