|Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||January 14, 2013|
|Appointed by||Bloomington school board|
|Bloomington school board|
|1986 - 1989|
|Minnesota House of Representatives|
|1975 - 1978|
|Bachelor's||St. Cloud State University|
|Master's||St. Cloud State University|
|Other||Saint Mary’s University|
|(timed out) Campaign website|
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.
|Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tim Culver Incumbent||13.3%||5,220|
|Nonpartisan||Arlene Bush Incumbent||12.5%||4,941|
|Nonpartisan||Lyle Abeln Incumbent||12.4%||4,895|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 271 - Bloomington," accessed December 18, 2013|
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.
Abeln did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Abeln's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
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 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.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Lyle Abeln for Bloomington School Board, "About Me," accessed October 21, 2013 (timed out) (timed out)
- Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from Jennifer Hazel on March 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bloomington (city), Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014