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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City receives mixed messages on ’22 budget

The city of Saint Paul’s annual Truth-in-Taxation hearing revealed widespread unhappiness over property tax increases but many more calls for increased city spending. Three people testified before the City Council, but more than two dozen submitted testimony via email or…

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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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Letters to the Editor, November 24, 2021

For a more inclusive SPPS The Saint Paul NAACP has been in discussions with the Saint Paul school district concerning Envision SPPS for the better part of this year. In advance of the School Board vote on December 1, the…

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Eight vie for four open seats on School Board

Eight candidates are vying this fall for four open seats on the seven-member Saint Paul School Board. MyVillager asked them about their qualifications for the board, their ideas for boosting district enrollment and whether or not they support a temporary…

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City Council sets aside $209M in TIF for Midway Center redevelopment

Redevelopment of the old Midway Center property took two steps forward on August 25 with the Saint Paul City Council’s approval of an expanded tax increment financing (TIF) district and its order that the shopping center’s fire-damaged east wing be…

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SPPS gives high schoolers new online option this fall

The Saint Paul Public Schools is launching its own online high school this fall, as similar programs continue to crop up in droves across the state. Named the SPPS Online School, it boasts a flexible schedule for students in grades…

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Letters to the Editor, July 21, 2021

For a better legacy on Grand The developers of a proposed five-story apartment building at 695 Grand Ave. are trying to sell the project as a “legacy to the neighborhood.” A legacy can be good or it can be harmful.…

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