June 18, 2021,
     Hello all ISD196 citizens. As you all realize, there are many hot topics concerning our schools.  I am already doing listening sessions, as I have discussions every day with many people in our community with concerns about our education system.  If you want to have a discussion with me, reach out to me either thru this web site or my email on the ISD196 web site. I return all emails or will call if you leave your phone number. Every voice matters to me.  I look forward to hearing from you.  We all have the same goal, to educate all of our students to reach their full potential, and prepare them for the next phase of their life, be it college, working in the trades, military, or many other directions.
     I will be talking to 2 classes at AVHS in the next couple of weeks to talk to students about options after high school. While college is a great option, it is not for everyone.  I have many contacts with labor and have already set up graduates into apprenticeship programs to start their careers in the labor industry.  I will also be explaining the options in the military, being a veteran myself. I want to thank SES teacher Hillary Wackman for giving me the audience to continue to help our students in this way.

    Talks went great and many students have reached out already.  I will be assisting these student get into different trade work.  This is possible with my personal knowledge of many business agents in the industry. 
Feel free to always reach out with questions and concerns.


 Endorsed by the teachers(DCUE) who work in 196!
  Endorsed by St. Paul Labor Federation-53,000 members  
                  and Our district bus drivers(SEIU Local 284) and Food
                  Servers  (Teamsters Local 320)
                  Endorsed by school board members!!
Everyone has the right to learn!!!

   This Bio is from 2018 but I will leave it up as it tells a little about me.
  I am Craig Angrimson and am asking for your vote as your representative on the 196 school board. I have served my country with the United States Marine Corps, been president of local 35- IUOE for three years, served on labor/management board with metropolitan council, co chair of safety committee with same, involved with Eastview band fund-raising and co chair the security team for one of the biggest band festivals in the states for four years, and coached traveling softball.  Also, last year, I chaired the all night senior party on graduation night for over 400 seniors who attended.  We ran this with a great support staff, and were able to have the lowest starting ticket prices in town ($65). This was so on budget, that we were able to contribute back to the Eastview Community Scholarship Fund!

My wife Gail and I moved to district 196 twenty five years ago, due to the the high standards of arts and academics offered. We had no children at the time, but knew we would have a family some day. I am now the proud father of an 20 year old daughter- Rachel, who graduated from Eastview High School, and is a junior at Mn State Mankato.  Her senior year at Eastview, she was awarded one of 16 student of the year(out of 506 students).  At Mankato, her major is elementary education with a minor in Spanish, and her goal is to teach in 196 upon earning her degree. She recently achieved deans list while taking 17 credits.  WOW!!   I have seen our board try to keep a balanced budget, which is difficult due to hard fiscal times as a state.

I have experience to help this district. For three years, I was a leader as a union president for IUOE local 35. I also am  a member of the St. Paul Labor Federation, Labor/management committees with the Metropolitan Council,many activities at Eastview High School, including running security for their huge annual marching band festival.  I also have many contacts not only on a local level, but in St Paul also. I was recently appointed to the legislative advisory council.  If elected, everyday people will have a voice in the district. You can contact me, and we will discuss your issues. I will never just give lip service. If I say I will do something, it will happen. I am a man of my word, as anyone who knows me will attest to. During my door knocking this year, some concerns have been discussed.  I have already met with the teachers president, (whose union recently endorsed me) and with district officials to address these.  I only want to make a great environment for our children to gain the knowledge we have been known to teach in 196. It is not perfect, but way better than most.

My goal is to improve our districts financial situation, and also take care of our biggest asset-educators.  I also will strive to narrow the achievement gap, and make the tough decisions needed to not continually need to ask for more money thru levies and bonds.   I believe our district is in ok shape, but by being elected, I will bring new ideas, a new look on old problems. I have proven my leadership qualities through the school district, and I will not be a rubber stamp.  If there is something that I think needs fixing, I will seek to get resolution. I also have experience in construction and real estate, so this will help us with capital project expenditures.  People are already emailing me with concerns, which I followed up on. Call or email with concerns. Thank you for your support.

Craig Angrimson
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