Kringen's Korner

The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School District will join school districts throughout the state to salute their local education leaders during Minnesota’s annual School Board Recognition Week February 20-24. The commemorative week is designed to recognize the contributions made by Minnesota’s school...
Regular readers of this column have been following the process that your local school district is using to replace Elementary Principal Peter Lingen; this week’s column will announce the finalists for the job.  While the candidates may be well known to most readers, some background information is...
One aspect of school finance that many people find frustrating and do not understand is the concept of “fund accounting”.  Essentially, school fund accounting describes the various pools of money that schools use to keep track of our expenditures and there are limitations mandated by law that...
The Minnesota State Legislature has convened and this week’s column will highlight what this writer believes should be the educational priorities; reminder that the views expressed in this column are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the LPGE School District. The...
This week’s column will be a deviation from the normal topics as we head into the traditional Christmas and New Year’s break and celebrations. First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have taken the time to visit with me, call or email with feedback on this...
Winter has arrived in full force in Minnesota with a blizzard, cold weather, and icy roads.  Your local school district has been questioned about how decisions are made for late starts, early dismissals and cancellations; this is the topic of this week’s column.  First of all, remember that all...
Taxpayers received their annual notice of proposed taxes recently and this writer has fielded several phone calls on why taxes went up.  Please grab your tax statement before continuing to read this column. Overall, there was an increase in taxes but please note that your school taxes should have...
Are you looking for an opportunity to get in the holiday spirit?  If so, nothing beats a children’s concert this time of year and our Secondary Band and Choirs will have concerts this month that will have music for just about everyone.  Schedule: Dec. 5th – Band Concert (Grades 6-12) at the...
One of the annual issues for public school districts is the balancing act between celebrating the holiday season and the legal requirements on schools.  Cathy Miller, the Minnesota School Board Association’s Director of Legal and Policy Services wrote an article for the Minnesota School Board...
We are in a blizzard warning as this column is being written; we will know if the weatherman was correct by the time it is printed.  In any event, it is time for my annual “winter weather” column that will review how we will communicate with families as well as proper winter weather attire for...

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