Superintendent Mark Bezek

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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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 [...]

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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 job, [...]

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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 they had issued the [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor The Elk River Area School Board approved a three-year contract extension for Superintendent Mark Bezek Wednesday night on a 5-1 vote. “This keeps a strong leader in an important position,” School Board Chairwoman Jolene Jorgensen said. “He has support and has shown the skills to do the job with the (development [...]

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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 made it onto the table, school [...]

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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 impassioned talk at the District [...]

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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 are [...]

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