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Employees recognized for outstanding service
Six District 196 employees were recognized for their outstanding service at this year's Partners in Education banquet held April 17 at Eagan High School. In addition, 138 district employees who have retired within the last year or will retire at the end of this school year were also recognized at the banquet. These 138 retirees have a combined 3,263 years of service in District 196.
 
Nine district teams qualify for DI Global Finals
Nine Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams representing six District 196 schools had top-three finishes at the state tournament April 12 and qualified to compete at the DI Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn. May 21-24.
 
District students win 21 state speech medals
District 196 students won two of the of 13 first-place titles and 21 of the 104 total medals awarded at this year's State Speech Tournament for Class AA schools held April 11 at Blaine High School. State champions are Rebecca Crepeau (left) of Apple Valley High School in extemporaneous reading, who finished state runner-up in the same event last year, and Habon Ali of Eagan High School in great speeches.
 
District students fill red carpet at television awards
The journalism and video production programs at Apple Valley, Eagan and Eastview high schools won a combined 13 of 26 Crystal Pillar awards that were presented to high school students at the regional Student Production Awards ceremony held March 30 at the Mall of America. The Student Production Awards are sponsored by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Apple Valley students won eight Crystal Pillar awards, Eagan four and Eastview one.
 
District spends more on regular instruction
District 196 spent nearly $500 per pupil less in total operating expenditures than the average of the 10-largest districts in the state last year, according to recently released statewide data on school district expenditures for fiscal year 2013. The data also shows that District 196 spent less per pupil on district administration and support services, and more per pupil on regular instruction than the averages for school districts statewide and in the metro area.
 
Committee will hear request to remove book
A District 196 Reconsideration Review Committee will meet May 14 to consider a request from a parent to remove the book "Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You" from the district's school libraries. The parent takes issue with author Barthe DeClements' use of the word "retarded" when referring to students with special needs. The public is welcome to attend and observe the meeting, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the District Office in Rosemount.
 
Thank You Volunteers!
The School Board of Independent School District 196, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, hereby extends its appreciation to volunteers for the vital role they play in helping educate our students to reach their full potential and declares April 20-26, 2014 to be District 196 Volunteers Appreciation Week.
 
Positions open on Legislative Advisory Council
District 196 is accepting applications through May 31 for five at-large citizen positions on the district's Legislative Advisory Council (LAC). Applicants should have some experience in government affairs lobbying and/or the legislative process. The terms of all five positions are for two years beginning July 1, 2014.
 
Twenty-five qualify for national speech and debate
Twenty-five District 196 high school students have qualified to compete at the National Speech and Debate Association tournament that will be held June 16-20 in Kansas City. Students earned spots for the national tournament based on their performance at separate qualifying events that were held this winter and spring.
 
Parents invited to apply for curriculum council
Parents who are interested in becoming involved in districtwide conversations regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment are encouraged to apply for membership on the district's Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC). Applications will be accepted through May 16 for two elementary school parent positions (specific schools, see within), one middle school parent position (Rosemount Middle) and one high school parent position (Eagan High). The terms of all four positions are for three years beginning in July 2014.
 
Positions open on district Budget Advisory Council
District 196 residents are invited to apply for membership on the Budget Advisory Council (BAC). The district is accepting applications through April 30 for two parent/guardian or other community resident positions, one district support staff position and one principal. The terms of all four positions are for three years beginning July 1, 2014.
 

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