When I was growing up in Nebraska, our family would pile in the car on Sunday morning and head to Mass at our local parish church. We lived on a farm and the trip into town took us about 20 minutes by car. Before the “new highway” was built, the “old highway” took us over a brick-paved street that had a huge maple tree in the front yard of one of the homes along our route. Every autumn we watched for the first hints of fall color on this majestic tree, and when its leaves began to turn, we would wonder what it would look like the following week. That tree was the harbinger of fall for us, and we marveled at the changes it went through as the weeks passed.
(ED. NOTE: This is the fifth in a seven-part question and answer series with the candidates for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School Board. The order of the interviews has been chosen at random. There are seven candidates, including four incumbents, vying for one of four seats. The terms last four years. The election is Nov. 4.)
Earlier this year, when Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District Superintendent Joe Gothard revealed Vision One91 — a far-reaching plan that includes possible grade reconfiguration and the re-purposing of various district buildings – he made it clear that community input would be integral to the plan’s potential success.