I would like to offer my support for both ISD 197 referendum questions on the May 6 ballot. The funding that is requested for building dedicated early childhood space (question 2) to address crowding in the elementary schools is both necessary and prudent.
For less than $5 per month for a $200,000 home, we can renew and increase our technology levy, alleviate crowding in our elementary schools by building an Early Learning Center and upgrade security at our schools.
I’m concerned about electronic-cigarette usage and the threat it poses to our community’s health. E-cigarettes are currently not regulated by the FDA and are not included in most city tobacco ordinances.
There is a long-term Robert Street Improvement Plan (RSIP) in West St. Paul that will be putting medians down the center, but only one stoplight and one additional crosswalk is included at Crusader Avenue and Robert Street (by Petco and Baker’s Square.)
My family members served the South St. Paul police department with distinction with service time totaling over 100 years. As a result, I was fortunate enough to witness the first female officer in South St. Paul history be hired, the first African American, two Native Americans, and the first of two Hispanic officers be hired, and recently, the first female Native American/Hispanic promoted to the supervisory role of sergeant.