Elk River Area School Board
by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School Board got a boost from the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce at its meeting on Monday. Debbi Rydberg, the executive director of the chamber, relayed that the Chamber Board approve a resolution in support of the district’s legislative platform at its p...Read More
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The Elk River Area School Board approved a proposal to change elementary (K-5) schedules from quarters to trimesters effective for the 2013-2014 school year.  The vote was unanimous. A committee took a year to research, coordinate and analyze the development of a new framework for grading and repor...Read More
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The Elk River Area  School Board’s 2013 Legislative Platform includes four priorities. The are Adequate Funding, Metro-Equity Revenue, Permanent Transfer from Debt Redemption Fund and Compensatory Education Revenue. Here’s more on each: •Adequate Funding: ISD 728 is the eighth largest distric...Read More
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From staff reports This week was a new beginning for many area elected officials as they took their oaths of office. Elk River council members Barb Burandt and Matt Westgaard were sworn in at the first council meeting of the year Monday, Jan. 7. Burandt is new to the council, having won the Ward 3 [...Read More
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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...Read More
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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 [....Read More
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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...Read More
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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 las...Read More
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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 t...Read More
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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 mi...Read More
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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 Jorgen...Read More
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