Perpich Plan Makes Sense for Woodbury's Crosswinds School

A letter to the editor regarding the fate of the Woodbury school.

The East Metro Integration District (EMID) has voted to give governance of Crosswinds Arts and Science building in Woodbury to the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

Perpich needs legislative support in order to make this happen.

I support this initiative for three important reasons:

  1. Perpich plans to keep the programs intact and continue the building’s intended purpose of "a year-round program where urban and suburban students, families and staff join together to explore, create and learn."
  2. The $25 million dollar facility was established with state funding for the benefit of children in multiple districts, not to serve the needs of just one.
  3. Under Perpich, Crosswinds can continue as an example of effective integration and with Perpich’s outreach, bring that model to schools throughout the state who are more diverse than ever before.

For more information: http://www.emidfamilies.org/crosswinds

—Carrie Dickson, Maplewood


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EFC February 18, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Agreed! Crosswinds is a great model of how to turn diversity in Minnesota into true respect and integration. Perpich's experience with professional development and can help Crosswinds share what it knows about integration and the arts with other districts. Crosswinds has been a great investment, let's keep it serving all of Minnesota!
Kim Wolfe February 18, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Yes! I'm so glad someone is stepping up to save a school. Too many schools are being forced to shut down due to funding cuts. It's NEVER a good idea to cut where education is concerned.
Jocelyn Stein February 18, 2013 at 08:25 PM
So true! It would really be a shame to lose the Crosswinds model in the east metro. Perpich offers a unique and beneficial program to all Minnesota kids.
Susan M February 18, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Crosswinds is a terrific school which can serve as a model for schools statewide. My children have been fortunate to attend this school and I hope it continues to be available for children from multiple districts.


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