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Readers are likely aware that your local school district will be receiving significant funds from the federal government; this week’s column will address several misconceptions about these funds. First and foremost, the federal funds are one-time dollars that we will spread out through the 2023-24...
Your local school district will be receiving significant funds from the federal government as part of the American Recovery Plan.  This week’s column will provide readers an overview of our plans; more detailed information is available on the district website. This will be a four-year plan...
Your local school district will hold commencement on Friday, May 28th at 7:00; this week’s column will discuss the college credit earnings of this year’s Senior Class. Seventeen (17) members of the Class of 2021 will graduate not only with their High School Diploma but also with an Associate of...
With apologies to James Popham, the title of this week’s column is the Truth About Testing and will discuss the process of standardized testing and what it really means.  The content of this column is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the school...
Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing; just win baby; second place is the first loser.  We have all heard the phrases and we have probably said them.  But is the win at all costs mentality that exists at the college and professional levels appropriate for high school sports?  How do we...
The Minnesota State Legislature will reach the “cross-over” point this week and it is time for an update to readers; 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 has been a significant change in...
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 17-21.  Credit is given to MSBA for the content of this column. The commemorative week is designed 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...
Your local school district has completed over a month with students back in our buildings including three weeks with full in-person learning and we are pleased to report that things are going well.  This week’s column will give “elbow bumps” to some deserving folks. Students - Our students have...
Your local School Board made the difficult decision to not accept a grant that would have allowed us to work with the City of Long Prairie to place an officer in our buildings; this week’s column will review that decision. The ad hoc committee co-chaired by Amy VanValkenburg and Ted Gray met and...

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