SPOTLIGHT

    • WedSep28 Stevenson Fundraiser due Stevenson Elementary
    • ThuSep29 Stevenson Lifetouch Picture Day Stevenson Elementary
    • ThuSep29 Middle School Lifetouch Picture Day 8:00 AM to 10:00 AMFridley Middle School
    • ThuSep29 Hayes Open House 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMHayes Elementary School
    • MonOct03 Homecoming Week Fridley High School

Fridley School District 14 is accepting applications to serve on the School Board.

This opening is to fill a seat vacated by Joseph Sturdevant, for a term from December 2016 through December 31, 2017. The candidate must:

  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • be an eligible voter;
  • be a resident in the Fridley School District for at least 30 days prior to appointment;
  • not be convicted as a sex offender who is required to register pursuant to Minn. Stat. 243.166.

The candidate will be eligible to run for a 4-year term in the November 7, 2017 election.

Applications accepted until October 7, 2016. The School Board anticipates making the appointment on November 15, 2016. Please fill out the application via the district website. www.fridley.k12.mn.us under Employment. Please call Director of Human Resources, Jennifer Claseman, at 763-502-5013 with any questions.

Majestic Oaks Golf Club banquet hall was filled on August 1, 2016 with Fridley Public Schools athletes and their families who came to see nine alum take their place as part of the inaugural class of the Fridley High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Organized by the district’s activities director Dan Roff and his assistant Sue Hanson, the evening provided an opportunity for the district’s sports legends to once again share the spotlight and hear the cheers of Fridley Tiger pride.

 



Members of the inaugural Fridley Athletics Hall of Fame are (from left to right): Don Meyers (Coach, 1958-1992); Steve Carlson (Class of 1968); Chris Dahlquist (Class of 1981); Nicole Johnson Kamp (Class of 1990); Bob Barnette (Contributor, 1958-present); the late Bob O’Neill (Coach, 1961-1987, represented by son Kevin); Lisa Hansen Boxwell (Class of 1977); Richard Peterson (Class of 1964). Also honored, but not pictured, was Jon Melander (Class of 1985).



The family of Bob O’Neill was present to receive his Hall of Fame Award. The Fridley High School football field is named after the longtime coach.

 



Fridley High School Resource Officer Randi Oman


As she makes her initial rounds, familiarizing herself with Fridley High School, Randi Oman reflects that she didn’t grow up with aspirations of being a police officer.

“I went to St. Cloud State at 16 through the Post Secondary Education Option (PSEO) for accounting. I still love accounting, but at the end of two to three years of accounting classes decided ‘I don’t like this!’ she said. “My friends were all in law enforcement and sociology classes. I didn’t have a direction at that time, so I decided, ‘I’ll start taking classes with these guys.’ Next thing I know I’m becoming a cop.”

After 11 years with the Fridley Police Department, the last three of which have been in special investigations, Office Oman now finds herself in the most unique role yet of her career.

“It was really just happenstance; I was coming over from investigations and this position opened and it was one I hadn’t done before. When I started with the Fridley Police Department, I never considered becoming an SRO (School Resource Officer). It just didn’t seem like something that was in my wheelhouse. But after 11 years, I thought ‘I could really handle this.’”

In a coincidence, Officer Oman’s husband, Jason, just began his first year as an SRO at Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine. The couple actually met while on the same burglary case. Together, they have four children ranging in age from 8 to 19.

Asked if there are specific classes an officer takes for working in a school environment, Oman said, “There’s a school resource office class you can attend. Depending on who you sign up through, it can be a two-day to a week-long class. It goes over the trends happenings in the schools, how to integrate from patrol into the school, and covers a lot of emergency management.”

Recognizing the importance of her new post, Officer Oman is excited about working with a younger generation than she may otherwise not have to interacted with.

“There are so many different facets to what I’m doing; I’m social working, I’m being a cop, I’m doing security,” she said. “I’m really more in the kids’ environment. It’s fun meeting them and making an impact in a different way. I’m like the new kid!”

 



When sophomore Olivia LeDuc-Fimmano steps onto the new Fridley High School gym floor this fall to play volleyball, she will have a greater bond to the actual playing surface than the rest of her teammates.

Olivia painted the Fridley Tiger logo center court.

Her father, Mike LeDuc, is the person responsible for building the new playing surface, including staining and painting the lines.

“I’ve been doing wood floors for 16 years and gym floors for seven. I would say I’ve done anywhere between 50 to 100,” LeDuc said.

Fridley High School’s gym floor is the third project Olivia has helped Mike with. “She helps me out so I don’t have to come home at 10 p.m. I can spend more time with the family. But in this case, this is her having pride in her school,” Mike said.

Olivia agreed, saying, “I’m proud of myself that I did the logo. It’s a good feeling. Even gym class, playing on it and knowing I helped with this will be very cool. From playing volleyball last year, the floor was really old.”

A resident of Brooklyn Center, LeDuc-Fimmano is part of the one-third of district students who are open enrolled.   “I’ve been here for a year and it’s been a good experience. The teachers help you with everything. It’s a very good school,” she said,

Her dad added, “We looked around and wanted Fridley for our daughter. We felt it was the best fit. She seems to love it here better than the school she was at before.”

Olivia acknowledges the unique opportunity of applying the gym floor’s finishing touches and working side-by-side with her dad.

“It’s more bonding. I’ve always been a daddy’s girl so it’s fun to hang around and do the things he does,” she said.

And dad enjoyed the experience as well. “Incorporating her into it, I know she’s thrilled to be the one painting the center logo. How many other kids get to do that? And being on the volleyball team… it’s a chance most other kids don’t get,” Mike said.

 


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