Incumbents face one challenger in District 196 race

Angrimson wants higher teacher pay

D196 office

Incumbents in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board race will face only one challenger this November.

Apple Valley resident Craig Angrimson filed for candidacy this week along with incumbents Art Coulson, Gary Huusko and Mike Roseen. The four contenders will face off for three four-year term seats on the District 196 School Board.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do all my life,” Angrimson, 57, said. “The community has given me so much. I felt it was time to give back.”

He added that he hopes to provide a new perspective to the board.

The father of a 16-year-old Eastview High School junior, Angrimson said he believes District 196 is a strong school district but could improve in some areas.

Specifically, Angrimson said he hopes to push for pay increases for district teachers.

“The teachers in 196 are great, but I think they aren’t taken care of the way they should be,” he said.

Angrimson noted that district teachers incurred pay freezes for several years, and commended Superintendent Jane Berenz for accepting a freeze along with them.

If elected, Angrimson said he will work to ensure teachers receive equitable wages.

Angrimson said he believes his experience as president of the Local 35 International Union of Operating Engineers will provide an edge in negotiating with educator unions.

An increased tax levy referendum is one of the ways Angrimson said he believes the district can provide pay increases to teachers.

Angrimson said he supports the district’s $30 million levy referendum, which will also be on the ballot in November. He said he would support a higher increase than the $10 million that would be added to $20 million in  levy renewals.

An Apple Valley resident for 21 years, Angrimson said it was District 196’s reputation that brought him to the community.

“It’s rated high in education and arts, and it seems every year it has a (Minnesota) teacher of the year,” he said.