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Community team pushes new recommendations for upcoming meeting

Community team pushes new recommendations for upcoming meeting

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor

February 15, 2020

Changes in a school district are inevitable. As a community and school, there are many needs that need to be met involving financial and physical updates. A large part of these changes revolves around the Community Design Team and school board. The Community Design Team is a newly developed team made ...

Proposed literacy curriculum voted down 3-3

Proposed literacy curriculum voted down 3-3

Elle Guggenberger, Graphics Editor

December 10, 2019

The Nov. 4 board meeting was the deciding factor regarding whether or not the district should implement a new literacy curriculum. The idea was first introduced at the Oct. 10 meeting at the Stillwater City Hall. The secondary curriculum review committee researched many options to modify the curriculu...

School Board violates Open Meeting Law, not strong enough response

School Board violates Open Meeting Law, not strong enough response

John Franklin, Copy Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2019

On Aug. 29, the School Board formed a quorum at a Finance and Operations Working group meeting, therefore violating Minnesota's Open Meeting Law (OML).  This was confirmed by an advisory opinion letter from Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis from the Minnesota Department of Administration. The S...

Morris Leatherman survey results spark conversations about district changes

Morris Leatherman survey results spark conversations about district changes

Rachel Duerr, Online Editor

September 26, 2019

In August 2019, a public research team called The Morris Leatherman Group conducted a phone survey with 570 randomly selected residents of the community to assess the attitudes and obtain opinions of the residents and parents in the district with all of the changes made in recent years. The Morris Leatherman Group ...

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

School board discusses $2.4 million deficit

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

November 8, 2018

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...

Paula O’Loughlin runs for State Representative

Paula O’Loughlin runs for State Representative

Kenzie Coyle, Layout Editor

November 5, 2017

School board member Paula O’Loughlin has made many difficult decisions on the board, which has now led to her decision to run for State Representative. O’Loughlin has been a part of the school board since 2014 and has made many difficult decisions that she and the board felt were needed for the district. She will ru...

Ninth grade transition offers innovative ideas

Ninth grade transition offers innovative ideas

Ebbie Benson, Copy Editor

October 11, 2016

Beginning fall of 2017, more than 700 freshmen within the district will attend the high school for the first time. It is a big change from what everyone is used to, and adjustments will need to be made between now and then. In order to ensure that all the freshmen feel settled and comfortable at the ...

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