In Brief June 2021

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St. Paul edges out Minneapolis
St. Paul bumped Minneapolis to third and took second in annual Trust for Public Land’s 2021 ParkScore® index. Washington, DC, is the best city park system in the nation, reclaiming the ParkScore title it last held in 2019. The Twin Cities have finished in the top three each year they have been ranked.

St. Paul City School builds at 215 University Ave. W.
St. Paul City School will consolidate three campuses at one location in the fall of 2022.
The new building site is at 215 University Avenue W.
The new building will include brand new, state-of-the-art classrooms, a full gymnasium, green space/playground, cafeteria and community space, and a full service community clinic (open to the public).
Currently, the primary building is at 260 Edmund Ave. The middle school is at 643 Virginia St. River’s Edge Academy High School is at 188 W. Plato Blvd.
St. Paul City School is a preschool through 12th grade public charter school district located in St. Paul, Minnesota. River’s Edge Academy merged with St. Paul City School in 2019 to expand both school communities and serve students and families through high school.

Maternity of Mary/St. Andrew Catholic School
The Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (MNSAA) has renewed the accreditation of Maternity of Mary/St. Andrew Catholic School (Preschool-Grade 8) in Saint Paul (205 Lexington Ave. S.) for the eligibility period of 2021 to 2028. Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance with a goal to evaluate, validate, and improve each school’s quality.

METRO Gold Line BRT
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announces that President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget includes $256.1 million for two new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects in St. Paul and Rochester, Minn., as well as an existing light rail project currently under construction in Minneapolis.
It includes: $100 million for the METRO Gold Line BRT project in St. Paul, which would better connect transit riders traveling along a 10.3-mile corridor on I-94 between downtown Saint Paul and the suburban cities of Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury and, more broadly, connect the eastern part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area to the regional transit network via Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul.

Calvo steps in interim director
Subdistrict 1 Council Member Rebecca Calvo has stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director of the District 10 Como Community Council following the departure of the long-serving Executive Director Michael Kuchta. Calvo has taken a leave of absence from the Community Council until the role of Executive Director has been permanently filled.
The council is engaged fully in the search and hopes to fill the role soon.

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