Education

Angela Harvala, a fifth grade teacher at Princeton’s North Elementary School, was surprised by the Milken Family Foundation as Minnesota’s latest recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. The national award recognizes outstanding excellence in education and includes a $25,000 cash prize. Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Dr. Jane Foley, foundation senior vice president for [...]

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The Princeton School Board has been discussing the possibility of submitting a bid to the city to purchase the former police station that the police department vacated nearly a year ago. The former police station is located between City Hall and the school district’s building that houses school district administrative offices, the community education office, [...]

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Another form of state testing shows the Princeton School District is improving in proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction, graduation rates and more. The district saw a “significant increase” in the scores from the state’s Multiple Measurements Rating, or MMR, and Focus Ratings for 2014, said the district’s director of teaching and learning, Julie Williams, this [...]

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With a total fund balance of nearly $12.51 million, the Princeton School District is in financially stable condition. Nancy Schulzetenberg, with the accounting firm, KDV, has cautioned the School Board to closely monitor its enrollment. Sculzetenberg raised the concern while presenting the school district’s 2013-14 year audit report to the board Oct. 21. Schulzetenberg pointed [...]

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Monsanto has given the Princeton School District a $10,000 grant through the agricultural company’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Farmers have to nominate their school district to apply for such a grant, and a number of local farmers did. They were Judy Gerth, Dennis Haubenschild and son Bryan, Daniel and Karol Orton, Brian D. Orton [...]

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The Princeton School District is going to refinance $10.7 million in an existing bond series with a goal of saving at least $800,000 over an approximately nine-year period. The board, in a 5-1 vote on Oct. 7, passed a resolution authorizing Superintendent Julia Espe and School Board Chair Deb Ulm to approve a refinancing bond [...]

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The Princeton School District is preparing for a 29 percent increase in its tax levy for the 2015 tax year — an increase that is sure to result in tax increases for many, if not most of, Princeton-area property owners. But don’t be mistaken. Taxes are not increasing 29 percent. Because of an intricate formula [...]

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