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Barnum community speaks up on school budget cuts

With major upcoming monetary cuts in the Barnum school district, the community gathered to voice their opinions on those cuts at the school board’s working meeting held in the Barnum High School auditorium on Tuesday evening, February 4. Two main i...

 

Moose Lake Superintendent Indihar retiring

The news of Superintendent Robert Indihar's retirement was announced at the Moose Lake school board meeting on January 21. Indihar, who has served the community for over twenty years, thanked the...

 

Barnum School empowers admin to make cuts

With looming cuts on the horizon, the Barnum School board approved a resolution at their regular meeting on January 21 directing the administration to make reductions in programs and positions. The board unanimously approved the resolution which...

 

One act plays ready for competition

Sub-sections for the one act play competition will be occurring this weekend, with students from Barnum, Moose Lake, Willow River, and other local schools participating. Barnum High School will be...

 

Barnum School talks reductions

The Barnum school board convened for a doubleheader on January 7, holding the board’s reorganizational meeting first which was then followed by its working meeting. Superintendent Mike McNulty presented some numbers on possible non-personnel...

 

Moose Lake School Board finalizes positions and future meeting dates

Steven Blondo is set as the Chairperson of the board, approved at the Moose Lake School Board’s Reorganizational meeting on Monday, January 6. Jerry Pederson was approved as the Vice-Chairperson, and (although unable to attend the 3:30 meeting)...

 

$4,000 scholarship available for high school seniors

Scholarship “season” is underway at Lake Country Power. The rural electric co-op expects to award college scholarships valued at $4,000 each to more than 30 high school students in 2020. Scholarship recipients can qualify for up to $4,000 over fo...

 

Barnum School Board sets annual levy

The school levy is going up about $57,000 this year, as approved at the Barnum School Board meeting on December 17, and for a school district Barnum’s size, the levy is unusually small. Student representative to the school board and student...

 

Transportation co-op takes step forward

The board approved the transportation cooperative concept with Barnum at their regular meeting on December 16. The purpose of the transportation co-op will be to jointly use the resources of the Moose Lake and Barnum School Districts to the benefit...

 

Barnum Schools face looming cuts

Barnum Schools is looking at $750,000 in potential budget cuts for the fiscal years of 2020 and 2021. The budget is still being analyzed, and the specifics of those cuts will be discussed in the coming weeks by school administrators. At the working...

 

Parents voice concerns on school not meeting goals

A group of concerned parents and citizens came to voice their concerns over goals in the World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) plan not being met at the recent school board meeting on November 26. Under...

 

Barnum Schools transportation audit is a go

Bethany Helwig Barnum Schools’ transportation will be undergoing an audit after the board passed a motion hiring Watson Consulting Group to conduct the audit. The board agreed to the audit after a...

 

Peel approved for 3 more years as Willow River's superintendent

William Peel will serve as Willow River superintendent for another three years. The 2020-23 contract was approved by the school board at its regular meeting Tuesday, November 19, following his closed session evaluation. The district received a clean...

 

School Board to keep status quo

The Moose Lake School Board did not take any decisive action regarding the one-acre piece of property near the old school building. At the special meeting of the board on November 12, Superintendent...

 

Superintendent's Corner

I know I can not speak for the other school superintendents on their school's weather policy, but I know I share their concern when it comes to student safety. Since we have moved into November and it is Minnesota, the weather has changed. First,...

 

Student population affects Moose Lake School funding

The Moose Lake School Board discussed the student population at the school and the various groups within the population at the monthly meeting of the board on Monday, Oct. 21. “We had 31 percent of...

 

Audit report reviewed for Barnum Schools

The Barnum School Board accepted the audit report at the meeting of the board on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Andrew Grice from the auditing firm of BergenKDV presented the report. The report stated that 55...

 

Barnum Schools look to improve school climate

With the school year up and running, the Barnum School Board and staff discussed attending various workshops and conferences that are coming up, at the board working meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The...

 

Willow River Schools need reading tutors

Willow River schools still need two literacy tutors for the 2019-2020 school year according to Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps. The need is urgent and area residents are encouraged to apply now to begin helping students in October. B...

 

Questions of safety and discipline

It was anything but a normal meeting of the Willow River School Board on September 17. A number of parents attended and the board listened in a somber mood as two parents gave heart-wrenching,...

 

Barnum welcomes new high school principal

Gregg Campbell has come home. He is the new high school principal for the Barnum School District. "I married into the Barnum School District and both of our children are students at the Barnum Element...

 

Final levy for Moose Lake School may go down

The levy for the Moose Lake School District will probably go down, reported Business Manager Kara Burn to the Moose Lake School Board at its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 16. “The taxpayers will...

 

Barnum School sets maximum preliminary levy

The Barnum School Board set the 2019, payable 2020, preliminary levy at the maximum at the monthly meeting of the board on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The board will discuss the levy and budget at the Dec. 3...

 

The education results are in

The results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessment Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAs) for the 2018-2019 school year have been released to the public....

 

Moose Lake School Board updates priorities and goals

The Moose Lake School Board discussed updating the Strategic Goals for the next three to five years at a special meeting of the board on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The categories for goals are: Student...

 

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