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Newly elected members meeting for the candidate forum. The meeting was held at Stillwater City Hall.

New school board candidates share vision for future

Sadie Bettendorf, Business Editor and Online Editor December 6, 2022

  Two new school board members were elected on Nov. 8, while maintaining three incumbent members from the previous term. Returning board members, Pete Kelzenberg and Alison Sherman, will serve...

campaign signs on side of road

Nine candidates run for school board

Alex Reedy, Bryce Rosewicz, Podcast and Distribution Reporter October 20, 2022

There are nine candidates running for seven seats on the District 834 school board. A general election will be held on Nov. 8 and the elected board members terms will start on the first Monday in January....

The school board hosts a meeting.

School board selects Michael Funk as new superintendent

Abby Thibodeau, Layout Editor-in-Chief May 26, 2022

In a special meeting on April 8, the school board selected Dr. Michael Funk as the district’s next superintendent. He will replace interim superintendent Malinda Landsfeldt in a more permanent position...

Tina Riehles flag. It has her name with a flag around it, and state representative is written underneath.

Tina Riehle runs for 33B seat for House of Representatives

Chelsea Stahl, Social Media and Podcast Editor April 21, 2022

“I just think that it's important for all students, whether you're a Democrat, or you're Republican, or you're an independent, or whatever party you are, that all students understand what the process...

Interim Superintendent Malinda Lansfeldt speaks to the board about FFA club. She may run for the position again this spring.

School board searches for permanent Superintendent

Brady Lau, Social Media Editor February 28, 2022

The school board is appointing a permanent superintendent for interim Superintendent Malinda Lansfeldt’s position. Over the coming months, the board will be accepting applications and evaluating candidates...

Jay Knutson

Jay Knutson assists with student council

Brady Lau, Social Media Editor November 23, 2021

The high school student council is gaining a new staff member. Jay Knutson graduated years ago and currently works as a paraprofessional. This year he joined the student council as the assistant advisor. Traditionally,...

The Community Design Team discusses in small groups how to best use district facilities.  Each table is assigned a building to make specific recommendations for.

Community Design Team discusses future of district facilities

John Franklin, Copy Editor January 9, 2020

When January comes, the School Board will receive a recommendation from the Community Design team. The Community Design team is a team the Cunningham group put together after the School board voted to...

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.

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...

The district task force will have meetings ending in January 2020. They will make a recommendation to the school board to address issues in the district. Members of the team discuss the expansion of the student population and how to create learning environments for all students.

District task force coming up with proposal for the school board by 2020

Mairin Torgerson, Photographer November 17, 2019

The school district has been through numerous changes in recent years. Many of the ideas executed were made possible and created by the Community Design Team. The team is part of the district long-range...

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.

Superintendent Pontrelli deserves complete support from community

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...

Young students flood out of Brookview Elementary at the end of a busy school day. Brookview is one of the newest elementary schools, which was a result of the new and incoming students coming from the southern areas of the district. This K-5 school was opened as a result of the B.O.L.D. plan that was put into place after the district shut down Withrow and Marine Elementary.

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...

Reccommendations made by the Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force volunteers will be presented to the school board throughout the year. This task force will ensure the safety of our facilities and district as a whole.

Long-Range Facility Planning Task Force need volunteers

Paige Sanders, Photography Editor-in-Chief April 22, 2019

To better our district and community as a whole and furthermore better the future of our facilities in the district, volunteers will help make this possible. The district is covening new members for...

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