The Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club welcomed Dr. Theresa Battle who's the Superintendent of District 191 Burnsville/Eagan/Savage as their guest speaker on May 26th. Dr. Battle shared with us the positive community survey results that showed 92% of respondents rated the district's handling of the pandemic as good to excellent, and 90% of the parents said they're proud of District 191! She also shared the mission of District 191 being Each Student, Future Ready, and Community Strong! Dr. Battle also reviewed the Core Values of District 191 and touched on the academic "Pathways Program" which provides all students with experiences in Arts, Music, & Theater, Advanced Learning, College & Career Readiness, Social Emotional Learning, and Entrepreneurship. The goal is to provide an exploration of careers and further education in the student's field of interest/study.
On enrollment in District 191, this continues to be a struggle with a projected loss of 200+ students this coming year, but the hope is that it'll be more around 120. The district has launched a successful Virtual Academy that has drawn students from outside the district which is very positive! They've also seen growth in enrollments in the critical Kindergarten age group which is currently putting the district on pace to exceed the enrollments of the past two years to a typical class size of 660.