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2017-18 Nicollet Middle School supply list

Posted on July 14, 2017

Download a printable version of this list

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING SUPPLIES, ESPECIALLY 2” ZIPPER BINDERS, FOR STUDENTS IN NEED. RECEIPTS ARE WRITTEN IN THE MAIN OFFICE.

GENERAL SUPPLIES

  • 8 ½” x 11” size binder with 2” ring (or dual ring) with a zipper around the edge and pencil case included
  • (Case-it Brand is our recommendation - OfficeMax and Target have a variety of colors)
  • Tab dividers for binder
  • 3 pocket folders (each a different color, 3 holes on left side preferred so they fit in the binder)
  • 3 college ruled spiral notebooks
  • Science: Composition Notebook
  • 1 package loose leaf filler paper- wide ruled
  • Black and/or blue pens
  • Colored markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Highlighter markers (2 or more colors)
  • #2 pencils
  • 3 Pads of Post-it Notes, 3” x 3”
  • 2 boxes of tissue (turn in to Advisory teacher)
  • Glue stick
  • Bottle of Glue
  • 3 packages of white board markers
  • Pencil pouch
  • Disinfectant Cleaning wipes (turn in to Advisory teacher)
  • Earbuds
  • Math:
    • TI-30XS Multiview calculator for Math 6 and 7
    • TI-84 plus is recommended for Honors Math 7 and Grade 8 through High School

A Nicollet Middle School assignment planner will be provided by the school, for each student.
District 191 will issue each student a Chromebook.
 

PHY-ED

  • Athletic shorts or pants
  • REQUIRED Crew Neck T-shirt (black or gray) with sleeves (Students may wear their own black or gray t-shirt or have the option of purchasing a Nicollet T-shirt for $10 at schedule pick up in August)Non-marking gym shoes with laces
  • Swimsuit (one piece for female students) and towel
  • Outdoor active clothing when appropriate

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE ELECTIVES (FACS)

  • Project supply upgrades like sewing kits, fabric, and thread will require additional expenses

BAND, CHOIR, AND ORCHESTRA

  • Black shirt and dress slacks for concert dress
Posted in Parents | Tagged school supplies, nicollet, 2017-18

Vista View Supply List for 2017-18

Posted on July 13, 2017

Recommended School Supply List - 2017-2018 School Year 

When purchasing supplies, please know that it is okay to re-use supplies from the previous school year. This could include, but not limited to: backpacks, pencil boxes/bags, scissors, rulers, watercolors, erasers, clipboards. All students should have tennis shoes they can wear in gym. 

We are very thankful for having parents who donate school supplies for families who need assistance. Supplies being donated can be dropped of in the office starting in August. We will fill backpacks (we have a good supply of backpacks) for students in need and have them ready before the first day of school. Thank you so much! 

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Kindergarten

  • 36 pencils 
  • 1 bottle white glue 
  • 10 glue sticks 
  • 1 24 pack of crayons 
  • 1 8-pack wide set of primary markers 1 narrow set of primary markers 
  • 4 whiteboard markers-low odor 
  • 1 watercolor paint set - primary colors 1 12-pack colored pencils 
  • 1 highlighter 
  • 1 eraser 
  • 1 pencil box or bag 
  • 1 5-pack 3x3 post it notes 
  • 2 composition notebooks 
  • 1 3-ring binder - 1 inch spine 
  • 50 page protectors 
  • 2 containers of Clorox wipes 
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex 
  • 1 box each size Baggies:  Gallon, Quart, Sandwich sized baggies
  • 1 large towel/blanket from home Tennis shoes for gym 
  • ART: ​1 bottle white glue (Elmer’s) 

Grade 1

  • 36 sharpened pencils 
  • 1 bottle white glue 
  • 10 glue sticks 
  • 1 box 24 crayons 
  • 1 8-pack wide set of primary markers 
  • 4 whiteboard markers - low odor 
  • 1 watercolor paint set - primary colors 
  • 2 spiral notebooks - wide ruled 
  • 2 composition notebooks 
  • 1 pair of scissors 
  • 1 pencil box or bag 
  • 2 containers of Clorox wipes 
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex 
  • 4 pronged folders 
  • Tennis shoes for gym 
  • Optional:​ Ream of 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper 
  • ART:​ 1 Crayola Watercolor Set 

Grade 2

  • 36 pencils 
  • 1 bottle white glue 
  • 10 glue sticks 
  • 1 box 24 crayons 
  • 1 8-pack wide set of Crayola markers 1 narrow set of primary markers 
  • 4 whiteboard markers - low odor 
  • 1 12-pack colored pencils 
  • 1 3-ring binder - 1 inch spine 
  • 2 composition notebooks 
  • 1 5-pack 3x3 post it notes 
  • 2 containers of Clorox wipes 
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex 
  • Tennis shoes for gym 
  • Optional:​ Ream of 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper 
  • ART: ​1 Crayola Watercolor Set 

Grade 3

  • 36 pencils 
  • 1 bottle white glue 
  • 10 glue sticks 
  • 1 eraser 
  • 1 box of 24 crayons 
  • 1 8-pack wide set of primary markers 1 narrow set of primary markers 
  • 1 12-pack colored pencils 
  • 4 whiteboard markers-low odor 
  • 1 black felt tip pen 
  • 4 spiral notebooks - wide ruled 
  • 2 composition notebooks 
  • 1 pair of scissors 
  • 1 pencil box or bag 
  • 1 5-pack 3x3 post it notes 
  • 2 containers of Clorox wipes 
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex 
  • Assignment Notebook ($5 to PTO) Tennis shoes for gym 
  • Optional:​ Ream of 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper 
  • ART:​ 2 black felt tip pens (Papermate) 

Grade 4

  • 36 pencils  
  • 1 bottle white glue or large PERMANENT glue stick 
  • 1 pink eraser 
  • 4 whiteboard markers-low odor 
  • 1 highlighter 
  • 2 black felt tip pens 
  • 1 pair of scissors 
  • 4 3-subject notebooks 
  • 1 single subject notebook 
  • 6 2-pocket folders with prongs (diff. colors) 
  • 1 pencil box 
  • 1 5-pack 3x3 post it notes 
  • 1 large container of Clorox wipes 
  • 2 large box of Kleenex 
  • Headphones or Earbuds 
  • Assignment Notebook ($5 to PTO) 
  • Tennis shoes for gym 
  • Optional:  
    • 1 Ream of 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper 
    • 1 low profile clipboard 
    • 1 8-pack of primary markers 
    • 1 pkg ziploc bags, any size 
  • ART:​ 2 black felt tip pens (Papermate) 

Grade 5

  • 36 pencils 
  • 1 eraser 
  • 1 bottle white glue 
  • 10 glue sticks 
  • 1 8-pack of primary markers 
  • 4 whiteboard markers-low odor 
  • 2 black felt tip pens 
  • 1 highlighter 
  • 4 3-subject notebooks 
  • 1 single subject notebook 
  • 6 2-pocket folders with prongs (diff. colors) 
  • 1 pencil bag or box 
  • 1 5-pack 3x3 post it notes  
  • 2 containers of Clorox wipes 
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex 
  • Headphones or Earbuds Assignment Notebook ($5 to PTO) Tennis shoes for gym 
  • Optional:​
    • Ream of 8 ½ x 11 white paper 
    • 1 pkg ziploc bags, any size
    • Colored pencils or crayons  
  • ART:​ 2 Sharpie Markers Black 
Posted in Parents | Tagged school supplies, supply list, 2017-18, vista view

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage schools to ask voters for more money this fall (Savage Pacer)

Posted on July 13, 2017

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board decided Thursday night to ask voters this fall for more money for school operations.

In a 15-minute special meeting with very little discussion, the school board unanimously decided to ask voters to renew and increase the levy. Passed in 2007 and lasting through the 2017-2018 school year, the original levy was for $7.3 million and it’s used strictly for daily operating costs, not technology, facilities or other projects.

Read the full story at SavagePacer.com

Posted in Referendum

Two school funding requests will be on Nov. 7 ballot

Posted on July 12, 2017

Faced with an operating levy set to expire and a need for additional revenue, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage District 191 Board of Education unanimously approved asking voters to consider two school funding requests on the ballot for Election Day, Nov. 7.

Requests are:  

  • Question 1: Renew an existing operating levy, which is due to expire. If not renewed, the district would lose more than $7 million in annual funding that currently supports day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including retaining quality staff, transportation costs, utilities, classroom supplies and other supports to student learning.

  • Question 2: Increase the operating levy to provide $3.9 million in additional annual resources to minimize future budget cuts, help maintain class sizes and protect student support and educational programs. Q2 is contingent on Q1; Q2 can only pass if Q1 is approved.

If voters approve both questions, the net tax impact on the average district home (value $250,000) will be $10 per month.

“Our goal is to ensure each student is future ready, so that all doors are open to them to realize their dreams,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “Educating and supporting our students requires resources; resources that are in increasingly short supply due to inadequate state funding, increasing educational costs and inflation.”  

According to Lisa Rider, District 191 Executive Director of Business Services, several factors contributed to the district’s need for increased revenue to support educational programs, including:

  • State funding has not kept up with inflation nor increasing educational costs over the past 15 years. A report from the Minnesota Department of Education indicates that if state aid had merely kept up with inflation during that time, the district would be receiving nearly $600 per student more in revenue.
  • State and federal funding does not cover required special education services, forcing the district to use general operating funds to pay for those expenses.
  • The district has not asked for an operating levy increase since 2007.

Meanwhile, the district is constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and save money, including refinancing debt, implementing energy efficiencies and moving out of leased space.  

“We are the stewards of our community’s schools, a job we take very seriously,” said Board Chair Abigail Alt. “Increased funding is needed to maintain the momentum of Vision One91 by providing students and staff with the programs and supports they need to succeed.”

A referendum website is being developed which will include more detailed information; visit www.isd191.org/referendum for ongoing information.

Posted in Referendum | Tagged referendum, renewal, maintain the momentum, Vision One91, election, levy

Solar arrays on schools will save energy and money

Posted on July 5, 2017

Six school buildings in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will gain solar panels on their roofs this fall.

Not only will energy and money be saved, but the project will have an educational component. It will be connected to school programs, including college and career Pathways, as a way for students to learn about alternative energies.  

The district has no upfront costs for the solar arrays valued at $1.2 million. Instead for the first 12 years, the district receives 25% of the energy that's generated while the other 75% goes to pay for the arrays. After 12 years when the arrays are paid in full, the district will receive 100% of the energy that's generated.

It’s estimated that the district will realize over $1 million of electrical savings during the 25 years of the warranty. Significant additional savings of $1 million or more could be realized since the solar arrays are expected to last beyond the warranty period.

To qualify, schools must receive power from Xcel Energy (some of the district’s schools receive power from other companies) and be structurally able to handle the extra weight of the panels.

Solar arrays will be installed at:

  • Pates Stadium at Burnsville High School (not the whole high school) in Burnsville;
  • Marion W. Savage Elementary in Savage;
  • Cedar School (where Burnsville Alternative High School and other programs are located) in Eagan;
  • Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville;
  • River Ridge Education Center (formerly the Administrative Services Center where the BEST transition program and other programs are now located) in Burnsville, and
  • Vista View Elementary in Burnsville.

Members of the District 191 Board of Education awarded the contract to Ideal Energies on June 22.

 
Posted in Community, Finance | Tagged solar arrays, ideal energies, xcel energy, alternate energy, electrial savings, Pathways

BHS practice fields will be named in honor of Coach Seidel

Posted on July 5, 2017

Two sports practice fields to the east of the Bob Pates Stadium at Burnsville High School will be renamed this fall, following action of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education on June 22.

Board members approved naming the fields as the “Ted Seidel Practice Fields” in honor and memory of Ted Seidel, the head boys' soccer coach at Burnsville High School for 28 years.

“By naming these fields in his honor and memory, Coach Seidel's legacy will live on with the BHS soccer and athletic programs,” said Jeff Marshall, the district’s activities/athletics director.

Last April, Marshall brought together a committee of educators, coaches and community members who considered statistical information and the impact of the coach. They unanimously agreed to bring the recommendation to the Board of Education that the fields be named after Seidel.

“No doubt that Ted Seidel was the ‘Father of Burnsville Soccer’,” said Marshall. “He not only started the team at Burnsville High School but also reached out to the Burnsville Athletic Club to get their program started.”

A dedication will take place this fall and a sign will be added to the scoreboard on the practice fields.  

Seidel started the boys' soccer program in 1970, retiring from the position in 1998. His teams finished with a combined 333-140-55 record. Under his tutelage, BHS teams finished as section champs and six-time state qualifiers and were section runners-up nine times. His teams also won eight conference titles and finished as state champs in 1980, 1982, 1990 and 1993.

Seidel received numerous awards for his coaching, including the Burnsville Athletic Club Citizen Award in 1974; the State Champions Coach Award in 1980, 1982, 1990 and 1993; the Minnesota Coach of the Year Award in 1991, and the Father of Burnsville Soccer Award in 1999.

In 1981, Seidel received the Midwest Soccer Coach of the Year Award and was a nominee for the National Coach of the Year Award. He was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association 25-year Club in 1994 and the Minnesota State High School Soccer Hall of Fame in 1991.

Seidel was among the first 20 inductees to the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame in 2006 during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.

In addition to coaching, Seidel was a German language teacher at BHS from 1965 until he retired from teaching in 1996. He died in 2015 at the age of 84.

Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, ted seidel, soccer, soccer fields, father of burnsville soccer, mn coach of the year, state champs, conference champs, hall of fame

District 191 Board to consider levy renewal, increase

Posted on June 23, 2017

An operating levy, approved by voters in 2007, is expiring next year. It provides $7.3 million for day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including teacher salaries, transportation costs, utilities, classroom supplies and other supports to student learning.

Board members will decide at their July 13 meeting whether to ask voters to approve renewing this levy, and will consider a request for additional operating funds to minimize future cuts, help maintain class sizes and protect student support and educational programs. This request would be for day-to-day operating costs only and would not fund new buildings, renovations or additions. 

If approved by the Board, the funding requests would be on the ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

“We have great momentum in our district with the changes we’ve made this year and we want to keep it going,” said Board Chair Abigail Alt. “To do that, we need adequate funding to help all students be successful and to attract and retain quality staff.”  

State funding has not kept up with inflation over the past 15 years. According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Education, if state aid had kept up with inflation during that time, the district would be receiving nearly $600 per pupil more in revenue.

The last time the district asked voters to approve an operating levy increase was in 2007.

Lisa Rider, the district's executive of business services, said the district continually reviews finances to look for opportunities to save money or reduce costs and listed some recent savings:  

  • Three times last year, the Board of Education refinanced debt to lower interest rates to save taxpayers through reduced debt payments. Altogether, refinancing this year will save taxpayers a grand total of $4 million in future debt payments.
  • Energy efficiencies that were part of Vision One91 construction at Burnsville High School resulted in a $145,000 rebate check to District 191 recently.
  • The district will be installing solar panels on some schools that will lower energy costs for years to come.
  • The district was able to give up two leased spaces by moving programs into district buildings, thus eliminating those lease payments.
Posted in Referendum, Finance | Tagged referendum, finance, levy

Approved budget provides stability for programs, staffing

Posted on June 23, 2017

Looking ahead ...

An operating levy, approved by voters in 2007, is expiring next year. It provides $7.3 million for day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including teacher salaries, transportation costs, utilities, classroom supplies and other supports to student learning.
Board members will decide at their July 13 meeting whether to ask voters to approve renewing this levy, along with a request for additional operating funds to minimize future cuts, help maintain class sizes and protect student support and educational programs.

Read more on Levy

In order to provide stability in programming, staffing and services, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education will use $4.8 million in savings to balance its budget for the 2017-18 school year.

Business Director Lisa Rider and board members agreed that continuing to rely on savings to balance the budget was not sustainable, but it was important to provide stability for recent changes that benefit student learning. Additional funds will be needed in the future to avoid budget cuts or further draw-down of savings.

With the approved budget, class size averages will stay the same as they have been. The budget also continues to support recently added student services, including social workers and family liaison positions.

The approved budget includes $130.6 million in total spending compared to an expected $125.8 million in revenue, and will leave the district with an estimated $9.8 million in savings by June 30, 2018. That savings is 7.5% of the operating budget, representing less than four weeks of expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Posted in Finance | Tagged budget, 2017-18, finance, levy, referendum

Neill Elementary School Supply List - 2017-2018 School Year

Posted on June 23, 2017

Additional items may be requested by individual classroom teachers after class lists are completed.

Gym shoes should have flat bottoms with no obvious heel.  PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING.

Download a printable list

KINDERGARTEN

Please watch for a letter in the late summer about how to label the items before coming to school.

  • 1 large backpack
  • 4 plastic pocket folders
  • 3 boxes of 24-count Classic Color crayons (Crayola recommended)
  • 1 box of 10-count Classic Color markers (Crayola recommended)
  • 1 pr scissors with metal blades (Fiskars recommended)
  • 1 watercolor paint set
  • 12 glue sticks
  • 4 BLACK EXPO dry erase markers
  • 12 GOLD #2 pencils
  • 1 bottle of white glue
  • 1 hand towel for rest time
  • 2 boxes Kleenex
  • 1 pair non-scuff gym shoes

Students with last names beginning with A-M:

  • 1 container of Clorox disinfecting wipes

Students with last names beginning with N-Z:

  • 1 box of sandwich, quart, or gallon size baggies

Optional wish list items for classroom use:

Band-aids                                 Stamp markers

Colored pencils                         Glitter markers

Skinny markers                         BINGO dot markers

Play dough                               Masking tape

Stickers                                    Post-it notes

Paper lunch bags                       White paper plates – any size

Clothespins (wooden w/metal springs)

Any kind of paper:    Colored

                                Cardstock

                                Adding machine tape

 

FIRST GRADE

  • 18 glue sticks
  • 24 GOLD #2 pencils, sharpened
  • 1 box of 64 crayons (big box)
  • 2 boxes of 10 count CRAYOLA washable markers - primary colors
  • 2 plastic pencil boxes
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 family size box facial tissue
  • 1 school bag/backpack
  • 1 Mead composition notebook - wide ruled/non-spiral
  • 2 spiral notebooks - wide ruled
  • 2 sturdy PLASTIC pocket folders (take-home folder)
  • 2 sturdy pocket folders
  • 6 white board markers
  • Watercolor paints
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • 1 pair non-scuff gym shoes
  • 1 green pocket folder (for Music class)

Students with last names beginning with A-M:

  • A box/bag of cereal – Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Crunch Berries for community snack

Students with last names beginning with N-Z:

  • A box of Goldfish crackers, animal crackers or graham crackers for community snack

Optional wish list items for classroom use:

Hand sanitizer

Assorted construction paper

White or colored card stock paper

 

SECOND GRADE

  • 1 school bag/backpack
  • 2 family size boxes of facial tissue
  • 1 medium bottle of white glue
  • 2 wide-lined spiral notebooks
  • 1 composition notebook (wide-ruled)
  • 36+   #2 pencils (plain, yellow work best, sharpened)
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 1 large pencil eraser (NOT pencil top erasers)
  • 1 plastic pocket folder – any color
  • 2 plastic 3-prong pocket folder – RED
  • 1 school box
  • 2 pair Fiskars scissors
  • 1 (6pk) EXPO dry erase markers – BLACK – FINE POINT
  • 1 (6pk) EXPO dry erase markers – BLACK – WIDE CHISEL TIP
  • 1  12" ruler (should include both cm and in)
  • 1 package of 3x3 Post-It notes
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • Washable markers
  • 8-12 glue sticks
  • 2 highlighters
  • 3 ring pencil pouch (transparent, if possible)
  • 1 small handheld pencil sharpener
  • 1 clean sock
  • 1 deck of playing cards (available at Dollar Store)
  • 1 large tub of Clorox wipes
  • 1 pair non-scuff gym shoes
  • 1 yellow pocket folder (for Music class)

Students with last names beginning with A-H:

  • 1 box sandwich size Ziploc bags

Students with last names beginning with I-P:

  • 1 box snack size Ziploc bags

Students with last names beginning with Q-Z:

  • 1 box gallon size Ziploc bags

 

THIRD GRADE

  • 4 glue sticks
  • 50 - #2 pencils (yellow)
  • 1 box washable markers
  • 1 pack of EXPO dry erase markers 
  • 1 box crayons (24 pack or less) OR colored pencils
  • 1 large eraser
  • 1 spiral notebook (wide ruled)
  • 2 composition notebooks
  • 1 pack of wide lined, loose leaf paper
  • 2 pocket folders
  • 1 box family size facial tissue
  • 1 small plastic pencil box
  • 1 bottle of Elmer's glue
  • 1 pair scissors
  • 1 highlighter
  • 1  12" ruler (inch & centimeter)
  • 2 permanent black Sharpie markers or black felt tip markers
  • 1 package Post-Its
  • 1 box/tub of Clorox/Lysol wipes
  • 1 watercolor paint set
  • 1 pair non-scuff gym shoes
  • 1 red pocket folder (for Music class)

 

FOURTH GRADE

  • 4 composition (wide line) notebooks
  • 5 plain cover pocket folders
  • 1 5x8" school box/zipper bag
  • 1 (or more) family size box facial tissue
  • 3 glue sticks
  • 24 - #2 pencils
  • 2 colored ball point or gel pens
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 1 pair of pointed scissors
  • 1 box washable markers
  • 1 box colored pencils
  • 1 4-pack EXPO white board markers
  • 1 pair of clean cotton socks or white board eraser
  • 1 package of 3x3 Post-It notes
  • 1 pair non-scuff gym shoes
  • 1 composition notebook (for Music class)
  • 1 purple pocket folder (for Music class)
  • NO PERMANENT MARKERS OR SHARPIES!

If you would like to donate items to our classroom, we are in need of disinfecting wipes, plastic Ziploc bags of any size (gallon, quart, sandwich, snack) and wide line loose leaf paper.  Thank you!

 

FIFTH GRADE

  • 4 pens (blue or black ink)
  • 3 wide-lined spiral single subject notebooks
  • 2 composition notebooks
  • 4 pocket folders
  • 2 large boxes of #2 pencils (not mechanical)
  • 1 pair scissors
  • 1 ruler (inch/centimeter)
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 large eraser
  • 1 small hand-held pencil sharpener
  • Crayons or wide markers
  • 3 packs of EXPO dry erase markers
  • 1 white board eraser or clean sock for erasing
  • 1 box colored pencils
  • 2 highlighters
  • 4 packages plain, 3x3 Post-It notes (nothing fancy)
  • 2 boxes family size facial tissue
  • 1 package wide lined loose leaf paper
  • 1 pair non-scuff gym shoes
  • 1 composition notebook (for Music class)
  • 1 blue pocket folder (for Music class)

NO TRAPPER KEEPERS OR LARGE PLASTIC PENCIL BOXES!

Posted in Parents | Tagged supply list, edward neill, 2017-18

Survey shows community feels good about momentum in District 191

Posted on June 23, 2017

Residents shared their opinions about Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in a recent survey.

A total of 625 residents (parents and non-parents) were contacted on landlines and cellphones in late May and early June by the Morris Leatherman research company. Morris Leatherman has conducted hundreds of surveys of cities and school districts including in District 191, most recently in 2014.

Results show that the community feels good about the district’s current momentum, according to Peter Leatherman, who reviewed survey results with the Board of Education.

Many changes took place over the past year through implementation of Vision One91, the work to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners. Vision One91 included changes to buildings, expanded classroom technology and expanded opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12.

“The survey shows improvement since the 2014 survey, and in many areas, our results are stronger than the metro average,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard. “That speaks volumes to what our district has accomplished.”

Results show that:

  • Four out of five residents consider the quality of education as excellent or good.
  • More than one-third of residents believe the quality of education provided here is better than it was four years ago.
  • Two-thirds of residents believe our schools are a good investment and would support a property tax increase to protect that investment.
  • A number of different questions about finances indicate residents believe the district spends tax dollars wisely and provides good financial management.

When asked what they like most about the district, respondents listed good teachers, excellent academics, a variety of programs, a broad curriculum, good academics and sports.

When asked specifically what they like most about Vision One91, they responded the grade reconfiguration (with shift to a 9-12 high school, 6-8 middle schools and K-5 elementary schools). They also listed classroom technology, career pathways and the unified high school campus (with closing of senior campus so seniors are at Burnsville High School all day).

Respondents listed the district’s most serious issues as class sizes, discipline, poor spending, declining quality, lack of funding and increasing diversity.  

When asked how they get information about District 191, the paper newsletter mailed to homes by the district ranked highest, followed by the district’s website, eNewsletter and emails.

Posted in Community, Vision One91 | Tagged Vision One91, survey, community

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