Superintendent Mark Bezek
• Bond referendum and operating levy pass with 58 percent support of electorate by Jim Boyle Editor Voters in the Elk River Area School District approved both a bond referendum for more than $98 million and an 10-year annual operating levy for nearly $6 million Tuesday at the polls. Both question...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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This past Tuesday (Sept. 4) was the first day of school for more than 12,660 Elk River Area School District learners. On the whole we came as close to having a picture-perfect start to our 2012–2013 school year as is possible. Quite honestly, in my more than 30 years as a public educator, this was...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Superintendent Mark Bezek’s recent three-year contract extension will pay him handsomely — if he stays and does a great job. The Elk River Area School Board, which set out nine months ago to craft a deal that would keep their leader here and not out on the prowl for another j...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Rumors circulating in the community that Superintendent Mark Bezek had gotten one or more DWIs are not true. Upon receiving an anonymous email alleging Bezek had gotten several DWIs over a five-year period, the Star News checked with the Elk River Police Department to find out if...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor As members of the Elk River Area School Board wrestled on Monday, Jan. 30 with assembling a contract offer for Superintendent Mark Bezek, they considered how to handle sick time, vacation, health insurance and post-retirement benefits among other things. It was clear as each item...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Superintendent Mark Bezek told members of the Elk River Area School Board Monday night at a work session that the district needed to stop talking about becoming the district of choice and to start acting. “I’m worried quite the opposite is happening,” Bezek said in an impas...Read More
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Ten volunteers from the community and the school district met this week to develop the tools to monitor and assess the annual progress of a new strategic plan for the Elk River Area School District. The volunteers met Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 17 and 18, at the Handke Center in Elk River. The 10 a...Read More
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