Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a journalism degree.
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The Red Wing School Board has selected two very different candidates as finalists for the superintendent position. Karsten Anderson and Virginia Dahlstrom were selected Wednesday night, following first-round interviews Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Anderson is the current superintendent at Watertown-Mayer Public Schools. He has 13 years of experience as a superintendent - 10 of which were at Watertown-Mayer - and is also a former school district business manager. Dahlstrom is superintendent at Wadena-Deer Creek.
Tagalongs. Thin Mints. Trefoils. Almost everyone has a favorite kind of Girl Scout cookie. For Junior Scout Riley Marty, her top pick is Samoas.
After first round interviews this week, the Red Wing School Board will invite two candidates for the superintendent position back for a second interview. The board chose Karsten Anderson and Virginia Dahlstrom as finalists, following the final interview Wednesday afternoon. The official approval of these finalists will come in the board's regular meeting on Monday. Anderson is the current superintendent of Watertown-Mayer Public Schools and has 13 years experience as a superintendent.
More than 7 million children in the United States have asthma. In 2009, over half of them suffered attacks and were at risk of hospitalization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
A Cannon Falls High School graduate has returned safely from a three-week trip to Egypt. Maren Peterson, a senior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., arrived in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, her mother, Jane Peterson, said. Peterson and approximately 70 other members of the college's band left for Egypt Jan. 9. The students spent time touring the country, going to events and performing. They were originally to return to South Dakota Jan. 29, Jane Peterson said. When protests began in Cairo last week, the Augustana students had just arrived in that city.
Cannon Falls Superintendent Todd Sesker has accepted the superintendent position at Faribault Public Schools. He will begin his new position July 1, Faribault Public Schools report. Sesker has worked at Cannon Falls for nine years. In an interview with the R-E last month, Cannon Falls School Board Chairman Bob Brintnall commended Sesker on his fiscal planning, communications and public relations skills. "Wherever the direction takes Todd, he's been good for the school district and we wish him well," Brintnall said last month. Sesker was one of five semi-finalists for the position.
Red Wing school employees wouldn't receive a pay raise for two years under a bill that passed a senate committee vote 9-7 last week. The bill faces at least one more committee hearing before it reaches a full Senate vote. Brad Johnson, Red Wing School District's finance director, said if the bill passes, it would free up about $300,000 to $400,000 in the district's budget. Given what Johnson calls the "frightening" $6 billion state deficit, he says they are keeping a close eye on the school's finances.
Science experiments are often a lot of work: they need time and research, require precision and accuracy and take planning and ambition. For St. John's Lutheran Elementary students, they're also a good time. "I had fun doing it," sixth-grader Ben Domagala said about his experiment for the school's science fair, held this past week in St. John's Church basement.
Jill Kenyon took the helm of the Colvill Family Center in August. So far, the early childhood coordinator likes what she sees. "The programs in Minnesota have just impressed me so much," she said. But that's not to say that she doesn't see room for improvement. Kenyon says she wants Colvill to be the best. "Let's be the heartbeat of all the preschool options in town. We should be the role models," she said. "Let's be that shining star." Supt.
It's called cluster grouping: six or seven high-achieving students are placed in classrooms with mixed-ability learners. Every student benefits because teachers are better trained to tailor curriculum to individual students rather than teach the whole class in the same way. The goal is that each student is challenged and no student becomes bored with the material.