January 16, 2013 -- Irondale High School has been named the grand prize winner of a $25,000 grant awarded by the Local Government Innovation Awards. In winning the award, Irondale's Early College program was selected the top local government innovation in the state, from a field of 111 entries submitted by cities, counties and school districts throughout Minnesota.
Last month, the awards competition named Irondale's Early College program the top finalist representing the school district category. This month, in a public voting competition, voters gave Irondale the edge over innovations submitted by the city of St. Paul and Dakota County. Final vote totals were not disclosed.
Accepting the award at a ceremony today in Minneapolis, School Board chair Jon Tynjala thanked the awards organizers and the voters on behalf of Mounds View Public Schools.
"Every once in a while, if you're lucky, you get to be part of something that has the potential to be a game changer. And that's what Early College is. This program has the potential to change the future trajectories of the lives of students who may not have thought college was even a possibility for them," said Tynjala.
"We did not do this for the attention that we have received," he added. "But it is, nonetheless, an affirmation of the work that has been done so far. And for that, we are grateful, and we thank you."
Sponsored in part by The Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs in partnership with InCommons, the awards recognize the creative ways counties, cities and schools are making Minnesota better and doing things differently. To learn more about the innovation award competition or the Early College program - which will begin at Mounds View High School next fall - visit www.moundsviewschools.org/news.asp?docID=2394.