Superintendent Search Process
Superintendent Robert Laney announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2018, and the School Board formally accepted Mr. Laney's retirement letter at the meeting on November 15, 2017. The School Board contracted with School Exec Connect to assist with the search for a new superintendent. At the School Board meeting on Tuesday, February 20, School Exec Connect presented six recommended candidates to the School Board. The School Board completed first round interviews and selected three finalists.
St. Anthony Middle School Student wins several Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards
Congratulations to Fina Mooney, a student at St. Anthony Middie School, who won several Minnesota Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (MSAA) at the 2018 program. Mooney secured eight Gold Keys, 1 Silver Key, and 2 Honorable Mentions for her visual art work and 1 Silver Key for her writing. The 2018 MSAA program is organized and administered by the Art Educators of Minnesota.
State ExCEL Award Recipient
Stuart Scamehorn, a junior at St. Anthony Village High School, was recognized as a 2018 Minnesota ExCEL Award recipient. Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, the ExCEL Award highlights students in eleventh grade who demonstrate Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership. Scamehorn will be featured on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) during the broadcasts of the 2018 winter sports state tournaments.
Greg Truso Nominated as 2018 Teacher of the Year
Greg Truso, a second grade teacher at Wilshire Park Elementary School, was nominated and is a candidate for the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Sponsored by Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and celebrates excellence in teaching. Mr. Truso has been teaching at Wilshire Park since 2011.
Certificate of Excellence for Seventh Consecutive Year
For the seventh consecutive year, St. Anthony-New Brighton School District has received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). In a letter to Superintendent Laney, Susan Lambert, Recognition Programs Manager, shared, "Congratulations to your district on receiving ASBO International’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting. Your participation in the COE program for 7 years is a testament to your district’s commitment to financial transparency."
Senator Klobuchar Visits Wilshire Park
Senator Klobuchar visited Wilshire Park to congratulate students and staff on becoming a 2017 Blue Ribbon School. Students and staff were excited to welcome Senator Klobuchar this afternoon. The Senator toured the building with Principal Kari Page, visited classrooms, talked with students and teachers and congratulated all for their hard work on becoming a Blue Ribbon School.
Construction Begins at Wilshire Park
St. Anthony-New Brighton School District held a special election on September 7, 2017, and voters approved a ballot question to expand Wilshire Park Elementary School. A groundbreaking was held on Monday, October 30 on the west side of Wilshire Park Elementary School and construction began the week of November 20, 2017. The addition includes classrooms, gymnasium, expanded cafeteria, bathrooms, larger media center, and a secured entrance at Wilshire Park Elementary School. Construction updates will be posted here.
Superintendent Laney Announces Retirement
After 39 years in education, Superintendent Robert Laney has announced his plan to retire on June 30, 2018. The School Board formally accepted Mr. Laney's retirement letter at the Board meeting on November 15, 2017. Mr. Laney has served as Superintendent of St. Anthony-New Brighton School District since 2012. In retirement, Mr. Laney plans to spend more time with his wife Susan, their two children Molly and Drew, and granddaughter Peyton Marie.
Roger Bjorklund Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Roger Bjorklund, who served as Band Director at St. Anthony Village High School from 1961 to 1991, was recognized with the 2017 Butch Dufault Memorial award--a Youth In Music Hall of Fame award for Lifetime Achievement in Music and the Marching Arts. Chris Ravndal, St. Anthony Middle School Band Director, presented the award to Roger Bjorklund and is pictured with Bjorklund's daughter Lori Gullickson.
Wendy Webster Receives the Community Educator of Excellence Award
The purpose of the award is to honor a Community Educator annually from each of the nine Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) regions. The person selected is representative of the excellence in leadership found in MCEA members, exhibits a willingness to take risks, possesses strong communications skills, is a progressive change agent, and has high expectations for self and others.
Wilshire Park Elementary School is a 2017 Blue Ribbon School
Wilshire Park Elementary School was one of eight Minnesota schools selected as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Wilshire Park was nominated as an Exemplary High Performing School by the Minnesota Department of Education. Principal Kari Page explained in a staff meeting on September 29, 2017, "Schools that receive the award for exemplary performance achieve at higher rates than other schools."