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Independent School District 191A 1976 Burnsville Current photo of a School Board meeting.
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16 teachers prepare to retire 2016The Savage Pacer June 13, 2016 interview a number of the 16 long time school district teachers who retired in 2016.
Included were: Leanne Banks, Mark Challgren, Mary Hatrick, Jean Jaeger, Linda Lange, Roely Lawrence, Mark Mraz, Charlene Ostendorf,
and Jane Wegleitner. Mentioned, but not interviewed were - Marilee McLaughlin, Beth Wsterhouse, Lynn Pauly, Terry Walters, Diane Miller and Pam Hauer. (4 pages).
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District 191 Health Services 2017 -2018District 191 brochure outlining the Health Services provided in each of the schools.
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1957 Independent School District 191 School BoardFront row - Rose Kyllo, Eleanor Caspersen, Dorothy Studer
Back row- Joseph Adelman, Herbert Lundberg, Pat Connelly, James Kelleher and John Metcalf.
1960_enrollment.pdf
Over 1000 students expected, 1960 school yearThe Minnesota Valley Review reports that there will be some changes made this fall as youngsters living in Savage, Burnsville, Glendale and Eagan wend their way back to school.

For one thing there will be a lot more students, some 1000 in all, when the school doors open September 6.
1963_school_facts.pdf
School District 191 facts year 1963Information about the School District prepared prior to a September 1964 vote.
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Burnsville Cheerleaders1964 Newspaper clipping of Burnsville's Cheerleaders.
1969_school_profile.pdf
District schools open September 2 with 7,034 students 1969August 28, 1969 Dakota County Tribune reports that September 2, 1969 is the first day of school and School District 191 expects 7034 students to attend ten different schools including Rahn Elementary in Eagan, opening this year.
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Weekly school lunch menu 1978Each week the community newspaper published the school lunch menu for the following week. Since Burnsville was served by multiple school districts, both Burnsville and Rosemount are listed.
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Independent School District 191 Board of Education 1981 - 1982The 1981 - 1982 Independent School District's Annual Report to the Community includes photos of Board of Education members:

Daniel Cybyske (chair), Frances Potts (clerk), Gladys Scheunemann (treasurer) and directors Robert Alpers, Richard Bonin, John Coskran and Phyllis Evans.
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First Day of School 20172017 First Day of School, random photos compliments of School District 191.
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Diamondhead Education Center The Diamondhead Education Center off Burnsville Parkway 2019.
2011_2012_area_schools.pdf
2011 - 2012 City of Burnsville Residents GuidePage 19 of the Guide addresses: Burnsville being served by three school districts - and a listing of the schools.
2011_police_and_school.pdf
District 191 teachers get their own police academy 2011April 25, 2011 St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that once a week Burnsville, Eagan and Savage teachers are playing students during a teachers academy effort by the Burnsville and Savage police....
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Braves - What's in a name?After many years of area students commuting to the various buildings to attend school, Burnsville senior high school became a reality in 1956. Until then our athletic teams have been called the "Black Dogs". With the move to the senior high our logo was changed to the "Braves".

Now, 21 years later, another change is seriously being considered. The controversy started when Kennedy H.S. featured the slogan "Burn the Braves" at their 1976 homecoming. Buttons featured an Indian burning at the stake.

Answering complaints, Kennedy argued that the word "Braves" naturally suggested savagery. Indeed, the dictionary describes a "brave" as "a North American Indian warrior".

Our logo support that image; warm-ups have a warrior on them and the letter jackets have a chief. The negative connotations not only anger Native American groups but feminist — as the chief/warrior logo excludes females. For these reasons, the local committee is discussing a change. It would take approximately 5 years to phase out the Braves name and be replaced. School colors, black and gold, would remain the same. But given the arguments, time and cost can't be considered.

(source: 1978 KOTA Yearbook)
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Burnsville High SportsWorkout area at the newly expanded Burnsville High School. Photo compliments of School District 191.
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Burnsville High School Theatre Guild The Music Man 2017 presentation at Burnsville High School. Photo compliments of School District 191.
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Burnsville school bus 2017Burnsville Schools bus - 2017. Photo compliments of School District 191.
2017_School_levy_vote.pdf
School District 191 Referendum vote Nov 7, 2017On November 7, 2017 residents in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be asked to vote on two school funding requests - renewing an existing operating levy and increasing that operating levy. The increase in question 2 can only be approved if voters first approve the renewal in question 1. These are the Information pieces created by the School District to encourage a Yes vote. The materials were published in three languages: English, Spanish and Somali which are -- by far -- the top three languages most spoken by families from among the 80 or so languages they do speak.
2017_technology_at_schools.pdf
Teachers receive Chromebooks 2017The School District reports April 25, 2017 that nearly 180 middle school teachers received Chromebooks as part of Vision One91 and the district's plan to increase classroom technology. All middle school students will receive the same devices before the start of school.
2018_retiring_dist_191_staff.pdf
Saying goodbye, District 191 retirees 2018The Savage Pacer May 19, 2018 profiles a number of the staff members from the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District who will retire.
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Independent School District 191 School BoardIndependent School District 191 - School Board 2018 - 2019.The board members are (back row, left to right) Jen Holweger, Scott Hume, Eric Miller, Darcy Schatz, (front row, left to right) Abigail Alt, DeeDee Currier and Leslie Chester.

2019_job_description.pdf
Superintendent School District 191 job description 2019The job posting for a new superintendent for Independent School District 191 to be filled in 2019.
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Apple Valley High School 2020A portion of Burnsville, based on their location, attends Apple Valley High School.
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Apple Valley High School 2020A portion of Burnsville, based on their location, attends Apple Valley High School.
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Apple Valley High School 2020A portion of Burnsville, based on their location, attends Apple Valley High School.
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School District 191 Administration Building Food programFood Pantry program at School District 191 Administration Building.
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School District 191 Administration BuildingFloor Plan of the School District 191 administration building on Burnsville Parkway. This is the former Diamondhead Mall.
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Qorsho Hassan2020 BU MN Teacher of the year Qorsho Hassan

A Burnsville elementary school teacher was named the 2020 Teacher of the Year on Thursday by Education Minnesota.
Qorsho Hassan was named the 2020 Teacher of the Year on Aug. 6 by Education Minnesota. (Courtesy of Education Minnesota)

Qorsho Hassan is a fourth-grade teacher at Echo Park Elementary School in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District.

“It means a lot,” Hassan said of the award. “It’s very validating.”


“They are the reason I was selected as the recipient (of the Teacher of the Year award) and are my why,” she said.

Growing up in Ohio as a Muslim girl of Somali descent, Hassan said she faced a lot of Islamophobia in school and didn’t see herself reflected in the teachers she had.

“I didn’t have a representative teacher, and I just always yearned to teach others and kind of be what I needed when I was growing up,” she said.

In November, Hassan was also recognized as a “Topnotch Equity Leader” by Kinect Education Group.

Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers union, selected Hassan in April as one of 10 finalists for the Teacher of the Year award from a field of 134 nominees.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, who was a teacher himself before entering politics, congratulated Hassan on Twitter Thursday night.

“Thank you for ensuring each and every student that enters your classroom can have a bright future and an opportunity to succeed,” Walz wrote.
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