Here’s an open invitation to all Kingfield families who have been dreaming about a community school for our neighborhood. This invitation is for those of us who, at least sometimes, imagine our kids to be the attenders of this new school—whether our kids are in school yet or not.  Let’s meet in the King Park playground this Friday afternoon at 4:30 PM and let our kids play. We can meet each other, talk informally and see what transpires. It sounds like fun to me—and I think we could use a little more fun in the Changing School Options process.

Jenny Bordon, Kingfield, Lake Harriet, K & 3
612-827-1868/ jkbordon@aol.com 

 

If you are interested in viewing the Minneapolis Public Schools Board discussion and recommendation on the Changing Options Plan you can do so from your computer.  Go to http://mplsk12mn.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 and you will see a title for ‘Upcoming Events’.  Listed under this is this is ‘Discussion Meeting’ with today’s date.  At 5:50 next to the agenda, which is on the site currently, there will be a button that says “View Event”. If you click this you will be able to watch the meeting as it happens. 

To test that you have the correct software and it will view properly, you can link to one of the ‘Archived videos’ on the same page.  If the meeting shows correctly you can assume that it should work for you tonight.  If you have issues, you may need to download Microsoft Silverlight, which can be done from this page.

38th Intersection To Close May 11 The intersection of 38th and Lyndale is scheduled to be closed for up to 10 working days beginning May 11. The intersection needs to be closed in order to do utility work under and around the intersection. Detour signs will be posted during the closure.

For the latest updates on Lyndale Avenue reconstruction, check the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood’s Lyndale Project Page or the Transportation page of this website. Recent postings/updates include:

  • 38th Intersection to Close May 11
  • Bus Route Detours (Route 4)
  • Lyndale Parkway to 50th Construction Kickoff Meeting Held
  • Updated Activities At A Glance Construction Schedule

MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS | April 27, 2009

Objectives of comprehensive Changing School Options Plan: 

·         Get students closer to home to reduce transportation costs.

·         Reduce but maintain choice for families.

·         Ensure adequate program size for efficient use of limited resources
(24-25 classrooms and 3 kindergarten sections in an elementary school).

·         Maintain flexibility for growth.

·         Uphold commitments to the North Side Initiative.

To see the proposed chages visit  //kingfield.org/schools/changing_school_options_facts-09-4-27/

Welcome to Superintendent’s Spotlight – a periodic and brief e-newsletter from Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent Bill Green highlighting news and information about our schools and our students.
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On April 28, I will send a comprehensive plan to the Board of Education that seeks to create financial sustainability and build a new foundation for academic success. Changing School Options represents our best thinking after weighing all factors and competing values and priorities.

We face a $28 million budget shortfall that could potentially grow if state reductions occur. To make our academic vision a reality, we must realign our resources to keep more money in the classroom to serve students.

While change is never easy, this plan is necessary for us to achieve our vision of Every Child College Ready. We are seeking to make our schools better for the children of Minneapolis, and we will do everything in our power to serve them and to increase excellence in our schools. We have the experience to do this well. We are going to deliver.

Community engagement has been central to this work. We hosted more than 2,500 people at meetings in February, March and April. More than 1,200 responded to our online feedback form and more individuals contributed their thoughts through email. We thank all of these participants for their passion and commitment to helping us build a new foundation. Read more

Discussion held 4/22/09

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) brought leaders together to acknowledge and discuss opportunities and impacts of closing open areas in our area, with an interest in creating successful schools and neighborhoods.   The goal of the discussion is to start building relationships now, so we have a better idea of who to call once the District announces changes on April 28.  We hope to then be able to work together to bring information to our constituencies and continue building our relationships  so that when the changes are implemented we have a strong base to begin the 2010 school year with.

 

Notes from the discussion can be found here.

InnerCity Tennis will once again be providing summer tennis program for children and youth ages 6-17 in Minneapolis neighborhood parks, including MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South.

Children and youth may participate in this program an hour per day beginning June 17- July 17. Families are invited to register for the program at the tennis courts in each park from 9:00-11: am on Tuesday, June 16.

For questions, please contact info@innercitytennis.org or call 612-824-6099.

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