Education

By Jim Boyle Elk River Star News   Amid growing frustration over the lack of a contract, District 728 teachers took their disappointment public Monday outside District 728 offices. As rain fell and the Elk River Area School Board met in closed session, teachers hoisted placards with messages such as “teachers have value,” “honk if [...]

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Member’s exit to console constituents created hard feelings by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer   Jane Bunting, chair of the Elk River School Board, told her elected colleagues in a work session May 5 that she had conferred with the Minnesota School Boards Association on how to bring closure to a controversial matter that caused a [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer   As Elk River school officials have approached residents in recent weeks to get opinions on which campus upgrades should be asked in a fall bond referendum, the leaders are finding no surprise that more traditional methods of outreach are getting little reaction. Take, for example, the community listening session [...]

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Elk River Area School Board Member Jolene Jorgensen reported that a misconception is hampering the numbers of children completing a preschool screening. She said during a board member report that there’s a myth that some parents hold that preschool screening is a pass-fail test. She heard about it attending an advisory council meeting. “It’s not [...]

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by Jim Boyle Elk River Star News   Students in Ena Rasmussen’s seventh-grade life science class are studying skulls this week that are on loan from the Science Museum of Minnesota The junior paleontologists are using the inquiry method to make observations about these animal skulls. It’s one of many ways science teachers in the [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer   Elk River Area School Board members confirmed for administrators that the district should draft a bond referendum for general election ballots next Nov. 4. The district’s most critical needs may be in the southern third, where teachers and students at the Rogers secondary schools have met for some classes [...]

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by Jim Boyle Elk River Star News   The Elk River Area School Board has agreed with a committee it formed that the best way to deal with crowding in the school district is to bring forward a bond referendum. Lease levies could help, but with only $17.5 million available, they would not provide enough [...]

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Students in the Elk River Area School District will only make up two of the five emergency school closure days that have occurred thus far this year. The Elk River Area School approved at a special meeting to extend the 2013-2014 school calendar by two days by adding the previously designated emergency makeup days on [...]

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