Elk River Area School Board

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 on Dec. 10 certified its 2012 property tax levy, which amounts to a 1.43 percent increase over last year’s levy of $38,562,466. The latest levy of $39,113,426, which is payable in 2013, comes on the heels of a 2.9 percent decrease in the levy last [...]

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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 A majority of the Elk River Area School Board remains committed to rolling out an all day everyday kindergarten program by next fall, even though it will increase the amount of budget cutting and deficit spending they do in the coming school year. School Board Chair Jolene Jorgensen and School Board [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor After further review, the Elk River Area School Board has authorized the administration to advertise for bids for the Parker Elementary School remodeling project. District 728 administrators paused last week after news of a declining birth rate in the Elk River Area School District broke, and they asked members of the [...]

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