Education

by Bruce Strand Elk River Star News Theater and music departments at Rogers and Zimmerman are hoping for a Nov. 4 verdict that would give them auditoriums to perform in for the first time. “We appreciate what we have and what we’ve been able to do,” said Jon Palashewski, Zimmerman’s play director, “but I can [...]

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The Elk River Area Dist. 728 class of 2014 composite ACT score was 23.1, a .3 jump from 2013. That 23.1 figure far outpaced the nation average of 21.1 and also beat the state of Minnesota’s 22.9 composite score. Minnesota’s 22.9 composite score made it top in the nation for the ninth consecutive year. Interestingly, [...]

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Media specialists, teachers collaborating to prepare new curriculum by Jim Boyle Elk River Star News   Elementary school students will have a new subject to learn this year. Technology and media literacy has been added across the board K-5, an addition made possible by shaving some time off specialist classes taught by gym, art and [...]

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by Jim Boyle Elk River Star News   The Elk River Area School Board gave Superintendent Mark Bezek high marks during a recent performance review. He scored well on all nine factors he was evaluated on as part of the review and on all four of his stated goals that go beyond general duties and [...]

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By Jim Boyle Elk River Star News   Dist. 728 high school activities directors recommended a litany of changes and improvements to their athletics and activities programs at a recent work session of the Elk River Area School Board. Their report was the culmination of a 2014 activities study. The list, spread out on a [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer   As Elk River Area School District principals and officials are planning for school to resume in about five weeks, they are asking the School Board to consider amending the pay scale for substitute teachers. The district’s current pay scale for those workers has been in place without changes since [...]

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Kaleidoscope Charter School of Otsego has received approval by the State of Minnesota and their authorizer, Volunteers of America, to expand through 12th grade. KCS is a tuition free, public charter school serving families in the Otsego, Elk River, Rogers, Albertville, Monticello, St. Michael, Big Lake and Zimmerman communities. KCS prides itself on offering a [...]

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