Education

Six of Anoka-Hennepin School District’s 24 elementary schools will experience a growth spurt in the coming year. While enrollments are shrinking in the district’s middle and high schools, numbers are remaining stable and even increasing at the grade school level. Not only that, all day-every day kindergarten and special education programs require additional space. Classrooms [...]

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The services of 20 of 22 student learning advocates and three of four Indian education advisers will be restored in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. That restoration will happen thanks to the school board’s adoption of the latest update to the district’s student support model. That model was adopted during consent agenda action taken at the [...]

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While contractors install security vestibules in Anoka-Hennepin District eleven elementary schools this summer, plans are afoot to build additions to six of those buildings. At its June 10 work session, Anoka-Hennepin School Board members listened as Chief Operations Officer Chuck Holden and representatives from ATS&R: Planners/Architects/Engineers presented potential plans and specifications for those additions. Additional [...]

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Anoka-Hennepin School District board members adopted a nearly half-billion dollar budget at their June 24 meeting. The fiscal year 2014 budget (money used for the 2013-14 school year) lists $493,895,579 in expenditures and $484,741,065 in revenue. Those numbers represent a 3 percent increase both in revenues and in expenditures, said Chief Financial Officer Michelle Vargas [...]

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A happy surprise from the Minnesota Legislature means that Anoka-Hennepin School District administration can consider restoring some student support services. The Anoka-Hennepin District 11 School Board cut 22 student learning advocates (SLAs) and four Indian education advisers at its May 28 board meeting as administrators anticipated deep and potentially fatal cuts in state money which [...]

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Riding the bus to Oxbow Creek Elementary School this past school year was safer and more fun for most students. Thanks to a new Bully-Free Bus program initiated by assistant principal Tracee Cahalan, students engaged in the year-long program designed to keep students safe and to take responsibility for keeping their busses bully-free. Cahalan said [...]

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  Action late in the 2013 session by the Minnesota Legislature reduced the cut in Anoka-Hennepin School District’s integration funding from the state to $300,000 from the anticipated $450,000. But the Anoka-Hennepin School Board and district administrators were unaware of that when the board voted May 28 to discontinue the contracts of 22 SLAs (student [...]

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The Champlin Park Marching Band will be busy this weekend performing in three parades. First up is Milaca’s Gateway to Northland Parade scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Saturday, June 22, the band will head to Rogers for Rockin’ Rogers Days. Parade begins at noon and travels down Main Street onto Community Drive, [...]

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