With a string of Facebook photos Nov. 5, School District 197 thanked the community for voting to increase funding for technology and security initiatives. Similar requests failed in a special election in May. (Courtesy photo)
Steam behind stadium falls short at polls
The second time's the charm for School District 197.
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools will see a jump in funding starting next year, thanks to the around 10,000 voters who said "yes" to security upgrades and renewing and increasing the technology levy.
Mendota Heights, District 197 on board; city applies for "Mighty Ducks" grant
West St. Paul recently chalked up another goal in saving the city's ice arena. Mendota Heights and School District 197 each pledged $555,333, a third of the cost to revamp John V. Hoene Ice Arena.
West St. Paul hopes to partner with School District 197 and Mendota Heights to renovate John V. Hoene Arena, the home ice for the Henry Sibley High School Warriors. (Photo courtesy of the city of West St. Paul)
City hopes 197, Mendota Heights join the rush
Since 1971, the West St. Paul Arena, also known as the John V. Hoene Arena, has been the place to go for indoor ice skating in the southwest St. Paul area. But age — and new regulations — have propelled Hoene into a cooling crunch.
Some stadium supporters feel "betrayed" by decision
Because the District 197 referendum failed in May's special election, school leaders hope enthusiam for a new stadium at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights will help pass the vote this fall.
A committee presented a proposal for a Mendota Heights-based stadium at the District 197 School Board work session July 21, adding to the requests being considered for a referendum. The project would replace Charles Matson Field in West St. Paul, pictured above. (Kaitlyn Roby/Review)
New stadium added to list of considerations
Time is running out for the School District 197 board members to decide whether or not to bring a referendum to the voters this fall, after taking a hard loss in May’s special election.
Money would go to technology upgrades, new building
On May 6, School District 197 will be asking voters to approve a two-question tax-levy referendum that would improve technology, expand early learning and boost the district’s security systems.
Come January, 15-year-old students at Henry Sibley High School won’t be the only freshmen in the district.
Voters in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan elected three first-time members to the District 197 school board, while the sole incumbent candidate on the ballot collected the fewest votes.
It may not draw the same fanfare as last year’s presidential election, but Dakota County voters will soon be asked to bundle and head out to the polls to participate in everyone’s favorite exercise in democracy.
In Independent School District 197, which covers West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan, four candidates will compete for three open seats on the school board in the Nov. 5 election.