The Family Resource Center will move to the Transit Center
Scott County will move its Shakopee Family Resource Center, which is currently housed at the library, to the Marschall Road Transit Station in early 2023.
The decision was made earlier this summer after a joint meeting between Shakopee City Council and Scott County Council. It comes after some council members and city staff objected to social service programming at the library.
The resource center is intended to be a hub where visitors can learn from county staff about social services provided by the county and local nonprofit organizations. The county also has resource centers at the River Valley YMCA and the Jordan Area Food Shelf.
The county will carry out renovations to make the transit station more welcoming and to soundproof certain areas, county administrator Lezlie Vermillion said. There will be an open space for classes and a few smaller interview rooms.
“I’m very happy with this solution,” Vermillion said.
Retired longtime mayor
Shoreview Mayor Sandy Martin has announced she is not seeking re-election after serving as the town’s top elected official for 26 years.
“It was not an easy decision,” Martin said in a statement. “However, I am very confident about the future of our city.”
Martin was first elected mayor in 1996. She was also a member of the city council from 1989 to 1993 and served on the planning commission for 15 years.
Council member Sue Denkinger and Alicia Baraga are both running for mayor.
Set of candidate forums
With two months to go until Election Day, the League of Women Voters of Minnesota has held several debates and forums for northern metro voters to hear from candidates for state and local office.
The first will take place at Brooklyn Center, where Mayor Mike Elliott will take on challenger and City Council member April Graves. The contestants will face off Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Center City Hall, 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway. The event will also include candidates for city council.
On Thursday, the candidates for mayor and council of Osseo will debate at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall of Osseo. Alicia Vickerman and Duane Poppe are running for mayor.
The league will host events featuring mayoral and council candidates in Maple Grove on September 13 and Plymouth on September 15. A list of upcoming debates and forums is available on the league website.
Three schools added to state’s ‘needs support’ list
Amid a slump in test scores, three Stillwater schools have been added to the state’s list of 371 public schools in need of more support, the state Department of Education recently announced.
Stillwater Area High School, St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center and Andersen Elementary School were on the list.
Statewide math and reading scores have been hit during the COVID-19 pandemic as school disruptions have taken their toll, according to the latest Minnesota test results. Math skills have been particularly affected, dropping to the point where less than half of students are proficient.
The district said overall performance and the performance of specific groups of students are considered when determining a school’s need for support.