ISD 197

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26
May

District 197 school board discusses failed referendum

Still unclear if requests will be on Nov. 4 ballot
The District 197 School Board is still unsure if it will put another referendum on the ballot in November, after the majority of voters rejected levy and bond requests in a special election this month.
Although district leaders anticipated an easy win May 6, the two-part referendum aimed at increasing technology funding and upgrading facilities and security measures at West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools failed.

Tue
13
May

Black bear bops around Inver Grove Heights


Gertens on Tuesday shared this photo of a black bear roaming near the company’s Upper 55th Street East gate that morning in Inver Grove Heights.

Residents reported seeing a black bear bundling around Inver Grove Heights last week — and the burly beast seems to have an affinity for alliteration.
By Tuesday, April 6, the Inver Grove Heights Police Department had heard of multiple sightings of a black bear at the 6200 block of Blaine Avenue, the 6000 block of Bowman Avenue and the 5800 block of Blackberry Bridge Path (No kidding on that last one).

Mon
12
May

Both District 197 referendum questions fail


District 197 Superintendent Nancy Allen-Mastro presented information April 22 on why the schools were asking for additional funding, a request voters rejected May 6. The school board voted unanimously in February to put the two questions on the ballot in a special election. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

District 197 voters recently struck down a two-part referendum aimed at increasing technology funding and upgrading facilities at West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools.
The two questions that failed on the May 6 ballot asked voters to:

Mon
28
Apr

District 197 special election is May 6


District 197 Superintendent Nancy Allen-Mastro presents information on why the schools are asking for a renewal and increase in its technology levy and a $11.4 million building levy to upgrade facilities. The school board voted unanimously in February to put the two questions on the ballot in a special election, which is May 6. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)

Levy, bond would increase student access to technology, upgrade facilities
Third-graders assembled Legos last week at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, building a robot they can then program on a computer to perform certain tasks.
“They live in a digital world,” said Shannon Lawson, a teacher at Somerset Elementary. “If we don’t meet that at school, they won’t want to be there.”