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Former School Board Chair, Richard Wolf has leveled a serious and personal allegation against PLSAS School Board candidates who are challenging incumbent Board members. He made the allegation in his letter to the editor of the Prior Lake American (Skeptical of PLSAS “change candidates,” Oct. 29).

Wolf’s letter states that “these candidates are backed by a political group associated with large monied groups in the state who are hostile to public education.” He also writes that these candidates “want public education students to learn only what this group desires.” Mr. Wolf offers no factual information to support his claim, but that’s not new for Wolf when attacking those with whom he disagrees.

While serving as Board Chair, Wolf launched a similar public attack against residents who were questioning the School District’s financial dealings with Nexus. In a letter to the editor of the Prior Lake American at that time, Wolf wrote that there was a group in town that “don’t want public education to succeed.” He went on to say “Don’t believe me? Check out their consultant,” and then named the consultant as “Paul Dorr” a nationally known critic of public education. With that kind of specific information from a School Board Chair, it sounded believable, but it was a flagrant lie.

Unfortunately, the Prior Lake American believed Wolf’s letter and put it online before someone contacted the American to advise them that Wolf’s accusation was false. To their credit, the American then pulled the letter from their website, and eliminated it from their print edition before it could do further damage in the community.

Wolf however, never apologized to those he had accused, nor did he offer any explanation regarding the basis for his fabricated story about a local group hiring an anti-education consultant.

For some in politics including some school board members, it has become an art form to censor or discredit the personal credibility of anyone who questions their decisions. However, a credible school board should welcome questions from parents, taxpayers and teachers. The tendency for some on the current PLSAS Board, to be evasive to those who raise legitimate questions about financial performance or teaching curricula, is why I support the change that Wolf adamantly opposes.

Wes Mader, Prior Lake

Last year School Superintendent Staloch, Finance Director Julie Cink and the Board aggressively promoted a $35 million tech levy referendum. Following their full-court press, less than 3,500 of the District’s over 30,000 registered voters showed up to vote yes. An obvious conclusion that can be drawn is that there is lack of public confidence in fiscal oversight and management by the District.

Of numerous issues contributing to lack of confidence, one that became most conspicuous was disclosure that Nexus Solutions, the District’s consultant had been paid $25 million since initially hired under rather questionable circumstances.

While questions were being raised about prior specific expenditures, like $426,511 that Finance Director Cink authorized for Nexus consultation on AstroTurf, the Board seemed disengaged. Serious questions regarding fiscal management went unanswered.

Declining student academic proficiency (based on MCA testing) also deserves action, not excuses.

While a convenient response is to blame COVID, let’s not be misled. Factual data clearly shows student academic proficiency in decline well before we even heard of COVID.

Taxpayers deserve a new School Board, willing and able to address fiscal issues in a forthright transparent manner. Parents deserve a Board willing to give them voice in the education of their children. Teachers deserve a Board that provides them time and resources to teach core subjects instead of controversial ideological topics. Voters can fix what’s gone wrong, by electing a new Board, accountable to parents, teachers and taxpayers.  

Wes Mader, 3348 Wood Duck Trail, Prior Lake, MN 55372

The Dakota County League of Women Voters hosted the Prior Lake Savage Area Schools ISD 719 School Board Candidate Forum on 10/12/22

If you missed the forum, you can watch it at the link below ⬇️ Thanks 🙏 🇺🇸 ⚖️ 🦅

https://savagetv.cityofsavage.com/CablecastPublicSite/show/1523?channel=2

PLYMOUTH, Minn. – Today Republican Minnesota Attorney General candidate Jim Schultz called on Attorney General Keith Ellison to denounce publicly Minneapolis Public Schools’ new teacher contract that provides for racial discrimination in connection with layoff decisions. The contract, which is currently facing legal challenge, is supported by Education Minnesota, who has endorsed Ellison.

“Racial discrimination of any kind in our schools is unlawful and immoral. Minnesota’s Attorney General must state this unequivocally and call for Minneapolis’s contract to be modified immediately.

“Keith Ellison is endorsed and supported by Education Minnesota – the teachers union that supports this disturbing discrimination. I, on the other hand, stand with parents, the many sensible teachers out there, and others who are tired of failing schools that are more focused on ‘woke’ policies than teaching our kids. We can embrace having diverse viewpoints in our schools without engaging in discrimination that is unconstitutional and morally repugnant.

“The question Minnesotans need to ask – does Keith stand with parents and the U.S. Constitution, or with the teachers union executives who support this discriminatory policy?”

About Jim Schultz:

Jim Schultz, a fifth-generation Minnesotan, grew up in the small town of South Haven, Minnesota. His first job was in middle school as a corn detasseler in the fields of Stearns County. From there, he worked as a dishwasher and as a farmhand throughout high school before attending St. Thomas for college. Jim then graduated from Harvard Law School before moving back to the Midwest to begin his career as an attorney in the private sector. Jim currently serves on the board of The Front Line Foundation, a nonprofit supporting police and other first responders. Jim and his wife live in the west metro and are the proud parents of three beautiful little girls. For more information, please visit https://JimForMNAG.com/.

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This was posted in Nextdoor by Heather Gould HR Scott County Business Partners

Elections Assistants (Temp)

Salary $15.00 Hourly

Location Shakopee, MN

Job Type Full Time Temporary

Division Community Services Division

Job Number 2022-00097

Closing Continuous

DESCRIPTION BENEFITS QUESTIONS

Job Summary

We are now turning our focus to the general election and our need for temporary staff to assist us with the many, many tasks that are involved in running an election – who knew that it wasn’t just showing up to vote?

Are you someone that is looking for a temporary position and is great with detail? We are looking for people to assist us with Elections this fall.

We are hiring for two different types of positions:

Election judges for absentee ballot board:

This will have an intermittent, rotating schedule. Ballot boards start the week of September 26th and, per statute, have to meet every 5th day, then every 3rd day, then we expand to every day as we get closer to election day. We may schedule more often depending on need, but this would be the minimum. Length of shift would depend on the amount of ballots we have to go through ballot board – it could be an hour, it could be 5 hours and right before the election it could be all day. Flexibility will be the key to success.

Ballot opening starts 1 week prior to the election so that would run November 1st – 8th .

These functions will be done in a conference room that is available for viewing by the public. Our goal is to improve transparency and attempt to remove some of the mystery around elections.

Party balance is required for election judges per MS 204B.19, Subd. 5

Staff for ballot drop sites:

Assistance is needed 9/26-11/7. Hours would be 8-4:30 Monday through Friday with the exception of Saturday November 5th (hours would be 10-3) and Monday November 7th (8-5).

Locations would be various city halls or libraries throughout Scott County.

The work would be clerical in nature (accepting ballots from voters, etc.) It will be in an office setting with high interaction with the public. This work is not able to be done from home.

Minimum Qualifications

Must be available the days and hours listed for the role applying for. Attention to detail is essential. If applying for an absentee ballot board election judge position must be 18 years of age and must be willing to disclose party affiliation.

Selection Process

Selection for this position will be based on a minimum qualifications screening and rating of training and experience. Top candidates will be forwarded to the hiring manager or supervisor for consideration for interview and/or additional assessments. Final selection will include a background check and approval by the County Board.

Agency Scott County (MN)

Address 200 4th Avenue West #201

Shakopee, Minnesota, 55379

Phone 952-496-8103

Website http://www.scottcountymn.gov