Tentative agreement reached on teachers' contract

Posted on June 22, 2018

On June 20, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and the Burnsville Education Association released the following joint statement.

At a mediation session held on June 20, members of the District 191 Board of Education and representatives of the Burnsville Education Association (teachers’ union) reached a tentative contract agreement.

Leaders from both sides said they were pleased to be moving forward to allow everyone to focus on the great work that is happening in District 191 schools, and assure families and students that there will be a successful start to the school year.

Details of the tentative agreement will be released after union leaders have an opportunity to share information with their members.

If approved by both sides, the contract will be retroactive to July 1, 2017 and continue through June 30, 2019.

Tagged contract, negotiations

District 191 Board of Education welcomes new student representative

Posted on June 22, 2018

Sundus Farah, who will be a senior at Burnsville High School, will be the new student representative to the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education for the 2018-19 school year.

The school district was one of the first in Minnesota to have a student serve on the Board of Education as a non-voting member, representing the interests of students.

The student representative is seated with board members at meetings. Every month, the student representative gives a report on events and activities at the high school.

“We appreciate comments from the student representative on various topics we’re discussing,” said Chair Jim Schmid. “The student perspective is important to us.”

Sundus attended Sky Oaks Elementary and Nicollet Junior High (as it was called then) before coming to Burnsville High School where she will be a member of the Class of 2019.

She answered a few questions about her new role (below):

Q: What made you interested in serving as the student representative to the Board of Education?
A: I wanted to give back to my community and use my voice to make Burnsville High School (BHS) a much better place. I hope to represent students who look like me and are not able to have their voices heard, and I also want to represent the voices of all students. BHS is a wonderful place, but just like any other school, it could become better and has its own issues. As next year will be my last year attending BHS, I wanted to find a way in which I could leave the biggest impact, and being the school board representative was the best way to do that.

Q: You’re in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in the Health Sciences Pathway at BHS. How have you benefited from it so far?  
A: I love how the CNA program gave me a chance to escape my comfort zone and have a taste of the real world. The majority of the course was hands-on work, which was new to me. By visiting Ebenezer Ridges during my clinicals, I experienced a glimpse of the real world and was able to work with a CNA. I do not want to go into nursing, however, but as my career choice may change, this class gave me vital experience in the field of healthcare.

Q: Are you thinking about a career in healthcare?
A: Yes, I plan to pursue a career in ophthalmology, and I hope to attend a four-year university and then attend medical school.

Q: What activities are you involved in at Burnsville High School or in the community?
A: I am in student council and Burnsville Strong. I’m also in National Honor Society and will serve as the volunteer coordinator for the 2018-19 school year. I’ve also volunteered at Fairview Ridges Hospital in the same-day surgery area and at the English Language Learners Homework Help sessions at school. Currently, I work at a local coffee shop.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged sundus farah, school board, bhs

Filing opens July 31 for District 191 School Board

Posted on June 22, 2018

Filing dates are July 31 through Aug. 14 for four four-year terms on the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education.

Candidates can file beginning at 8 a.m. on July 31 until 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. The filing fee is $2.

There is no primary election. All those who file for office will be on the ballot for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

A candidate must be:

  • An eligible voter;
  • At least 21 years of age when the term begins, and
  • A resident of District 191 within 30 days before the general election

The terms of board members Abigail Alt, Dan Luth, Jim Schmid and Bob VandenBoom expire on Dec. 31. Newly-elected board members will begin their terms in January 2019.

Others on the seven-member board include DeeDee Currier, Eric Miller and Darcy Schatz. For more information, call the district at 952-707-2005.

Tagged school board, elections

School Board completes superintendent's performance evaluation

Posted on June 22, 2018

At the June 21 District 191 Board of Education meeting, Vice Chair Dr. DeeDee Currier read the following summary of the board's performance evaluation of Superintendent Cindy Amoroso.

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to formally and publicly congratulate Cindy Amoroso on her accomplished leadership in her first year of service to our school district as superintendent.

As vice chair, I facilitate the superintendent evaluation process.

In early March, I met with Supt. Amoroso to ensure a smooth process and answer any questions.

During March and April, Superintendent Amoroso did a self evaluation and gathered feedback from her cabinet members as well as others in the district. 

In early May that information was shared with me.

Board members then filled out the assessment and were given the opportunity to provide written comments.  I pulled all the information together and this was reviewed, shared and discussed with her in the closed session on June 14.   

The evaluation focused on District Values of: Vision, Structure, Accountability, Board/Superintendent Relations, Advocacy and Unity. 

The definitions are:

Superintendents establish a vision, expect continuous improvement, and develop a focused plan for achieving District goals.

Superintendents manage and organize the District’s resources (human, fiscal, operational and material) to accomplish District Goals.

Superintendents lead the creation of instructional systems designed for high student achievement and the elimination of student achievement gaps.

Board/Superintendent Relations
Superintendents work with the School Board to identify, prioritize and set policies and governance procedures that maximize the success of all students.

Superintendents integrate principles of cultural competency and equitable practice and promote the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Superintendents establish effective two-way communication and engagement with students, staff, parents, media and the community as a whole, responding to feedback and building support for and engagement across the District.

With a rating criteria of “Unsatisfactory,” “Satisfactory,” “Accomplished” and “Distinguished,” we are pleased to report that Supt. Amoroso has satisfactorily met all Board expectations, and in fact has received an average of an “Accomplished” rating in all of the 25 specific statements.

The Board commends Superintendent Amoroso on distinguishing herself in advocacy on behalf of our students, and mobilizing our community to give highest priority to both our children and to their success as productive members of our community.

She helped pass a levy referendum, continued to move Vision One91 forward, and is always focused on success for ALL students. 

Due to her knowledge and experience in curriculum and instruction, she brings a depth of perception and understanding to this position not often seen in superintendents.

She is visible in our community, in our schools, and does outreach to key partners.

We appreciate her courage to rearrange the leadership of our district to increase the momentum for student achievement.

We as a Board, are unified in our support and grateful to this outstanding educational leader and we look forward to her continued contributions to the success of all learners in our school district and to our mission of "Each Student. Future Ready. Community Strong."

Tagged school board, superintendent, evaluation

Burnsville theater presents 'Beauty and the Beast, Jr'

Posted on June 21, 2018

Based on the original Broadway production, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. It's the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Many fun supporting roles in this "tale as old as time."

Performances are June 26-30 at 7 p.m. at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center for Performing Arts, 600 Highway 13 W., Burnsville.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/children and can be purchased at 

Posted in Arts | Tagged theater, beauty and the beast, mraz center, bhs

Construction will affect parking, entry at Diamondhead Education Center

Posted on June 18, 2018

Re-construction of some parking lots at Diamondhead Education Center will begin Wednesday, June 20. The upper east, upper southeast and south lots will be closed through Sunday, July 1.

Visitors to Diamondhead during that time should park in the upper west lot off of Pleasant Avenue (see photo) and enter the building through Door 7 where a Diamondhead employee will be available to greet and provide directions.

Final surfacing and striping of the lots will beging on July 30. 





Tagged parking, diamondhead

New web addresses for ParentVUE, StudentVUE

Posted on June 18, 2018

After making some minor changes to ParentVue and StudentVue — the systems that allow you to see student information like grades, attendance and test results — there is a new web address for logging in and using these services. 

You will still be able to access them by going to and clicking on either For Parents or Student Resources at the top of the page. Or, you can go directly to

However, if you have bookmarked the ParentVue or StudentVue log in page, your bookmark will no longer work and will need to be updated to the new address, which is

Updating Your App
If you use the ParentVUE or StudentVUE app, you may need to update your settings. If you are logged in to the app, log out so that you see the settings gear.

  • Choose the Settings gear,
  • Click on and then Delete the ‘Last Used URL’
  • Select ‘Add another district URL’
  • Enter your zip code (your phone may automatically suggest ISD191 based on your location)
  • Choose Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and log in.

We apologize for any inconvenience.





Posted in Parents | Tagged parentvue, StudentVue

Join ‘Rockin’ Readers’ this summer at Nicollet Commons Park

Posted on June 13, 2018

Young children and their families are invited to free upcoming Thursday morning activities planned for them at Nicollet Commons Park at 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville.

Join staff members from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 as they read some of their favorite stories for youngsters at 11:15 a.m. during the “Rockin’ Readers” series (see schedule below).

Stay for the Rockin' Lunch Hour Concerts at noon, sponsored by the City of Burnsville. Bring a lunch and enjoy the whole morning of activities!

New this year: Pop Up Parenting at 10 a.m. with a District 191 Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) educator available for casual conversations, engaging activities and family resources for parents of children (from birth to grade 3).

The line-up of readers and performers is:

  • June 14: Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. Concert by Kidsdance.
  • June 21: Principals Lyle Bomsta of William Byrne Elementary and Renee Brandner of Marion W. Savage Elementary. Concert by Will Hale.
  • June 28: Principals Rachel Hughes of Sioux Trail Elementary and Elizabeth Vaught of Edward Neill Elementary. Concert by Bob the Beachcomber.
  • July 12: Readers to be determined. Concert by Kidsdance.
  • July 19: Readers to be determined. Concert by Sticks and Tones.
  • July 26: Principals Chris Bellmont of Gideon Pond Elementary and Ken Essay of Harriet Bishop Elementary. Concert by AlphaBits
  • Aug. 2: Principals Jeff Nepsund of Vista View Elementary and Brad Robb of Rahn Elementary. Concert by Bob the Beachcomber.
  • Aug. 9: Principal Jon Bonneville of Sky Oaks Elementary. Concert by Kidsdance.
  • Aug. 16: Principal Kristine Black of Hidden Valley Elementary and District 191 cultural liaisons. Concert by Teddy Bear Band.
Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged rockin reader, nicollet commons park, community, literacy, cindy amoroso

Get to know incoming Metcalf Principal Shannon McParland

Posted on June 11, 2018

Watch this video to get to know incoming Metcalf Middle School Principal Shannon McParland and hear why she is looking forward to being part of the Metcalf community!

Tagged principal, shannon mcparland, metcalf

Meet incoming Sioux Trail Principal Rachel Hughes

Posted on June 11, 2018

Watch this video to get to know incoming Sioux Trail Elementary Principal Rachel Hughes and hear why she is looking forward to being part of the Sioux Trail community!

Tagged rachel hughes, sioux trail, principal