Saint Thomas Academy honored four graduates with the Fleming Alumni Veterans Award on November 11. The award is named for Captain Richard Fleming (class of 1935), a recipient of the Medal of Honor and the academy’s highest decorated graduate. The honorees included Lieutenant William McGowan ’37, U.S. Air Force, who was killed in action on D-Day on June 6, 1944; Captain John McErlane ’39, U.S. Air Force, who was KIA when shot down in Germany on January 21, 1945; 1st Lieutenant J. Anthony Malerich ’40, U.S. Marine Corps, who flew in WWII, spent almost 50 years as a Twin Cities physician, and recently turned 100; and the late Major Harry Paulet ’43, U.S. Army, who fought in Europe, was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and served in the Army Reserves until retiring in 1985. An STA student-produced documentary on Fleming Award recipient McGowan is due out next spring.

The Saint Paul School Board unanimously approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent Joe Gothard on November 15. The contract includes a base salary of $256,000 in year one, which begins on July 1, 2023, with a 1.96 percent increase in each of the subsequent years. Gothard received high marks from the board on his most recent performance review, receiving a rating of “highly effective” in four out of six areas. He joined the Saint Paul Public Schools in July 2017.

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Cadet senior Hunter Mawn places an STA coin on the casket of Lieutenant William McGowan at a burial ceremony in Normandy, France, this past summer. Mawn is producing a documentary on McGowan’s life.

Reading Corps and Math Corps were still looking for 29 reading, 27 math and 16 early learning tutors to place in Saint Paul schools. Tutors are fully trained and serve on-site at the school 35, 25 or 18 hours a week. They receive a stipend, education award, health insurance and childcare assistance. For more information, visit

The Minnesota Department of Education has released the districtwide results for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) for the 2021-22 school year. After two years of disrupted learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students in the Saint Paul Public Schools showed gains across all subjects compared to last year, though the results still lag behind pre-pandemic levels. The MCA is a standardized test taken each spring by students across the state in grades 3-8 and grade 1 for math, grades 3-8 and 10 for reading, and grades 5, 8 and high school for science. For a complete summary of the SPPS scores, visit

Jackelyn H. Doyle-Eustice of Riverview West Side School of Excellence in Saint Paul has been named the Minnesota Council on Economic Education’s 2022 Educator of the Year for Grades K-5. She received a $500 award and a plaque certifying the achievement.

Macalester College (#23) and the University of Saint Thomas (#49) made the Princeton Review list of Top 50 Green Colleges. The schools were chosen for their sustainability practices and education, and quality of life for students on campus.

Patricia Pratt-Cook has been appointed the new executive chief of human resources and talent management for the  Saint Paul Public Schools.  Pratt-Cook most recently served five years as the senior vice president of human resources, equity and inclusion at Saint Catherine University. She has 17 years of experience working in preK-12 education, including with the Minneapolis Public Schools, Memphis City Schools, and Osseo Area Schools.


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