Mankato District enrollment to approach 8,500, 48 new teachers hired as school year starts next week

By |2018-08-29T14:45:05-05:00August 29th, 2018|

Mankato Area Public Schools are preparing for the start of the new school year next week with plenty of new faces around the District. This week all teachers are participating in workshops and preparing for the school year, which begins on Tuesday for 9 through 12 grades and the first full district day is on Thursday, September 6. Superintendent Sheri Allen says across the district they have 48 new teachers this year. ISD 77 Superintendent, Sheri Allen. "You know, retirements, additions, people moving into other jobs when they're open. But we have a total of 115 new staff. So [...]

Saint Peter Council ok’s vacating portion of Lincoln Drive in front of Middle School to improve safety

By |2018-08-17T14:56:18-05:00August 17th, 2018|

Saint Peter has approved the vacation of Lincoln Drive in front of the Middle School, a move meant to improve safety on the stretch of road between Broadway Avenue and West Grace Street. Flowing conversion of the former High School building into the Middle School last year, 5th through 8th grade students were exiting the cafeteria on the street side during their lunch break. Closing the portion of roadway is said to provide students with a safe crossing and allow for future improvements on both sides of the street, as the district owns the property on both sides of Lincoln Drive. [...]

$19.5M bond request to go before Cleveland School District voters on August 14

By |2018-07-31T11:55:06-05:00July 31st, 2018|

After two previous failed attempts to pass a bond referendum for major improvements to classrooms and the gymnasium, voters in the Cleveland School District will again decide the fate of the measure during the August 14 primary election. A recent survey found 66-percent of households in the district said repairs need to be made at the school and 78-percent of respondents indicated that updated educational spaces are critical to preparing students for the future. After a year-long break from the last bond request, Superintendent Brian Phillips says the results of the survey were very encouraging. "If this continues to fail, kicking [...]

Governor veto’s tax conformity bill, pushing for education funding for St. James and other districts

By |2018-05-17T15:29:26-05:00May 17th, 2018|

Governor Mark Dayton on Thursday morning followed through on his promise to veto a new tax conformity bill after issuing an ultimatum that the bill had to include 138-million dollars in emergency funding for education. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says he understands the situation. "We gotta do the tax conformity, everybody knows that. So, that moves us towards responsible action," said Johnson. "But I think the Governor is making a very fair request. We're having schools laying off teachers and that means larger class sizes and fewer opportunities for kids. That's never good for Minnesota. So, I think addressing that [...]

Area School Districts still struggling with gap in funding to provide special education

By |2018-04-17T17:16:21-05:00April 17th, 2018|

Officials say the special education funding system in Minnesota is not keeping pace with rising cost to provide mandated services, resulting in major gaps in revenue and expenditures for many local districts. Special Education doesn't come cheaply, which is why the federal government in the 1970's mandated that 40-percent of the additional cost be funded, but it has never lived up to that threshold. ISD 77 Superintendent, Sheri Allen. As for the gap in the Mankato District, Special Education is underfunded by 5.9-million dollars a year due to only receiving 18-percent to cover costs, according to Superintendent Sheri Allen. [...]

Johnson hopes to secure funding for pilot project for at risk youth in Mankato School District

By |2018-03-14T13:25:21-05:00March 14th, 2018|

A local lawmaker is working to secure funding for a pilot project in the Mankato School District that would increase mental health support for at risk youth. The project would be administered by Blue Earth County Human Services to implement functional family therapy for students from 11 to 18-years old. Therapy would take place in homes, juvenile correctional facilities and at schools in the district. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says he’s working on the bill with fellow area lawmakers, House Representative Jack Considine (D-Mankato) and Senator Nick Frentz (D-North Mankato). "It really builds on a collaboration in the Mankato [...]

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