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Proposed levy should not increase taxes for most
At its Sept. 22 meeting, the District 196 School Board approved a proposed property tax levy for 2014 (payable 2015) taxes that represents an increase of less than one-tenth of 1 percent over the current year's tax levy. For individual property owners in District 196, the school district portion of their total property tax bill should not increase for payable 2015 taxes, unless there was an increase in property valuation.
 
Ackland is Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Oak Ridge Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Brian Ackland has been selected the Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2014-15 by the Minnesota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. "(Brian) goes above and beyond to learn about students, focus of their strengths and celebrate progress," wrote Oak Ridge Principal Kris Scallon in support of Ackland's nomination."He is able to develop a positive relationship with any child, no matter the circumstances, and make a positive impact."
 
District students earned $2.5M in U of M credits
During the 2013-14 school year, District 196 high school students who participated in the College in the Schools (CIS) program earned a combined 5,476 college credits valued at more than $2.5 million, according to a value statement released by the University of Minnesota's CIS program.
 
Fifty-five seniors earn National Merit recognition
Fourteen District 196 high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program and another 41 are being recognized as National Merit commended students based on tests they took last year. The names of semifinalists and commended students in this 60th annual scholarship program were released Sept. 10 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
 
School Board buys land for transportation hub
At its regular meeting on Sept. 8, the School Board approved the purchase of 8.8 acres of farmland in Apple Valley to be the site of a new transportation hub facility that will eventually save the district up to $500,000 per year in reduced transportation costs. The site (pictured) is at the northeast corner of the intersection of Johnny Cake Ridge Road and Upper 147th Street, across from Uponor.
 
District tops nation-leading state ACT average
District 196 high school students scored more than a full point higher than the nation-leading Minnesota average on the ACT college admissions test in 2014, according to results released Aug. 20. The District 196 average composite score was 24.1, compared to a state average of 22.9 and national average of 21.0.
 
Wallin named girls' golf Coach of the Year
Rosemount High School Girls' Golf Head Coach Barry Wallin was named Class AAA Girls' Golf Coach of the Year for 2014 by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. In June, Wallin's team won the Section 3AAA tournament and finished fifth in the team competition at state. Wallin has taught math at Rosemount High since 1984 and has been the varsity head coach for girls' golf since 1991. This is his second state Coach of the Year honor, the first coming in 2009.
 

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