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Voters on Tuesday approved a far-reaching plan to reconfigure school buildings across the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale district. The $275 million borrowing plan will finance two new school buildings and seven expansions while closing four existing buildings. The district said 61 percent of voters and all but one precinct supported the bond election.
MINNEAPOLIS - A lawyer, business school dean and South Carolina provost will be the first woman to lead the University of Minnesota as president. The Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday, Dec. 18, to name Joan Gabel its 17th president. “Right after she interviewed, I knew it was going to be her,” said Steve Sviggum, one of three regents to serve on the search committee.
MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota leaders plan to ask the Legislature for an additional $87 million next biennium with no promises for how they'll spend it. That would represent a 6.7 percent increase to the two-year, $1.3 billion base appropriation the U regularly gets from the state. "We think it's attainable," Finance Vice President Brian Burnett said.
ST. PAUL — Between March and November last year, the co-founders of McNally Smith College of Music loaned the school $1.33 million in a failed attempt to keep the St. Paul school in business. That's according to filings in two bankruptcy cases — one for the school and another for Jack McNally personally. The for-profit college's gross income, records show, fell from $10.6 million in 2016 to $9.6 million a year later amid declining enrollment and increases in tuition discounts.
The University of Minnesota rec center and nearby roads are closed Monday morning for what the U is calling a “public safety emergency.” Students awoke to safety alert phone calls before 6 a.m. Monday. The U said they’ve closed the rec center and roads near the Graduate Hotel, formerly the Commons Hotel, on the East Bank Minneapolis campus. They’re asking people to stay away from those areas. University police chief Matt Clark said police have been talking with a person in a hotel room with two other people.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota State system will consider overhauling its tuition and fee policy in response to the growing number of students taking classes from multiple schools at once. Chief financial officer Laura King told the board of trustees on Wednesday that the system hasn't substantially updated the policy since it was written in 2000. She said it hasn't kept pace with enrollment trends, which include dual and hybrid models.
A report alleged that Randy Handel, the associate athletics director of development and a Woodbury resident, sexually harassed another employee in the athletics department.
ST. PAUL—A St. Paul school administrator accused of stealing from her Wisconsin church has resigned her job after a 19-week period of paid administrative leave. St. Paul Public Schools placed Kara Amundson on leave Aug. 24 after the St. Croix County sheriff's office notified the district about the criminal investigation, human resources director Laurin Cathey said.