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Superintendent's Corner

The Moose Lake School Board has begun planning for a referendum this spring or summer to complete projects at the Moose Lake Community School that were not part of the final workplan funded by the 2014 referendum. Meetings have already been held...

 

Barnum considers multi-district classrooms

The Barnum School Board elected officers at the organizational meeting of the board on Wednesday, January 2. The new school board member, Beth Schatz, was welcomed to the board. Paul Coughlin was...

 

New year, exciting plans

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it is already January and the year is 2019. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and had time to re-energize to get through the next few months of winter. Willow River Area School was busy over the holiday...

 

School taxes in Barnum remain low

The school taxes in Barnum have gone down, it was reported at the working meeting of the Barnum School Board on Tuesday, Dec. 4, during the Truth in Taxation report. “The taxes have gone down by...

 

Willow River principal rethinks how MCA downtime is spent

The Willow River School Board approved the 2019 levy at its regular meeting Tuesday, December 18. The levy will be a 1.79 percent decrease from last year, Business Manager Laura Carlson reported...

 

2019 Barnum levy approved

The Barnum School Board set the levy at $733,166.04, which is a 1.67 percent drop from last year’s levy of $749,590.59, at the monthly meeting of the board on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The board also approv...

 

Moose Lake 2019 tax levy sees 2% increase

The Moose Lake City Council discussed the Small Area Land Plan at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12. The plan for the school district property had been shown to the public at a presentation...

 

ICS recommends referendum

Lynn Dyer and Kevin Warmuth of ICS met with the Moose Lake School Board to once again narrow down the list of facilities that is needed to finish the athletic complex at the Moose Lake school on...

 

Moose Lake media center receives funding for youth coding programs

Moose Lake Community School's library/media center announced recently that they have received $500 from the American Library Association (ALA) to help plan and implement coding activities during Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week 2018 (December...

 

Use of e-cigarettes, dress code discussed

The use of e-cigarettes and the dress code were two areas of concern that the Student Council representative, Henry Collier, brought to the Barnum School Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20. “T...

 

Despite initial trepidation over MCA scores, ML resident regains confidence

Byron Kuster of Moose Lake was very concerned about the low MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) scores at the Moose Lake Community School that came out in early October. The tests were given in...

 

Enrollment in Barnum is dropping

The enrollment at the Barnum Schools is dropping. Superintendent Dave Bottem reported at recent school board meeting that the families aren’t moving out of the school district, there are just less...

 

Moose Lake School looking at future needs

Two staff members of ICS, the firm that is assisting with planning the proposal for the athletic complex, Early Childhood playground and completing other needs at the Moose Lake Community School met...

 

Moose Lake ACT scores above state average

Moose Lake High School’s average ACT score increased in 2018 and continues to remain above the Minnesota average score. Moose Lake Community School’s composite score for 2018 was 22.0, an increase from 21.6 in 2017. The Minnesota average was...

 

Willow River approves new playground sets

Students who performed well on their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments last spring received commendation from the Willow River School Board at their regular meeting Tuesday, October 16....

 

Emphasizing phonics

As the superintendent I get put in situations where I am constantly learning new things. Last year we were not satisfied with our reading scores and I spent time going over the latest research on teaching reading. We were seeing a trend we did not...

 

Upcoming opportunities to help

Our school board has made the commitment to replace some of our playground sets. Outdoor recess is a necessary part of our students’ day. Kids love the opportunity to run, play, and renew their physical and mental energies. Upgraded playground...

 

MCA math scores in ML take a 'dive'

The data from last spring MCA tests were presented to the Moose Lake School Board at the monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 15. “Unfortunately, we didn’t meet the goals for math and reading,” said...

 

Test scores are an emerging concern at Moose Lake Schools

When the Moose Lake School District was promoting the new school before people voted on the $34.7 million bond referendum, one reason given for a new school was that more students would come to Moose...

 
 By Dan Reed    Local News    October 4, 2018

Cromwell-Wright School breaks ground for tech addition

Ground breaking for a $5+ million Industrial Technology Addition to the Cromwell-Wright School occurred September 21 with a strong presence from area labor leaders and Cromwell-Wright area citizens....

 

Willow River approves maximum levy

At the September 18 Willow River school board meeting, the board approved the maximum for all levy categories for 2018 payable 2019. "We want to remain flexible in case we have a change ... so I...

 

'This changes everything'

The Moose Lake School District can get 60 percent off on the bond for the athletic complex improvements, Jodie Zesbaugh of Ehlers told the Moose Lake School Board at its monthly meeting on Monday,...

 

Barnum kicks off new mentoring program

New this year, Barnum High School started a mentoring program to help acclimate incoming seventh graders to the high school. Throughout the year, a group of trained 10th and 11th graders (the Bomb...

 

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