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- MonSep16 ECFE Classes begin FCC
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School districts rely on state and local funding to support and maintain their schools. On November 5, 2019, Fridley Public Schools will ask its community to approve an operational levy referendum. Funds from operational levies are used to support academic programs for students, staffing and student support services such as social emotional learning and mental health services.
Referendum Question: Revoke the district's existing referendum revenue authorization of $187.43 per pupil and replace it with a new authorization of $497.43 per pupil. The proposed referendum would increase each year by the rate of inflation and be applicable for 10 years.
Fridley Public Schools would like to thank Passion Church for its $5,000 donation to the Fridley Nutritional Services department. These funds will be used to pay off outstanding lunch balances for families whose children’s lunch accounts have accrued debt. Over the years, Passion Church has donated $8,500 to support Fridley students since January 2018.
Three members of Passion Church, Communications Director Jon Manke, Intern Mariah Adanene and Youth Pastor Andrew Isahaq, presented the check to Fridley Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel, Director of Finance and Operations Todd Tillung and Director of Nutritional Services Renee Arbogast, on August 28, 2019.
“We take great pride in serving nutritious and fresh foods that allow all students to fuel their bodies and minds to be successful in school,” said Arbogast. “We are so appreciative of the members of Passion Church for their generous donation and support of our students.”
Pictured from left to right: FPS Director of Finance and Operations Todd Tillung, Passion Church Communications Director Jon Manke, Passion Church Intern Mariah Adanene, FPS Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel, FPS Director of Nutritional Services Renee Arbogast, and Passion Church Youth Pastor Andrew Isahaq.
Continuing their tradition of supporting education, the Fridley Lions Club donated Target gift cards to every elementary school classroom teacher in the Fridley school district on August 29, 2019. The purpose of the gift card donation is to help Fridley Public Schools teachers purchase classroom supplies for the school year. This year, rather than donating $100, the Lions gifted $150 to each elementary school teacher.
“We greatly appreciate what the teachers in our community do, and we want to do what we can to help,” said Lions Club President Roger Solz.
Along with Solz, Lions Club members Don Holum, Shannon Melham, Jinny Ranallo, Jeff Hood, Jim Young and Bud Dauphin were on hand to present the gift cards. Now in its 7th year, the Lions Club has donated over $37,000 to Fridley elementary school teachers.
The Fridley Lions Club's partnership with the school district supports students in many ways. The Lions also make donations to Fridley Middle School and Fridley High School athletics and activities programs, as well as sponsors the annual Scholastic Achievement Scholarship Banquet.
Top photo: R.L. Stevenson Elementary classroom teachers. Bottom photo: Hayes Elementary classroom teachers.
Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel welcomed over 400 educators back for the 2019-20 school year at the annual Opening Workshop on August 26, 2019. An energizing and exciting event, Interim Director of Teaching and Learning John Piotraschke hosted a “Minute To Win It” competition between schools. The event also featured Fridley employees who spoke about their inspiration to work in education. The district also recognized the following employees:
2018-19 Teachers of Excellence - MacKenzie Diessner - Fridley ALC/FCC, Mary Quiring - Hayes Elementary, Erik Redepenning - Fridley High School, Debbie Rein - Stevenson Elementary School, Suzanne Schlichte - Fridley Middle School
25 Years of Service Recipients -
Karla Hoeschen - Fridley Public Schools Occupational Therapist
Karla Hoeschen has been an occupational therapist in the Fridley School District for the past 25 years. She has worked in many of the buildings and programs throughout this time. She has a passion for her work and builds strong relationships with the families and students she works with. Karla provides teams with tools and strategies to support the learning of students in classroom environments. Congratulations Karla, and we thank you for your 25 years of service!
Kirk Myhra - Individuals and Societies Teacher at Fridley High School
Kirk Myhra has dedicated 25 years of service to Fridley Public Schools, teaching Individuals and Societies at both Fridley Middle School and Fridley High School. He also serves as the district’s head of the educator union as a strong and passionate advocate for all staff members. Kirk is thoughtful, focused and willing to try new strategies to ensure the best learning environment for all students. Congratulations Kirk, and we thank you for your 25 years of service!
Employee of the Year - Fridley Public Schools Custodial and Grounds Staff
This year, the Employee of the Year is a team of many. The Fridley Public Schools Custodial and Grounds team worked tirelessly throughout the winter, putting in extra time before school, after school and on the weekends. With record breaking amounts of snowfall, dangerous wind-chill and extreme weather, this team worked hard across the schools and buildings in the district moving snow, de-icing, and cleaning. The team consistently puts in time to keep the schools safe for all students and staff. Fridley Public Schools collectively honors the Custodial and Grounds team as the 2018-19 Employee of the Year! We thank you for your incredible amount of dedication and work that you put into our district. Congratulations!