The Pony Express

Stillwater moves to online graduation

Newspaper editors-in-chief John Franklin and Hazel Flock gather on a final Zoom call. They dressed up in their cap and gown to signify the virtual graduation.

Alex Steil, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2020

After weeks of planning, the Stillwater Graduation Committee finally came to an tentative agreement for hosting this year’s graduation at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Although the planning had yet to be sorted, the group agreed it was the best idea. Then on May 8, Governor Walz signed an exec...

Proposed literacy curriculum voted down 3-3

With this new language arts curriculum, students have the option to check out their own books through the media center, or choose from a wider variety of classroom reading materials. This will keep students interested and motivated to read novels.

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 accused of breaking Open Meeting Law

School Board members discuss issues during a meeting on nov. 14. Unlike committees wherein members of the school board only include a minority of directors, a committee should be made up of the whole school board so that action can be taken on major issues.

Drew Jurek, Graphics Editor

November 21, 2019

The School Board has received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Administration declaring the school board had defied the state’s Open Meeting Law during a meeting of the Finance and Operation Working Group on Aug. 29. The incident in question involved a member of the School Board who attended a me...

School Board violates Open Meeting Law, not strong enough response

The School Board formed a quorum at the correct time at the Nov. 14 meeting.  They formed a quorum when they should not have done so at the Aug. 29 Working Group meeting.  That was the reason they received an opinion letter from Commissioner Alice Roberts-Davis from the Minnesota Department of Administration.

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...

Superintendent Pontrelli deserves complete support from community

School board members voted 5-2 at a board meeting in June to begin discussions about a separation agreement. Superintendent Pontrelli is not interested in cutting ties with District 834.

Julia Bennet, Social Media Editor-in-Chief

October 28, 2019

The school board began discussions this past summer regarding a separation agreement with the Superintendent Denise Pontrelli. Closing three elementary schools and changing the course of action for the district caused an enormous amount of frustration and distrust within in the community since the BOLD...

Three school board members exemplify the bystander effect in private Facebook group

The private page is not easily accessible. In order to gain access one has to know someone in the group, request that they allow them to request to join the group and then get accepted. This makes it incredibly difficult to use the conversations in the group as evidence to the public of maltreatment and malice because it is difficult to ascertain in the first place.

Hannah Sween, Print Editor-in-Chief

April 12, 2019

There is a secret Facebook group called “Support Our Schools - 834 Unites.” It does not show up on the search page, the only way to gain access is by requesting admission from one of its current members. The group boasts 1,600 plus members including three school board members: Sarah Stivland, Liz We...

Brookview Elementary expansion uncertain with new school board candidates

Brookview Elementary school, located in Woodbury, is considering an expansion to the school for the increasing amount the students the are to come in the future. The school is built around multiple neighborhoods and are soon to grow.

Elli Swanson, Photographer

November 14, 2018

Brookview Elementary, District 834's newest elementary school is hoping to expand very soon due to the developing neighborhoods near by. Brookview Elementary school located in Woodbury has almost met its capacity of students and continues to increase in size. Because of the increase in students...

School Board postpones discussion on school start times

School Board postpones discussion on school start times

Levi Gregg, Copy Editor

March 15, 2018

  Pressure from students and parents at Stillwater Area High School led the school board consider changing the high school’s start time from 7:40 to 8:30 a.m.  However, after looking at the issue for several years, the school board decided to delay the change, initially scheduled to ...

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