North Branch school board

Before the board delved into its regular agenda Dec. 12, it took time to recognize Board Chairwoman Kim Salo, who was attending her last meeting as a member of the school board for North Branch Area Public Schools. At the Nov. 20 school board meeting, Salo announced her resignation from the board; she cited a […]

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Securing voter-approved operating levies hasn’t exactly been easy for North Branch Area Public Schools, but the district has been more successful with capital levies when construction is needed on buildings. At the North Branch Area Public Schools School Board meeting Thursday, Director of Finance and Human Resources Randi Johnson noted the district will need to […]

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Not so fast, readers who thought election news would be over after Nov. 7. In North Branch, the school board race was decided by a razor-thin margin. Candidate Aaron Gibbons garnered 2,256 votes to win the third seat on the board. Candidate Tim MacMillan secured one less vote than Gibbons. Chisago County Auditor Dennis Freed […]

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For a time at the school board meeting Nov. 8, it looked as though the District #138 School Board might not approve a plan to address higher than expected enrollment this school year. However, the school board eventually came to a decision and approved the aforementioned plan 5-1. School board member Trent Jensen cast the […]

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By MaryHelen Swanson Students at North Branch schools generally perform above state average on required tests. Last week, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Alternative Learning Lori Zimmerman gave the school board a report on MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments) test scores from 2011-12. Zimmerman began by noting that the children in the North Branch school system are […]

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Curious people want to know: how much has the North Branch school district saved by going to a 4-day school week? The answer provided at the July 12 school board meeting is over $500,000 for the two years of the alternate schedule. Superintendent Dr. Deb Henton shared the information noting that the gross savings for […]

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