Call to service—New UST nursing school focuses on promoting diversity

Amid a nationwide shortage of nurses, and in anticipation of a long-term demand for more health care workers, the University of Saint Thomas plans to open a new nursing program next fall on its Saint Paul campus.The university’s Morrison Family…

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School Notes January 12, 2022

Saint Paul School Board members took their oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony on January 4. Following the ceremony, officers elected during the board’s annual meeting were chair Jim Vue, vice chair Jessica Kopp, clerk Chauntyll Allen and treasurer…

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School district adopts 3.15 percent levy hike

The Saint Paul School Board on December 14 adopted a levy of $202.8 million for 2022. That is up from $196.6 million in 2021—a $6.2 million or 3.15 percent increase. There was little comment from taxpayers on the increase. Nobody…

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School Notes December 9, 2021

Saint Thomas Academy has named senior Robert Cunningham as its 114th cadet colonel, the highest-ranking officer in the student corps. Cunningham has received awards for academics and leadership. He is a peer mentor, a member of the choir, and a…

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School Board OKs modified plan for closings and mergers

The Saint Paul School Board voted 5-2 on December 1 to approve a scaled-back version of the district’s Envision SPPS plan that closes or merges a half-dozen schools but keeps LEAP High School, Wellstone Elementary and Highwood Hills Elementary open.…

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Envision a more successful SPPS without closing schools

From Highland Park to Highwood Hills, hundreds of parents, grandparents, students and educators are challenging the Saint Paul Public Schools’ (SPPS) Envision SPPS plan and offering research-based alternatives to closing and merging schools. SPPS administrators’ recommendations are based on questionable…

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Students protest ongoing harassment at high school

Highland Park alums echo charges of staff’s sexually inappropriate conduct. Students past and present are speaking up about sexual harassment at Highland Park High School. During a student-organized walkout on November 15, several hundred students and supporters gathered in the…

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School Board reschedules final public hearing and vote on Envision SPPS

The Saint Paul School Board has rescheduled its vote on the school district’s Envision SPPS reorganization plan for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 1. The vote was initially scheduled for November 16. However, Minnesota law requires school districts to give two…

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District 197 voters elect three to board, renew levy

Sarah Larsen Marcus Hill Jon Vaupel Voters chose two newcomers and one incumbent to fill three open seats on the West Saint Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area School Board on November 2. They also decided to renew District 197’s operating levy for…

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School Notes October 28, 2021

The new Ryan STEM Center at Cretin-Derham Hall. Cretin-Derham Hall, 550 S. Albert St., will hold a ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of its new Ryan STEM Center on November 8, which is also National STEM/STEAM Day. The facility is…

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