Author: Isaac Kerry

The Eden Prairie School Board voted Monday night to bring two funding referendums before city voters in this November’s election. One referendum would renew the technology levy that is set to expire in 2025. The other would seek to renew and increase the operating levy that is also set to expire in 2025. The technology levy is currently used to support the school district’s technology infrastructure. This includes student devices, classroom technologies, and training for teachers. The language approved by the board Monday night would renew the levy at the same level it was passed in 2013. This would result…

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Twenty-two seventh and eighth graders from Central Middle School attended the State National History Day competition the week of April 18. On May 1, the winners were announced, and six of the eighth-grade students will be advancing to the national competition in June. This is the highest number of students Eden Prairie has ever sent there. The first National History Day was held in 1980. Each year over 500,000 students from across the country compete by creating academic research projects. Each year has its own theme. The 2021-2022 contest asked students to pursue research centered around the idea of “Debate…

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The cast of Central Middle School’s spring musical had a unique opportunity this year: the chance to perform the inaugural play in the new Performing Arts Center. After giving four performances last week, students and teachers agreed that the new space was a game-changer. “Our old stage could only seat 250 people on folding chairs,” said Lauren Scherer, a seventh grade science teacher at CMS and choreographer for the show. “The room actually projected audio backwards — sometimes people on the stage could hear the audience better than the audience could hear them.” Scherer said kids on the crew had…

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Eden Prairie Schools Superintendent Josh Swanson recommended that the school board prepare referendums renewing both the district’s technology and operating levies for this November’s election. Additionally, Swanson recommended the board support increasing the operating levy from $1,642 per pupil unit to $1,899 per pupil unit. This would result in approximately a $7.50 per month increase in taxes on a house valued at $430,000. Those recommendations occurred during the Monday, April 25, Eden Prairie School Board meeting. Swanson stated that this expanded funding would be used to offset the impact inflation is causing and allow the schools to continue the education…

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A food donation box at a local school. Photo courtesy of Dominic Kirkpatrick “Strengthening Our Community” is the theme of the inaugural Union Week for the Eden Prairie Education Association (EPEA) and its counterpart, the Eden Prairie Preschool Education Association (EPPEA). The week, from April 18-22, involves not only events for members to learn about the union and its initiatives, but also two events aimed at helping the broader community. Educators at all levels in Eden Prairie Schools are contributing to a food drive to help PROP’s Summer Food for Kids Program. Dominic Kirkpatrick, president of the EPEA, stressed that…

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The EPHS Science Olympiad varsity team. Photo courtesy of Katie Foley Eden Prairie High School’s Science Olympiad team placed third in March at the State Tournament. The EPHS team won regionals but was unable to defend its state victory from last year. Wayzata ended up taking first place, followed closely by Mounds View. Science Olympiad is a rigorous competition that pits students against a variety of scientific challenges. There are 23 different events covering a broad range of scientific disciplines. These include standard subjects such as Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, and Chemistry Lab, to more adventurous events such as Codebusters,…

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Bus transportation will be free for all Eden Prairie School District students beginning in the fall of 2022. District officials announced this change during the March 28 school board meeting. Currently, students who live within two miles of their school need to pay for busing. The existing rate is $175 per student with a family cap of $295. The new policy will remove all distance requirements and allow any Eden Prairie student to ride for free. Families have not always had to pay for student transportation. The current policy began in 2012 as a budget-saving measure. Currently, about 600 families…

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The Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) has hired Isaac Kerry as its education reporter. Isaac Kerry with his two daughters. Isaac primarily covers the Eden Prairie School District. But, he will also occasionally write stories about other schools in Eden Prairie, such as The International School of Minnesota, Hennepin Technical College, and PiM Arts High School. He moved here in 2019 with his wife and two daughters. They love the community so far and look forward to exploring it more in a pandemic-free world. Isaac has been a stay-at-home dad for the past nine years. In addition to full-time dad duties,…

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