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Lyle Abeln

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Lyle Abeln
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Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1985
AppointedJanuary 14, 2013
Appointed byBloomington school board
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Bloomington school board
1986 - 1989
Minnesota House of Representatives
1975 - 1978
Education
Bachelor'sSt. Cloud State University
Master'sSt. Cloud State University
OtherSaint Mary’s University
Personal
ProfessionEducator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lyle Abeln was an at-large member of the Bloomington Public Schools. He was first elected to the chamber in 1985 and served until 1989. He was later appointed to the chamber to fill an unexpired term in 2013 and lost his re-election bid in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Abeln resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Abeln earned a B.S. in Math and History and an M.A. in Educational Administration from St. Cloud State University and has performed the necessary graduate work for a principal's license from Saint Mary’s University. During his career as an educator, Abeln taught in the Minneapolis public school system for more than 20 years, served as an associate principal for more than 15 years at Minneapolis Roosevelt and Minnetonka High Schools and has acted as both the associate program director and as the program director for the EDS/K-12 principal’s licensure program and the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program at Saint Mary’s University for ten years. He was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978 and the Bloomington school board from 1985 to 1989.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Bloomington Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Lyle Abeln and fellow incumbents Tim Culver and Arlene Bush lost their seats to challengers Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRicardo Oliva 16.8% 6,602
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Sorum 15.1% 5,947
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Bennett 15% 5,902
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Steigauf 14.6% 5,763
     Nonpartisan Tim Culver Incumbent 13.3% 5,220
     Nonpartisan Arlene Bush Incumbent 12.5% 4,941
     Nonpartisan Lyle Abeln Incumbent 12.4% 4,895
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 120
Total Votes 39,390
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 271 - Bloomington," accessed December 18, 2013

Funding

Abeln reported $1,930.00 in contributions and $1,930.10 in expenditures to the school district office, which left her campaign with $0.10 in debt.[2]

Endorsements

Abeln did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Abeln's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

1. Promote different strategies to close the achievement gaps identified in the district between racial groups and between buildings.

2. Work to diversify staff to align with the changing demographics of Bloomington.

3. Draft a clear plan to reach our goal of “All Kids Ready for K” (Early Childhood Education).

4. Support the comprehensive facilities plan that addresses security issues in our buildings.

5. Pursue opportunities to improve communications between board members and the administration.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush unsuccessfully sought re-election, while fellow incumbent Mark Hibbs did not file for re-election. The incumbents drew four challengers in Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett.

About the district

See also: Bloomington Public Schools, Minnesota
Bloomington Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Bloomington Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The county seat of Hennepin County is Minneapolis. According to the 2010 United States Census, Hennepin County is home to 1,184,576 residents.[3]

Demographics

Bloomington outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Bloomington was $60,150 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Bloomington was 8.5% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.5% of Bloomington residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Bloomington (%) Minnesota (%)
White 79.7 85.3
Black or African American 7.2 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.1
Asian 5.9 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 3.1 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 423,982 240,073
2008 420,958 231,054
2004 383,841 255,133
2000 307,599 225,657

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]

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