Education briefs for the week of April 21

State Speech Tournament at AVHS
Apple Valley High School will host the 2017 Minnesota State High School League State Speech Tournament April 21-22.

Class AA will compete on April 21 and Class A on April 22.

Schedule for both days: 9:45 a.m., draws for round 1; 10:15 a.m., round 1 for all events; 11:15 a.m., draws for round 2; 11:45 a.m., round 2 for all events; 12:45 p.m., draws for round 3; 1:15 p.m., round 3 for all events; 3 p.m., draws for final round; 3:30 p.m., championship round for all events; 5:30 p.m., awards ceremony.

The tournament is free and open to the public. Results will be posted on the MSHSL website, www.mshsl.org.

Cedar Park playground fundraiser
The Cedar Park PTO is sponsoring Pancakes for a Playground 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, to raise $10,000 for a new playground at Cedar Park Elementary STEM School in Apple Valley.

The pancake breakfast will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 150th St. W., Apple Valley.

The menu includes pancakes with sprinkles, whipped cream, butter, syrup, strawberries, sausage, juice and coffee.

Cost is $4 for ages 0-11 and $6 for ages 12 and older. Extra tax-deductible donations will be accepted at the door.

Lakeville schools receive mental health grant
Lakeville Area Public Schools has been awarded a $29,899 mental health grant from the PrairieCare Child & Family Fund. Lakeville is one of six school districts selected to receive grant funding to create programs to help educate and support school staff working with kids and families with mental health conditions.

This is the first series of grant funding awarded by the PrairieCare Child & Family Fund. The nonprofit’s purpose is to support mental health innovations in education, services and research.

The awarded districts will be finalizing the development of their programs this spring. Programs will be implemented in the fall for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

District 194 School Board
Following is the agenda for the 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, special meeting of the District 194 School Board at Crystal Lake Education Center.

1. Preliminary Actions
a. Call to Order
b. Roll Call and Board Introductions
2. Interviews of Superintendent Candidates
a. Ann Schultz
b. Roger Rindo
c. Jeffrey Holmgren
d. Michael Baumann
3. Discussion
a. Next steps in selection process
4. Adjournment

Following is the agenda for the 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 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. Wire Transfers and Investments
f. Change Orders
g. Bid Awards
h. Other Business Matters
i. Resolution Regarding Acceptance of Gift Donations
j. Field Trips
k. Hwy 50 ROW Acquisition Offer Acceptance/Counter Offer
l. Resolution Regarding Board Committees
3. Consent Agenda Discussion Items
4. Reports
a. EML Educators of Excellence Winners – Dr. McDonald/Mr. Sinner
b. Recognition of Don Sinner receiving Peterson-Schaubach Award – Dr. McDonald
c. Recognition of Mary Zilge in top 11 MN Teacher of the Year Finalists – Dr. McDonald
d. FY 18 Budget Update – Mr. Baumann
5. Recommended Actions
6. Additions to Agenda
7. Information
a. Superintendent’s Report
b. Board Members Reports
8. Adjournment

Following is the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, special meeting of the District 194 School Board at Lakeville City Hall.

1. Preliminary Actions
a. Call to Order
b. Roll Call and Board Introductions
2. Discussion
a. Education Minnesota Lakeville (EML) Meet & Confer
3. Adjournment

Deadline for Nick Sotis Memorial Scholarship is April 21
The Prior Lake Players are accepting applications for the 2017 Nick Sotis Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with a strong theatrical background who either attend Prior Lake High School or have participated in a past Prior Lake Players production. The scholarship award value is up to $1,000. Deadline to apply is April 21. Visit http://plplayers.org/about-us/nick-sotis-scholarship/ for more details.