Approximately 330 members of the Class of 2017 received their diplomas on Thursday, May 25 at the St. Louis Park Stadium.
St. Louis Park High School sophomore Yonit Krebs is one of 57 distinguished Minnesota High School students who were recently honored by the Minnesota Department of Education at its Scholars of Distinction award program on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
St. Louis Park Public Schools honored a group of 16 employees on Monday, May 22, who have announced their retirement during the 2016-17 school year. The retirees were recognized at the May 22 School Board Business Meeting and during a special reception prior to the meeting.
The School Board unanimously approved Astein Osei's contract at its Monday, May 22 Business Meeting. He will begin his tenure as Superintendent on July 1, 2017. Astein Osei has been selected to be the next Superintendent of St. Louis Park Public Schools pending successful contract negotiations. The School Board was unanimous in their selection of Osei. School Board Chair Jim Yarosh said, “The School Board is energized and excited about the future of the District. Mr. Osei will build on a really terrific foundation.”
After a two-year process that began with the Strategic Plan and included a Learning Design Team and extensive public input process, the School Board voted 6-1 on April 24th to place a $100.9 million bond referendum before voters in the November 7, 2017 General Election.
Superintendent Rob Metz presented budget reductions being considered for the 2017-18 school year to the school board on April 24.
St. Louis Park Public Schools has announced a new environmental camp partnership for fifth graders with Camp Ihduhapi. Beginning in the fall of 2017, fifth graders from Aquila, Park Spanish Immersion, Peter Hobart, and Susan Lindgren will attend two days of camp, with two days of related curriculum in between. Students will be bussed to and from camp and there will be no overnight stay involved in this new camp format.
High School students, parents, teachers, and community members spoke during Open Forum at the April 24 School Board Meeting to voice their support for a Gender Inclusion Policy for St. Louis Park Public Schools. The speakers would like to see a policy implemented before the start of the 2017-18 school year.