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FFA raises concerns about access

Several members of Red Wing High School FFA spoke during Monday's public comment period, raising concerns about their access to the FFA greenhouses and animal labs over the summer.

Red Wing FFA alumna Leslie Sandey told School Board members that following former FFA adviser Chris Sheehan resignation July 2, the students have not been able to access the greenhouses to take care of the plants and rabbits.

"The principal has revoked the students' access," Leslie Sandey said, referring to RWHS Principal Beth Borgen.

Previously, a few FFA students were able to get into the greenhouses and lab to take care of the plants and animals using special key cards that allowed limited access, FFA alumna Jess Sandey said.

"We had been allowed in there without teachers, just to do those things and leave," she said.

Leslie Sandey added that the plants are important because the chapter sells the plants to raise money for programming.

"If they die, they will have to spend money to replace plants," Leslie Sandey said.

The students also raised concerns about deadlines for grants approaching and, and in Sheehan's absence, certain tasks are not being completed that would ensure the chapter received those grants.

Supt. Karsten Anderson said he would look into both matters, adding that making sure the plants and animals are being taken care of and getting grant money are priorities.

An automatic email reply from Borgen's email said she is away from the office; she was not able to be reached.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.