The Pony Express

Superintendent shares glimpse into her role

Superintendent shares glimpse into her role

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter Editor

December 3, 2018


Filed under In-Depth, People

Many people wonder what the job of being a superintendent is like. "The only reason I do this is to try and make it a better experience for kids," Superintendent Denise Pontrelli said. Denise Pontrelli is the Superintendent of Stillwater Area Public Schools. Pontrelli has been the Superintendent for three years. ...

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

November 8, 2018


Filed under News

There will be new budget cuts in the district this year. The district is looking to address a $2.4 million deficit. The first school board meeting took place on Oct. 10 to begin conversations for new changes within our schools. The school board is reviewing possible areas to consider for reductions...

EIC Column: Peer counseling program long overdue

EIC Column: Peer counseling program long overdue

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2018


Filed under Editorial, EIC Column, Political Opinion

With three deaths within three years in the Stillwater school district, the ISD 834 school board finally took the initiative to create a mental health program for middle and high school students. It's easy to feel unheard in our school district, but if there's any cause that's important for them to actually tun...

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Dodds, Maxwell and Kaul lead new Peer Helper program

Carina Block, Copy Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under News

Adolescents often turn to their peers rather than adults with their problems. The new peer helper program begins this fall is a support system for the students that are most often relied on by others to help solve dilemmas. Oftentimes those heavily relied on students are either stressed out or...

Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

Potential Brookview addition sparks debate

John Franklin, Copy Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Political Opinion

The School Board has met on multiple occasions over the past months to discuss a possible expansion to Brookview Elementary. They have also explored whether to re-open Oak-Park and spend money to hire new staff. The agenda item under consideration was labeled "Facility & Financial Considerations...

District influences shift as community notices internal politics

District influences shift as community notices internal politics

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 9, 2017


Filed under Focus, In-Depth

"I'm never going to vote yes on any future school district [levy]. That bond referendum was such a slap in the face," Denise Knoll, parent of three fourth-generation Stillwater graduates and member of the Superintendent Advisory Committee, said. The $97.5 million bond referendum and the BOLD 5...

All gender bathrooms offer additional options

All gender bathrooms offer additional options

Lilly Sample, Online Editor

November 6, 2017


Filed under Alternative Copy Stories

Gender neutral bathrooms were added to the schools in the last year. The GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance Club) has advocated for their building in the past years, and now they make their debut this year. There are four gender Neutral bathrooms in the school, two by the Black Pony Center and two b...

Boundary changes enforced due to potential school closings

Boundary changes enforced due to potential school closings

Megan Ramberg, Online Editor

February 14, 2017


Filed under News

The familiar topic of Marine, Withrow and Oak Park closing in 2017 has been of discussion for over almost a year, and with new boundaries being enforced, there has been recent controversy. The 834 District School Board approved a Contingency Boundary Plan on Nov. 10, 2016, that changes boundaries for each town in the 834 ...

School start times take toll on mental health

School start times take toll on mental health

Ashlyn Aarness, Photographer

December 2, 2016


Filed under Featured Videos, News

Early morning and late, homework-filled nights. This is the life of a typical high school student. More and more schools are switching over to a later start time to increase productivity. Thought Exchange is changing the game for our district. Stillwater School District has had this discussion ...

B.O.L.D. decision, next steps for community

B.O.L.D. decision, next steps for community

Allie Langness, Online Editor-in-Chief

March 16, 2016


Filed under News

After a grueling process, the School Board voted on March 3, 2016 in favor of closing Marine, Withrow, and Oak Park Elementary schools. Previously, at the February 11, 2016 meeting, the board decided to delay the vote until March 3. In preparation for the March 3 meeting, the school board initiat...

B.O.L.D. proposal: vote ‘yes’

B.O.L.D. proposal: vote ‘yes’

Allie Langness, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2016


Filed under Editorial

For the past couple of months, families and community members have been extremely concerned with Superintendent Pontrelli’s “B.O.L.D.” proposal to close three schools: Marine, Withrow and Oak Park Elementary schools. After sifting through all of the facts and information that has been brough...

School Board postpones BOLD vote

School Board postpones BOLD vote

Megan McGuire, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2016


Filed under News, Photo Slide Shows

In an unexpected move, Stillwater School District Superintendent Denise Pontrelli asked the Stillwater school board on Feb. 11 to postpone its vote on the closing of three District 834 elementary schools until March 3. Voting on the decision to close Withrow, Marine and Oak Park Elementary was expect...