Education briefs for the week of July 7

Rosemount students vie in national debate tournament
Both of Rosemount High School’s entries qualified for elimination rounds at the 2017 National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament.

Senior Andrew Sauvageau and junior Michael Stefanko placed in the top 40 in the policy debate event.

Junior Jason Senthil placed in the top 90 in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

In both events, students debated six preliminary rounds, with two judges in each round. Debaters must win at least eight of those 12 ballots to qualify for elimination rounds. After preliminaries, the qualifying entries debate for three-judge panels in a double-elimination format.

In policy debate, which is a two-person team event, Sauvageau and Stefanko won nine ballots and were the only team from Minnesota to emerge from the preliminary rounds.

They won 2-0 decisions over teams from Kansas, Oregon, and Illinois, and split the ballots in rounds against teams from Texas, California, and Missouri.

In their first elimination round, they won a 3-0 decision against North Lamar, Texas. Rosemount then dropped consecutive split decisions to Corpus Christi, Texas, and Brophy Prep School of Arizona.

In Lincoln-Douglas debate, Senthil won eight ballots and was one of four Minnesota debaters to reach elimination rounds.

He won 2-0 decisions against debaters from Texas, Missouri, California, and Kansas.

He lost preliminary rounds to debaters from Arizona and Illinois.

In his first elimination debate, Senthil lost a split decision to another debater from Kansas, and then went out of the tournament on a 3-0 loss to Cypress Bay, Florida.

This was the first Nationals for Sauvageau and Senthil.

Stefanko qualified and reached elimination rounds in policy debate last year with a different partner. Next year he will seek to become the first Rosemount policy debater to qualify three times.

Senthil was the first Rosemount Lincoln-Douglas debater to reach elimination rounds at Nationals, and next year he will try to become the first to qualify twice in his event.

Rosemount has now qualified for Nationals eight consecutive years, and 25 times over the full history of the program.

District 194 School Board
Following is the agenda for the 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, regular meeting of the District 194 School Board at Lakeville City Hall.

1. Preliminary Actions
a. Call to Order
b. Pledge of Allegiance
c. Roll Call and Board Introductions
d. Good News
e. Public Comment
f. Board Communications
g. Agenda Additions
h. Approval of Agenda
2. Consider Approval of Consent Agenda
a. Board Minutes
b. Employment Recommendations, Leave Requests and Resignations
c. Other Personnel Matters
d. Payment of Bills & Claims
e. Change Orders
f. Bid Awards
g. Other Business Matters – Authorization to Release Checks
h. Resolution Regarding Acceptance of Gift Donations
i. Field Trips
j. Milk Supply Bids
k. Membership in Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce 2017-18
l. Membership in MN School Board Association 2017-18
m. AMSD Membership 2017-18
n. Minnesota State High School League Membership 2017-18
o. Designate the Identified Official with the Authority to Authorize User Access to Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
3. Consent Agenda Discussion Items
4. Reports
a. LTFM (Long Term Facilities Maintenance Plan) 2 & 10 Year Plan – Ms. Guyette
5. Recommended Actions
a. FY17 Budget Adjustments – Mr. Baumann
6. Additions to Agenda
7. Information
a. Superintendent’s Report
b. Board Members Reports
8. Adjournment