Friday, December 21, 2012
Ossie Brooks-James was principal since 1997.
For the last 12 years, students at Lyndale Community School have passed through under the watchful eyes of Principal Ossie Brooks-James. Now, according to the Southwest Journal, the 35-year veteran of the Minneapolis Public Schools is hanging up her hat. Under Brooks-James' leadership, Lyndale became known as one of the hidden jewels of the district's schools, helping even students who came in behind grade level to make significant academic growth, and in so doing helping close the achievement gap. That strength—along with hard work by some of the school's families—has helped win over many of the school's better-off neighbors. The school serves families from Kingfield, East Harriet, Lyndale, and part of CARAG. Brooks-James told the Journal…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Kingfield Councilmember recognizes neighborhood leaders with awards.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Sanna
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday morning, City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden honored several constituents for their leadership in the community. Longtime human rights activist Doris Christopher topped the list of recipients for her role in helping lead the Building bridges group and in bringing author and NPR reporter Michelle Noris to speak as part of One Minneapolis, One Read. The 83-year-old Central resident also got plaudits for organizing a monthly multi-cultural book club at the Hosmer Library. Business leader Evette McCarthy was awarded for her neighborhood leadership. One nominator described her as a “kind and thoughtful person who treats everyone with respect and when faced with challenging neighborhood concerns, handles them with dignity and grace.” …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The district's restructuring plan has drawn sharp criticism and scrutiny from Ramsey insiders.
A group of parents and teachers representing Ramsey International Fine Arts Center, critical of a proposal to move them across the district to make way for a new middle school, have a list of demands for winning their support. They presented this list Tuesday night to Minneapolis Public Schools board members, who see the new middle school as necessary as part of a larger, $42.1 million plan to address crowding in many parts of the city. Among the demands put forth by the Ramsey coalition are advance approval of the entire district budget, marketing dollars to help attract prospective parents to the moved school and a place for Ramsey representatives to supervise the move. "We don't want this to happen, but we're realists, and we realize …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Parents are worried teachers will leave school.
A plan to create a new middle school in the building currently occupied by the Ramsey International Fine Arts Center magnet school is running into significant opposition from Ramsey's parents. Thursday night, around 80 parents came to Ramsey's auditorium looking for reassurance from the district that the plan wouldn't harm their children's education. Many of those parents also wanted to give administrators a piece of their mind. District leaders had hoped to avoid this problem: moving Ramsey is the keystone holding together the district's plan to deal with a ballooning number of middle-schoolers projected to begin arriving next year on Anthony Middle School's doorstep. According to a handout passed out at the Thursday night meeting, …