Education

Students exceed state averages in latest test results Property owners in the Rush City school district may be seeing a 12.37 percent increase to the school portion of their property taxes next year. The Rush City School Board, on a 5-1 vote, approved the increase by passing the preliminary 2015 property tax levy at the [...]

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North Branch Area Public Schools Superintendent Deb Henton said at the Sept. 11 School Board meeting that the school year got off to a bit of a rocky beginning with delayed buses at the end of the first day of school, but since that time the district has had “an awesome start.” She then asked [...]

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The North Branch Area High School Homecoming Court for 2014 includes: Queen candidates Taylor Johnstone Stephanie Noyes Grace Olund Hanna Osland Gabrielle Schroeder King candidates Matthew Blomquist Michael Hensch Kyle Ketchmark Maxwell Southbloom Arik Steele The coronation ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The Court members will visit Ecumen, early childhood, Sunrise [...]

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You have read about just a few of the great things happening at North Branch Area Public Schools this year. What you may not know is some of the lesser-known impact of our new funding — improved class size. I have seen numerous emails from teaching staff with messages like “It’s hard to put into [...]

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Applications are now available for music education grants for K-12 students in St. Croix Valley schools. The Music Education Fund of the St. Croix Valley Foundation was established by Nyda Swanson in 2002.  The widow of Earl Swanson, former CEO of Andersen Corporation, saw the St. Croix Valley Foundation as a way to enhance the [...]

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This spring, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law new legislation to address bullying in public schools. Our school board passed a new policy in August, and copies of the policy (514) have been sent to all families and all staff members. Here are some things to know about the new anti-bullying law, from the Minnesota [...]

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