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Federal funding fuels a fast overhaul for three Dakota County schools hoping to attract parents and excite kids as magnets

Feverish activity is under way to complete three West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan schools’ transformation into magnets, an overhaul powered by a $2.2 million federal grant. Pilot Knob Elementary in Eagan is focusing on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Heritage, in West St. Paul, will become an environmental STEM magnet. And West St. Paul’s Moreland is merging the arts and health sciences.

"We want this cool school kids want to go to. But ultimately, it’s about learning and achievement," Otterson said. "Adding the health piece to it I think will really help us with the achievement piece."