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The Fridley School District will hold a community informational session on October 7, 2015 on an upcoming referendum.  The informational session will be held from 6-7 pm at the Fridley Community Center.

During the November 3, 2015 election, the school district will have the following two questions on the ballot:

Question 1: Renewal of an existing $570,000 per year operational levy.
This operational levy, that is set to expire in 2015, supports staffing and student programs and services.  The renewal would be for 10 years.

Question 2: Approval of a $27,500,000 bond issue.
Funds generated from the bond issue will be used to upgrade safety and security, upgrade fire suppression systems, upgrade classroom technology in all district buildings, complete deferred maintenance projects across he district and address space issues.  The tax impact on a $140,000 average  valued home is $65 per year (or about $5.50 per month).

This informational session is free to the public and parents and community members are encouraged to attend and learn more about the referendum.



(L-r: Michelle Miner, Lindsey Johnson, Nejanmin Harris, Cara Claggett and Heather Matzen)

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Fridley Public Schools Teachers of Excellence:
Michelle Miner (Fridley High School), Lindsey Johnson (Area Learning Center), Benjamin Richards (Fridley Middle School), Cara Claggett (hayes Elementary School), and Heather (Schrunk) Matzen (Stevenson Elementary School).

Fridley Public Schools Employee of the Year is Julie Bieniek, secretary at Hayes Elementary School. Julie has served as the principal’s secretary at Hayes for the past 11 years. John Piotraschke, principal of Hayes Elementary School wrote the following about Julie:

“Our Fridley School District employee of the year is a superhero. In the eyes of staff, students and families she is our superhero. I mean let’s consider three villains she might confront on a daily basis:

The day has just begun and the dust has just settled around the office area. Off in the distance a teacher comes down the hall with a frantic look on his face and field trip money in hand. Our superhero is a master accountant able to organize masses of coins and small bills to the satisfaction of even the stingiest of finance directors. The teacher is calmed, the money is counted perfectly and every detail accounted for.

In that same moment several staff emerge from the workroom with the same message – ITS JAMMING AGAIN! To that the superhero dawns her cape and heads in to confront the most evil of villains… the office printer! She turns knobs, flicks switches, pulls things out, pushes them in and seizes the microscopic piece of paper that’s wreaking so much havoc on the lives of our staff. She finishes, dusts her hands off and returns to office life. Just another jam in the life of our superhero.

Our superhero is also a master at communication, delegation and decision making. Picture this: a hard working mother enters the office, cupcakes and juice boxes in hand – so excited to deliver these treats to her child’s classroom. Our superhero, seeing what’s about to unfold, and keeping in mind the new district food policy, is forced to think with supersonic speed and determination. She rises to her feet, moves swiftly – not to the parent but to the principal’s office where she utters a simple phrase that changes the course of history…

‘Mr. P, there’s a parent here to see you…’

I guarantee you that whatever the problem or challenge, she will emerge victorious. She is the embodiment of professionalism. She cares for all of us, takes care of us, and does it all with a smile on her face. She is always positive, always kind and will do anything for anyone, anytime.”


Fridley High School senior Kati Stevenson has qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.  She is one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who qualify as a Semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program and will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 scholarships worth about $32 million to be offered next spring.  

Kati is a remarkable young person who has demonstrated commitment to education by undertaking the full and rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma course load. She demonstrates an innate work ethic, pleasant personality and positive attitude. She truly exemplifies the IB Learner Profile as a principled and knowledgeable thinker. At Fridley High School Kati participates in One Act productions, is a member of the Cross Country Team, National Honor Society, Golf Team, Student Council, Youth in Government, LINK Crew, and is the president of Fridley Key Club.

In February 2016, finalists will be designated from the Semifinalist pool and National Merit winners will be announced beginning in April, concluding in July. To become a finalist, Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on the qualifying test.


Fridley School Board will hold its monthly meeting on October 20, 2015 at Fridley City Hall.  The work session of the meeting will be held from 5:30-7:00 pm, followed by a public forum at 7:00 pm, and a business session from 7:30-9:00 pm.  School Board meetings are open to the public.
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