Raskin to receive award

By Karen Colbenson

Austin Public Schools Superintendent Candace Raskin will be honored later this month by the Minnesota Rural Education Association with the organization’s distinguished service award to acknowledge her work with the Hormel Foundation’s recent financial gift to the district.

The announcement was a surprise to Raskin, made during Monday night’s school board meeting by John Alberts, director of educational services, who said her work with the foundation to offer math and science fellowships to teachers caught the organization’s eye.

In September, the foundation announced a $2.8 million to the school district to remodel and expand high school science labs and provide teaching staff an opportunity to earn advanced degrees and certificates. Teachers will be able to apply to the University of Minnesota graduate school, and once accepted, the foundation will pay for their classes. The courses will be offered in Austin during the school year and the summer. Scientists at the Hormel Institute have agreed to be part of the summer instruction.


Raskin will be one of two recipients to receive the award this year. She will receive the award on Oct. 25 at MREA’s annual conference in Alexandria, Minn.

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Minnesota Rural Education Association

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