School District 728

As a resident of the 728 school district communities, a parent of two school-aged children and an involved participant in school activities, I encourage all residents to show their support to the school district in the upcoming election. I believe most-many-all of us show our support every day in different ways. I know that support […]

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As longtime parents in the district, we would like to share some of the changes that we have seen over the past 16 years (we have two older children who graduated in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and now have a daughter who is in fourth grade). Over the course of our time in the district, […]

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On Nov. 6, voters will be asked to make an important decision. One of the questions voters will be asked to consider is whether to increase the school district’s general education revenue by an additional $400 per student. For the average homeowner, this cost would be approximately $13.67 per month for a home valued at […]

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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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by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School Board approved a modification to the 2012–2013 school calendar to provide two, two-hour early release days for teachers. They have been scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, and Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. These four hours will be used by educators to complete grading, report cards, planning, […]

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Zimmerman High School: Jeff Anderson Imaginative student makes learning adventurous by Bruce Strand Sports editor Jeff Anderson is already developing into the proverbial mad scientist. Among the independent projects the Zimmerman valedictorian has taken up are: •Turning a satellite dish into a concave mirror solar cooker. (“We couldn’t get it warm enough in May so […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Any thoughts members of the Elk River Area School Board had of adding an election district dissipated when they saw a set of newly proposed election districts. It would have been a lot more work — and expense  — if they decided to change the number of election districts. Currently there […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The state of Tennessee decides on the number of prison beds it will need down the road by the number of children who can’t read by the end of third grade. Minnesota uses different mathematical formulas, but the same correlation could probably be made. “Reading by third grade is a critical […]

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by Bruce Strand Sports editor Tony Sarsland, one of the most prominent prep coaches in the state with 588 hockey wins at Elk River, abruptly resigned Friday, Feb. 10, under fire. Sarsland’s sudden departure, which got metro-wide coverage, comes as he is the subject of an investigation by the school district, according to Casey Mahon, […]

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