Education

The start of a new school year can mean a big bite out of the family budget. With tighter classroom budgets and a demand for high tech teaching, teachers are reaching out to parents to fill the gap in learning supplies. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the average family with children in grades [...]

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Here are two pieces of encouraging news about Minnesota’s public schools. First, the state teachers union has agreed on the potential value of yearly teacher evaluations. Second, a just-released report, “Quality Compensation,” encourages Minnesotans to build on success from a formerly controversial reform called Q Comp, which provided extra funds to districts and charters that [...]

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To support students as they go back to school, Community Thread and United Way of Washington County-East are teaming up with the Stillwater Area School District to collect school supplies, sort supplies for hygiene kits and assemble healthy snack packs for students through the Stuff the Bus initiative on Tuesday, August 26. According to the [...]

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Since the announcement during the March 13 meeting that class sizes in some elementary school could reach 35 students in a classroom, the Stillwater Area School District has been working to lessen the most extreme projected class size. During the Aug. 7 meeting, the school board was notified that some steps have paid off to [...]

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For the past decade, the expenditures of the Stillwater Area School District have exceeded its revenues and have brought the unassigned fund balance below 5 percent of the annual budget, or roughly $5 million. This fund represents the reserve of money that is carried over into the next fiscal year by the school district, and [...]

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With declining enrollment and deficit spending, the Stillwater Area School District plans to take a hard look at its financial situation. For the next five months, a financial study group will meet to analyze the district’s budget and create future financial recommendations for the school board. “School finance is an incredibly complex thing,” said Kristen [...]

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