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The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School Board will have school calendars for 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years on the agenda for the Feb. 22nd meeting; this is the topic of this week’s column. The 2016-17 calendar was given preliminary approval last year and will likely be approved with no changes;...
The Minnesota State Legislature will convene in March 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...
There are apparently some questions within the communities we serve about the wrestling cooperative agreement that was recently formed with Browerville and Eagle Valley; this week’s column will discuss the specifics of this new program. There are six items that will be of the most interest to...
    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...
This week’s column will update readers on the status of the Deferred Maintenance and Safe Schools Project that will be entering “Phase II” of the project this summer.  The “Safe Schools” piece of this project has been completed and this writer will now refer to the remaining parts of the project as...
The Long Prairie-Grey Eagle School Board set the tax levy for 2016 at the conclusion of the Truth-In-Taxation Hearing that was held during the regular December School Board meeting; this is the topic of this week’s column. The 2016 levy is increased due to an increase in enrollment and adjustments...
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...
This week’s column will review the replacement of the No Child Left Behind Act with new legislation called Every Student Succeeds Act; while the actual legislation is over 1000 pages long, this column will attempt to summarize the major changes. The No Child Left Behind Act fundamentally changed...
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 appear to have “turned the corner” and old man winter has arrived making it time for my annual column on winter weather.  Despite the predictions of a milder winter due to El Nino; we will have snow, ice, wind and frigid temperatures and we will need to be prepared for them.  This week’s column...

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