Testimonials

What Parents, Students, Teachers, Community Leaders, and Board Members Say

CAREER-FOCUSED

“What we really need are students who can graduate from these schools and … have those skills that they can take into the workplace. We know college is great for some students, but it's not necessarily for everybody. What's great about this proposal is the focus on career training.” 

Joe Atkins, County Commissioner


“The Simley High SchCareer Focusedool EMR-EMT program kept me in school and provided me with a pathway for future career education. Without a program like this I may not have finished high school and I would not be on the path I am currently on — going to Inver Hills Community College in the Emergency Medical Services program.” 

Randall Brewer, Simley Class of 2017 Graduate


“I am a 15-year resident of Inver Grove Heights and my children attend Inver Grove Heights Schools. Our oldest child started college this fall and is pursuing a degree in Global Business. Fortunately, college level courses are available at Simley High School. The district's career and college programs provided our oldest with a head start on education after high school.”

Amy Patnode, Parent of Simley Class of 2017 Graduate


“We train paramedics and emergency medical technicians. People have become firefighters, work in ambulances. Students that start in the program at Simley segue into our program over at Inver Hills Community College. The programs work together to put students out in the workforce faster.”

Tim Wynes, President of Inver Hills Community College and Dakota County Technical College

College ReadyCOLLEGE-READY

“My wife Jan and I have lived in Inver Grove Heights for more than four decades. We have seen this community expand and grow. Our school district, District 199, is a shining example of how this growth occurred. It is an excellent system, and in many ways, it is special." 

Paul Anderson, Former MN Supreme Court Justice


“The career and college readiness program we are currently working on with South St. Paul and West St. Paul shows that we are serious about offering what students need in the most efficient way possible. Schedules and transportation do not need to be barriers for opportunities to learn a new trade or join in a mentorship program.”

Cindy Nordstrom, School Board Member

COMPETITIVE

“If you're going to compete against students from around the world, you've got to have up-to-date technology. You've got to have up-to-date textbooks. Folks understand that there's state funding for schools, but they also need to understand that the state funding hasn't kept up. Not even close with inflation.”

Joe Atkins, County Commissioner


“We have always done our best for our kids with what we are provided by the community. We strive to keep costs low for the taxpayer. While other districts are asking to increase above a level four times higher than ours, our request would still have us at the second lowest level [of funding per pupil] in the entire area." 

Paul Mandell, School Board Member


CommunitySTRONG COMMUNITY

“Strong schools = strong communities is something most everyone can agree on. Our referendum goal is for IGH Schools to remain financially stable while offering the best means to educate and prepare our kids for the future and keep our community strong.”

Sue Gliva, School Board Member


MENTAL HEALTH

“Statistically speaking one in seven children suffer from a mental illness. Those behaviors that come from those mental health diagnoses can really impact the classroom. When we have that magnitude of children with these mental health diagnoses coming into our classroom, we need to be able to serve them and help them be successful.”

Katherine Snyder, Special Education Emotional Behavioral Disorders Teacher


TEXTBOOKS

“Our chemistry textbooks are very, very outdated so we really don't necessarily use them that often and our teachers have to go out of their way to find other resources for us to actually have updated information.”

Guresi Menna, Simley PSEO Student

FURNISHINGS

“Classroom furnishings are more than desks and chairs. In my classroom, I use furnishings as part of the learning process to help students focus and to personalize learning so every student can reach their potential regardless of their work or learning style.”

LaKeisha Greenwood, Teacher Salem Hills Elementary


“I graduated in 1989. I walk in the science rooms now in 2017 and I'm seeing the stuff that I used for the experiments. The lessons have changed, but it's still the same facility.”

Will Short, Athletics Director


EquipmentMUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

“There are instruments that we're teaching our students on that are so old and so fragile at this point - we're constantly replacing pieces and parts. We have a budget for that that's pretty much down to zero.”

Will Short, Activities Director


"At the middle school, we have students playing on vintage horns that are over 30 years old. The elementary instrument inventory is as old as the middle school’s. Thanks to the awesome work at Midwest Band Instrument Repair and the district's commitment to fund the repair service, we have been able to get by. It’s time to look at replacing some of the horns, but each instrument bids out between $2,000-$6,000."

Paul Peterson, Inver Grove Heights Middle School Band Director


BOARD MEMBERS

“Strong schools = strong communities is something most everyone can agree on. Our referendum goal is for IGH Schools to remain financially stable while offering the best means to educate and prepare our kids for the future and keep our community strong.”

Sue Gliva, School Board Member


“This referendum is important to me, not only as a school board member, but as a parent of children who are pre-K. I want them to live in a school district that gives them all the tools they need to succeed from the beginning.”

Rachel Hanson, School Board Member


Up-to-date equipment“We have always done our best for our kids with what we are provided by the community. We strive to keep costs low for the taxpayer. While other districts are asking to increase above a level four times higher than ours, our request would still have us at the second lowest level [of funding per pupil] in the entire area.

Paul Mandell, School Board Member


“The career and college readiness program we are currently working on with South St. Paul and West St. Paul shows that we are serious about offering what students need in the most efficient way possible. Schedules and transportation do not need to be barriers for opportunities to learn a new trade or join in a mentorship program.”

Cindy Nordstrom, School Board Member


“Our school district has been very efficient in its spending. We are committed to ensuring success for ALL of our students. ”

Sherry Warrick, School Board Member


“We’ve been deficit spending for three years, and reduced our budget by $1.5 million this year. We’re proposing to increase revenue through these two bond levies so we can avoid future cuts, maintain class sizes, and increase investment in career and college ready programming for students.”

Matt Schaefer, School Board Chair