Kringen's Korner

It appears that we have kind of reached a conclusion to the legislative session; however, there are certainly some things to be decided. This week’s column will summarize the impact of legislative action on your local school district. School Finance – Included is a 2% increase each year of the...
 One of my favorite events of the year is Graduation and this week’s column will reflect on a few thoughts for the Class of 2017. Graduation is the culmination of 13 years of school and all of this year’s graduates and their families should be proud of the accomplishment and should be congratulated...
One question that is apparently resurfacing in the communities we serve is the cost of the Deferred Maintenance Project; this week’s column will provide information to readers. The voter-approved bonds that were authorized in May of 2014 are funding all of the projects.  The bond proceeds are held...
One of the purposes of Kringen’s Korner is to provide readers with factual information and when needed to respond to incorrect information that is apparently being spread in the community.  This week’s column will discuss how the digital conversion project of your local school district is funded....
U.S. News and World Report has published their list of best High Schools in the State of Minnesota and states that the rankings are based on student achievement including graduation rates and scores on state proficiency tests. The magazine examined data for more than 22,000 high schools.  We are...
This week’s column will update readers on the replacement of the No Child Left Behind Act with new legislation called Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).   ESSA will be implemented at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. There are two significant differences that this writer understands between...
Summer is just a few short weeks away and this summer will be another busy one at your local school district as our Deferred Maintenance Project enters Phase IV.  This week’s column will discuss the major projects scheduled for completion this summer. The secondary school will see most of the work...
The information in this week’s column is based on an article and a presentation by the Minnesota Rural Education Association and this writer hereby cites that organization. The Minnesota House and Senate have given preliminary approval to an education spending plan that using one method of...
The Minnesota State High School League recently changed the assignment of schools for playoffs in high school sports.  While your local school district will remain a member of the Prairie Conference, we will see significant changes in the sports of basketball and football.  Please see our...
The Minnesota State Legislature is at work and this week’s column will update readers on the progress (or lack thereof) of the legislature on those issues that are critical to your school district. A reminder that the views expressed in this column are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect the...

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