A new alternative learning center will open its doors in Farmington in 2019. And alternative it will be in more ways than one: Independent Intermediate School District 917 of Rosemount will run it. The ALC will be located at Instructional Services known by locals as the ISC building, 510 Walnut St. This was the original school in town and in recent years the building housed district staff. Farmington Superintendent Jay Haugen reported about the new ALC at the Monday, April 23, 2018, School Board meeting.
Farmington Mayor Todd Larson shared Farmington's progress with finances, partnerships, development and service delivery during the annual State of the City address. Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event Friday, April 20, that packed the City Hall council chamber. "Dakota County Chamber is a dynamic network of businesses and individuals designed to deliver economic opportunities for its members, and I am honored to have such a great business and civic community," said Maureen Scallen Failor, president of Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
FARMINGTON — Upgrades on the Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena are in the forecast. Farmington City Council approved moving forward to hire a consultant and potential architect during a work session on Monday, April 9. There is a 10-year capital projects plan for the arena that cover $2,242,000 in upgrades and repairs that are scheduled and staggered to take place from 2019 to 2028.
FARMINGTON — Response time is of the essence, so the Fire Department received approval Monday, April 16, to order new fire engine. Fire Chief Jason Elvestad presented the plan City Council to purchase a 2019 Pierce Impel PUC Pumper truck for $712,024. The purchase includes a 75 percent prepayment and trade in of the 1990 Ford L8000 tender fire truck. The deal includes additional equipment for $109,980, which will be paid from the fire capital equipment funds.
FARMINGTON — Redrawing school boundary lines for Farmington Public Schools is underway. Fourth- and seventh-grade students will stay at their current schools regardless of future boundary changes. This is one new desired result outlined in the district’s Guiding Change Boundary Change document. Jane Houska, district finance director, shared up update to the Farmington School Board meeting on April 9.
FARMINGTON — Students interested in pursuing careers in the business world or health care may be interested in an apprenticeship program coming to District 192. Next year Farmington High School will partner with the Prior Lake-Savage School District to offer an apprenticeship program for juniors and seniors through the new Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies. "We are teaching professional skills that are vital to the real world," said Erik Sill, coordinator with MN CAPS.
FARMINGTON — Rogue Robotics and Guillotine have fought competitively fierce this season. The Farmington High School team is going to the world championships April 25-28 in Detroit. Students say the robot is ready to compete against 400 others from across the globe. "We named him because he looked like a guillotine with scrap metal," senior Ashley Neurauter said. "I am so proud of all our team, the build team did all the framing and made it what it is," added the drive team captain, who plans to study electrical engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
FARMINGTON—City Council members debated the merits of a salary increase for mayor and themselves during an April 9 council work session. Discussion arose from a goal-setting workshop. David McKnight, city administrator, explained that the wages are part of the city code. Now the annual salary for the mayor at $8,040. Since 2009, City Council members have received $7,020. "I would think 1 percent per year increase on both sides, if we were going to go that route," Council member Katie Bernhjelm.
ROSEMOUNT — Adopted puppy Leo is a Shih Tzu who has stolen the hearts of one Rosemount family. Teja Choudhery, 23, she said always has had a tender heart for dogs, feeding homeless dogs in Mexico and India when she went on vacation with her family. Today she has taken that kindness and compassion to become a loyal foster parent. In fact, she has fostered 25 dogs via Second Hand Hounds. She connected with the Eden Prairie-based nonprofit through a college friend.
FARMINGTON — Educators are discussing real methods to improve school safety across the country with increasing gun violence on school campuses. Dr. Steven Geis, principal at North Trail Elementary, represented all principals as the president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Last month, Geis traveled to Washington, D.C., for the NAESP's strategic planning meeting.