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Nov. 8 vote gives citizens a voice

Published 10:29am Friday, November 4, 2011

David Krenz
Austin Public Schools Superintendent, Guest Columnist


Over the past few months you have received a lot of information from the school district regarding our space needs and the process we followed in determining the need as well as finding the solutions.

As a matter of fact, I have had a couple of people tell me they are tired of hearing about it and hoped it would stop. I am glad these individuals shared that with me as it means we are communicating. We are working hard to let people know what is happening in their schools, the good and the not so good. Public schools belong to the public and information needs to be shared.

I believe that even though we try very hard to give the public opportunities to be a part of the decisions being made through task forces, site councils, surveys and committees, ultimately every citizen can have a say in the decisions at the ballet box. You have the opportunity to provide direction for the school district through your vote for the school board. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Austin Public Schools will be asking you to vote on the bond referendum and to fill four open board seats. Please take the time on Tuesday, Nov. 8, to vote. You should have received information on the polling places in a city/county/school district joint publication mailed to all residents last week. If you have additional questions, please contact our district office at 507-460-1900.


Breakfasts planed for Veterans Day

I would also like to take this opportunity to invite all veterans in our community to join our students for breakfast on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 a.m. Austin High School, Ellis Middle School and the four elementary schools are hosting breakfast in honor of Veterans Day. Breakfast consists of a cheese omelet, ham or sausage, potato triangle, toast, juice and coffee. Veterans should RSVP to the school secretary where they plan to dine by Wednesday, Nov. 9. Happy Veterans Day to all veterans.


2002 grad donates funding for mural

One last note, if you have driven by the high school in recent days, I’m sure you have noticed the beautiful collection of teacher and student photos on the south wall of Austin High School. This project was coordinated by AHS art teacher Lisa Beschnett. Lisa and many volunteers have worked hard to bring this project to life. The funding for this project was generously provided by 2002 AHS graduate and now famous author Amanda Hocking. A very special thank you to Amanda, to Lisa and to everyone involved.

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