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There is a common misperception that all school employees have the summer off and I am frequently asked:  “aren’t you off for the summer?”  This week’s column will provide some information to readers about summer work at the school. The school has several classifications of employees based on their...
One of the age-old problems in education is the summer “brain drain” and how to slow it or prevent it.  “Brain drain” is simply the learning regression that occurs with students between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. Research has shown that several weeks of review are...
One of my favorite events of the year is Graduation and this week’s column will reflect a few thoughts for the Class of 2018.  Graduation is the culmination of 13 years of school and all of this year’s graduates and their families should be proud of the accomplishment and should be congratulated by...
U.S. News has published their list of best High Schools in the State of Minnesota and states that the rankings are based on student achievement including graduation rates and scores on state proficiency tests. The magazine examined data for more than 22,000 high schools.  We are pleased to report...
Almost exactly one year ago, this column briefly discussed the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA; this week’s column will update readers as more specific information is now available. There are three critical points with ESSA: 1.  More schools will be identified for support  2.  Support and...
This week’s column will update readers as we finalize projects for the summer of 2018.  We are in the fortunate position due lower than expected bids and good project management to be in the position of continuing to improve our facilities.  Bids/quotes have been received and the Board has approved...
The Minnesota State Legislature has reached the halfway point and this week’s column will update readers on what is happening in St. Paul that are related to the priorities for your local school district.  Most of the information for this column is from the April 2, 2018 edition of the Weekly...
This week’s column will cover two pieces of excellent news; one for the school district as a whole and one for our students. Balanced Budget For the first time in over a decade, the School Board has a projection for a balanced budget as we move towards the 2018-19 school year.  While there are...
Last week’s column outlined the process for replacing Paul Weinzierl as Secondary Principal; this week’s column will announce the semi-finalists for the job.   The following have been offered and accepted an interview for the position of secondary principal: 1.  Jennifer Strom – Ms. Strom is...
The Minnesota State Legislature is in session and this week’s column will highlight what your local school district would like to see happen in this session. There are four specific things we are looking for: 1.  Increase funding for special education; your local school district used almost $1,000,...

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