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Editorial: Good news as school year approaches

While there are plenty of students out there who probably do not want to hear it, it's time to start getting ready for the start of a new school year.

There is good news in both Farmington and Rosemount as the first day of classes approaches.

In Farmington, enrollment is higher than expected. And while the exact numbers are likely to change — families don't always announce it when they move out of the district, and it's possible some will still move in — the numbers look good. More students means more funding from the state of Minnesota, for one thing. It means more students in the classroom contributing to the educational experience. And maybe best of all it means more people are choosing to send their students to Farmington schools.

Maybe it's the result of the school district's iPad initiative and its focus on customizing education for every student. Maybe there was just a baby boom in Farmington. Whatever the case, it's good for the district.

In Rosemount and elsewhere in Independent School District 196 elementary school students are getting ready for the approaching school year at Camp Propel, a reimagined summer school program meant to give students a running start toward the first day of classes. Restructured and moved closer to the end of summer, the new program is meant to connect summer learning to the school year in a way the previous summer program did not really accomplish.

This is an exciting time of year. Fall sports practices are under way. Students and parents are stocking up on school supplies. We expect many more interesting stories to come from the schools in the months ahead.

Things are off to a good start already.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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