Strike averted for St. Paul teachers

After nine months of negotiations, a tentative contract agreement between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers was reached on Monday, Feb. 24.
The St. Paul Federation of Teachers, the union representing public school teachers in the district, called the resulting document “a landmark contract that moves the St. Paul Public Schools closer to providing the schools our children deserve.”


St. Paul teacher’s union moves to vote on strike

Contract negotiations between St. Paul Public Schools administration and the St. Paul Federation of Teachers are coming to a head.


Chue Vue brings a fresh look to St. Paul School Board

Chue Vue stands in the lobby of Mai Village in December. Vue is a new addition to the St. Paul School Board, and is the only Asian-American currently on the board. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

East Sider Chue Vue is a busy guy, and with his new role as a member of the St. Paul School Board, it’s not letting up anytime soon.
But he’s not put off in the least by what’s ahead; rather, he’s determined to get his feet wet.
“It’s a steep learning curve,” he said, “I’m still making my rounds.”


Hill-Murray to add 6th-grade program next fall

Competition for students among area private schools has just gotten a little tougher.
Hill-Murray School, located on Larpenteur Avenue in Maplewood, announced this November it will be adding sixth grade starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The Catholic-affiliated school has offered grades seventh-12th since the late 1980s.
In a letter sent to students’ families this fall, president Susan Paul explains the addition was something the Hill-Murray board of trustees “wrestled” with for a number of years.


Metro State hires outside group to reach out to neighbors

The block-sized surface parking lot at Metro State University will be the site of new development for the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As Metro State University grows its student body, the school must also grow its physical campus. The school is planning to add several new buildings to its East Side campus, including a student center, a nursing building and a science center.
One of the first steps towards that is to put in a new parking ramp to accommodate the growth.


Backpack bonanza!

Family Values for Life volunteers gave away 1,500 backpacks during their event that also included a hot dog dinner, cotton candy, haircuts and more.

Familiy Values for Life gave out 1,500 backpacks just days before school started.


New Johnson High School wrestling captain: a success story

Coming into Johnson High School, Dwayne Williams looked to be a kid full of distractions.
His grades weren’t great. He was hanging around with the wrong kids -- kids who drank and smoked. He even got into some trouble at school.
Living on the lower East Side without a father around, in a full household with five siblings and his mother, he was a bit directionless.


Free backpacks coming to East Side school kids

An estimated 2,500 people showed up at last year’s backpack giveaway. (submitted photo)

For the third year in a row, Alfreda Flowers and her organization Family Values for Life will be giving out new backpacks and school supplies to East Side school kids, just days before school starts.
The event started fairly small -- they collected and handed out 150 backpacks the first year. But over 500 people showed, so they ran out of supplies. In the second year, they gathered up over 1,000 backpacks, but again, they were short -- Flowers estimated 2,500 people showed.


Playground popularizes St. Paul school

Linden Dungy and his wife Donna Dungy paid a visit to the new playground at Joy Academy and visited with schoolchildren. (submitted photo)

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Dungy Family Foundation, the St. Paul Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s school, Joy Academy, is able to finish its playground project.
“We’re the first school in the state of Minnesota to receive this grant,” Joy Academy Principal Timothy Raddatz said.
“From our perspective, this is a great opportunity and recognition on behalf of this foundation for us to continue their mission of working with urban schools.”


Harding Class of 1978 save the date

Harding High School Class of 1978 will have its 35th Class Reunion on Friday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 12 p.m., at Jimmy’s Event Center, 3565 LaBore Road in Vadnais Heights. The cost is $30 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door.


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