ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- District 196 is accepting nominations through Feb. 25 for an annual award that recognizes district employees for their ability to foster mutual respect between individual students and staff.
The Andrew Christopher Randall Memorial Travel Award was established in 1991 by Dr. Ruth Randall Benson, former District 196 superintendent (1981-83) and Minnesota Commissioner of Education. She established the award in memory of her grandson Andrew, who died in September 1990, at age 14, following a six and one-half year battle with cancer. The award is given to honor the employees at the schools Andrew attended (Valley Middle and Southview Elementary) for the sensitivity, humor, kindness, love and mutual respect that marked their relationship with Andrew. The $2,000 cash award is designated for travel because travel brought great pleasure to Andrew. The award is also supported financially by Andrew's parents Robert and Laurie.
Any employee, student, parent or resident may nominate a District 196 employee for the award. Employees must have worked in the district for at least five years to be eligible. The nomination form is available on the district website or by calling 651-423-7784. Completed nominations must be submitted by Feb. 25 online or to: Elementary Curriculum, Independent School District 196, 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068.
Past recipients of the Randall Award are (in reverse chronological order): Tim Kurtz, Dakota Hills Middle School; Scott Fiegel, Falcon Ridge Middle School; Cathy Wright, Apple Valley High School; Sue Lovaas-Gerten, Red Pine Elementary School; Tom Turk, Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies; Laura Buehrer, Dakota Hills Middle School; Debbie Adams, Parkview Elementary School; Gene Wenthold, Scott Highlands Middle School; Sally Cole, District Office; Bruce Sandberg, Apple Valley High School; Ron McCarthy, School of Environmental Studies; David Nord, Eastview High School; Dr. Thomas Scott, Rosemount High School; Kathy Smola, Oak Ridge Elementary School; Larry Larson, Rosemount Middle School; Bill Henry, Rosemount High School; Evan Brewer, Apple Valley High School; Ethan Bleifus, Apple Valley High School; Judy Sagen, Eagan High School; Chuck Brooks, Rosemount High School; Carole Saathoff, Scott Highlands Middle School, and Chuck Ogee, Valley Middle School.
District 196 serves approximately 27,000 students in early childhood, K-12 and special education programs combined, and offers community education programs for residents of all ages. District 196 includes all or part of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Coates, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and Empire and Vermillion townships. For more information, visit www.district196.org.