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

     Filed my intent to run for re-election today.  I also toured our newest building which is the new home of our ALC program.  This building will work great.  They were in the rosemount community center last year,  which did work but was short term and caused much extra work for staff to secure belongs overnight, as we only rented space during the day.  Now they have a school that has a better school environment.

I am continuing daily discussions with concerned parents about current masking guidelines.  I was in the district office today stating that we should have a special board meeting about this, as we have not been asked as a board to take any action.  We will be meeting in the near future.  Regardless of which side of this you are on,  continue to reach out as all voices matter.  I will answer all emails sent to me directly.

     I have put my re-election campaign on super drive.  I have spoken to many of you lately, we have such a great place to live, and it is nice to see people face to face again.  Many folks have also emailed or called me wanting yard signs,  offering to door knock, or contribute any other way they can.  You can see me at one of the football games every friday and get to know me, for those I have never met. The league of woman voters is hosting a zoom forum on the 29th that will be taped for you to view.  Also look for articles in the sun this week and rosemount patch in the coming weeks.  As always, reach out for questions or comments.  I return 100% of these.

     School board update- We have started visiting schools on Fridays again.  Great to see the energy.  We are also having our first listening session next week on Tuesday at Black Hawk Middle School at 5:30.  Contact the district office for more details. Early voting has started. Do your homework to make sure you are represented properly.

     Tomorrow night is the open forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.  This will be taped and available for viewing the following day.  Please view this to learn more about me and other candidates.  Your vote definitely matters this year. Also come see me before the football game on October 1st at Eagan High School.  They will be hosting District rival Eastview. I will be there by 6pm.

  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, 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, in 2015, 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 nine 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 a 24 year old daughter- Rachel, who graduated from Eastview High School, and also graduated from Mn State Mankato with her teaching degree.  Her senior year at Eastview, she was awarded one of 16 student of the year(out of 506 students).  At Mankato, she earned her degree in elementary education with a minor in Spanish.  She is now 1 credit shy of her masters degree.  She just finished her first year as a first grade teacher at highland elementary in our district.

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. 
During my last 4 years as your board member,  I have visited all of our 31 schools at least 3 times, while still working my regular job.  I have served on wellness, budget, legislative, curriculum, and equity committees. I consider this job as your board member an honor, and I give it the respect it deserves. 

 One of the things I am proud to say is that I make every effort to respond back to all people who reach out to me as your board member.  Many of you will attest to this.  These decisions we make are very difficult, with many valid point on all sides.  I like to hear all variables, then base my vote on many factors, including citizen response.  

I would be honored to continue to serve as your board member.

Craig Angrimson
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