education

Never has it been more important than now to support K–12 education. Those who fail to graduate, we’re told, will be lost in the new normal years ahead, where employers will be seeking high school graduates with at least one year of post-high school education. Experts are telling us that by the year 2018, 78 [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The school year is young, but testimonials have already started to flow at Becker Public Schools where an administrative decision was made to make the ratio of iPads to students  1 to 1. Susan Meyer, director of instructional technology in the Becker School District, says one math teacher was so excited [...]

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The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has approved a request from the Elk River Area School District for $5.9 million in facility improvements to Parker Elementary School in Elk River. The School Board approved the project this summer, but by statute the MDE had to approve the request before it can move forward. Parker Elementary [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Enrollment in the Elk River Area School District has dropped for the first time in nearly 20 years or more. Superintendent Mark Bezek reported Monday night that opening week numbers show the district lagging behind last year’s numbers by about 80 to 100 students. What’s even more concerning is the kindergarten [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The 2011–12 school year got off and running this week as more than 12,700 returned to 17 Elk River Area School District schools. One school has a new emphasis for its third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. Another school, the school district’s alternative school, has a new name. Several schools will advance initiatives [...]

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Elk River High School •Roxanne Carter-Wyatt (.6 speech language therapist) new to the district-shared position with Zimmerman High School, 10th year of experience •Steve Hamilton (1.0 social studies) new to the district, 12th year of experience •Emily Montag (1.0 English) worked part time at Elk River High School last year, second year of experience •Andria [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor As thousands of students streamed through the doors of District 728 schools this week for the start of school, they were greeted by an energized bunch of teachers. The electricity could be felt Aug. 29 when hundreds of educators from across the Elk River Area School District packed into Zabee Theater [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School District is preparing to take community engagement to a higher level in the coming year. Charlie Blesener, director of District 728 Community Education, will be promoted to a director of community engagement. District administrators have been formulating a plan to carry this out since suggesting the [...]

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