all day every day kindergarten

by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River School District will take in at least $600,000 more in state revenue than it counted for the coming school year, but the district has no plans to celebrate the recently completed Legislative session. That’s largely because there are a few expenses it will have to contend with that [...]

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As a mother of two young children that will eventually attend Elk River schools, I am concerned about the leadership, direction and focus of our schools. For my children’s sake, I plan to do something about it and hopefully this letter will motivate other parents to do the same. I have three major concerns: •The [...]

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I am appalled by the recent decision by our school board. We had an initiative that was voted down by the people and our school board determines that they will ignore our vote and still initiate full-day kindergarten classes. I would like the board to explain why they even asked us to vote on the [...]

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Reading that the Elk River School District has chosen to go ahead with a $1.37 million all-day kindergarten program has me wondering. “Who do they think they are? Congress?” You are facing a $3.6 million budget deficit and you choose to add on another $1.37 million in new spending? This would be bad enough, but [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School Board decided on a 5-2 vote Monday, Dec. 17 to add a free all-day, everyday kindergarten program, despite the District 728 administration’s recommendations to go with either a less costly option or hold off entirely. The price tag is $1.37 million in the first year for [...]

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(Editor’s note: The following emails from District 728 constituents were read into the record before Monday’s night’s final discussion and decision to move ahead with implementation of an All Day Every Day K program. Names of the individuals were not included.) I am reading the School Board minutes, the newspaper, the staff happenings and I [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School Board advanced its discussion of operating levies this past Monday by taking into account the potential $5 million financial cliff that’s projected for the 2013-14 school year. District 728 administrators put together a proposal that calls for renewing the existing levy of $386 per student, and [...]

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