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District 196 graduates averaged 24.4 on the ACT
District 196 students in the graduating class of 2015 scored nearly two points higher than the nation-leading Minnesota average on the ACT college admissions test, according to results released Aug. 26. The average composite score for District 196 graduates was 24.4 and the state average was 22.7, highest in the nation among states where more than half of all graduates take the test.
 
Helping students facing hunger on weekends
District 196 started a partnership with The Sheridan Story this school year to provide weekend bags of food for a growing number of students facing hunger issues on weekends. Thus far, six of the district's 18 elementary schools have sponsorships with organizations that are funding weekend food bags for approximately 220 students. To learn how the partnership got started and how you can help feed other hungry children in District 196, click here.
 
Rosemount makes Money's 'Best Places' lists
Rosemount ranks fourth on Money's 2015 list of the five Best Places to Be a Kid and is 12th on the magazine's annual ranking of the 50 Best Places to Live in America. Quality of the schools was a key factor in both rankings. In the article on Best Places to Be a Kid, the paragraph on Rosemount concludes, "When class is in session, parents have another reason to smile: access to a nationally recognized public school district of choice." Apple Valley and Eagan have also been on Money's Best Places to Live list in previous years.
 
Back-to-school information night schedule
All District 196 schools have scheduled back-to-school open houses, orientation sessions and/or information nights that will be held in August and September. To review the schedule, click here. The first day of the 2015-16 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 8.
 
Seven candidates file for School Board election
All four incumbents and three challengers filed candidacy for election to the School Board of Independent School District 196 during the two-week filing period that ended Aug. 11. The seven candidates for the Nov. 3, 2015 School Board election are incumbents Joel Albright of Apple Valley, Rob Duchscher of Rosemount, Jackie Magnuson of Rosemount and Bob Schutte of Apple Valley, and challengers Craig Angrimson of Apple Valley, Michael Atherley of Rosemount and Sachin Isaacs of Burnsville.
 
Save receipts to receive K-12 tax benefits
With back-to-school shopping underway, parents are reminded to save the receipts to receive valuable K-12 tax benefits on their 2015 Minnesota returns. Most school supply purchases qualify for the tax benefits, with proper receipts.
 
Budget Advisory Council will meet September 9
The District 196 Budget Advisory Council (BAC) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the District Office in Rosemount. Topics include the district financial plan, the 2014-15 audit report, the other post-employment benefits trust fund and information on the district's bond referendum election scheduled for Nov. 3, 2015.
 

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