Elk River Area School Board

by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School Board is wrestling with what to do with its smallest middle/high school in what has become the eighth largest district in the state. “We have one foot in one sandbox and one foot in another,” Superintendent Mark Bezek said of the internal big-versus-small-district budget mentality. “We’re [...]

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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 previous monthly meeting. The [...]

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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 reporting achievement based on standards. The schedule better [...]

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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 district in Minnesota, yet the district continues to receive far less funding than similar districts. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 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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