“Full STEAM Ahead for Olson School”?

December 9, 2011 at 7:09 am 1 comment

The Golden Valley Patch has written a two-part series on the Robbinsdale Area Schools (RAS) decision to open a STEAM magnet school at the Olson Elementary site in Golden Valley. Here are the links (part 1 http://goldenvalley.patch.com/articles/full-steam-ahead-for-olson-school#photo-8640597 ) (part 2 http://goldenvalley.patch.com/articles/full-steam-ahead-for-olson-school-part-ii#photo-8640598 ) Please read the articles.

Today a letter to the editor was published that points out some issues with the decision, see link http://goldenvalley.patch.com/articles/lettter-to-the-editor-why-i-m-against-steam .

Please, if you agree or disagree with the articles or the letter to the editor let us at Community Solutions MN know your opinion by sending us comments (that are printable). In addition, let the Golden Valley Patch, RAS administration and RAS Board know your thoughts on this subject via email or phone calls.

Those that are involved determine the outcome of events.  The WHOLE community needs to be heard. The decisions of our elected representatives need to be measured and tracked against the mission to educate all students!!!


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  • 1. wants2know  |  December 10, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    In 2009 parents and students in the District were put through the major trauma of the closure of 3 schools and realignment of school boundaries to save $2 M. Based on the proposed savings in staff salaries reported FY 2010 opening a Magnet school will cost roughly $428,100. Facilities operational costs will cost roughly $38,000 based on figures estimated in the Wold Consulting report dated Jan 5, 2009. Roughly $46,100 in increased costs. How does that equate to student decline due to students transferring out of the District as a result of the decisions made to close schools in 2009? How does factoring in declining a birth rate impact these figures? Why does it make sense to outsource busing to save roughly $600,000 one time and increase spending a minimum of $428,100 annually? Especially at a time when state spending on schools is erratic at best and operating in deficit mode?


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