Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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On the first day of school at Viking Elementary School in Grand Forks, kindergarten students engaged in a basic routine. Forming a slightly clumsy line, the tykes walked outside the...
New funding for all-day kindergarten in Minnesota this year won’t make a dramatic difference for regional districts, said superintendents. Legislators approved a bill last year injecting $134 million into schools...
Two sixth grade students from Grand Forks journeyed to Mars this summer without leaving the ground.
Surrounded by coffee cups, plates of pancakes, papers and notebooks, seven senior citizens gathered at a Grand Forks restaurant to share their most embarrassing moments. The stories were short, not...
Fosston (Minn.) Superintendent Mark Nohner said he didn’t have a good answer for why 60 students won’t be attending his district this year. This is the loss he expects from...
Construction of a new elementary school on Grand Forks’ south end is on schedule and on budget, according to school officials.
East Grand Forks academic test scores declined last year, but Superintendent Dave Pace said he anticipated some regression. Local scores on the 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test dropped in math,...
Grand Forks Public School officials revealed guidelines for naming the district’s new elementary and asked the public to submit ideas during Monday’s School Board meeting. The school’s name can reflect the building’s location, locals who have made a significant contribution to society but not the name of a commercial development. The school is located in the city’s south end and set to open in 2015. Ali Parkinson, who will be the principal of the new school, told the School Board about the guidelines needed for the naming process.
The Grand Forks School Board approved a preliminary budget proposal that reduces property taxes for the 2014-2015 school year. Total revenue would be brought to $90.8 million, or a 4 percent increase from last year’s actual revenue, and the tax levy would be lowered from 89.78 to 82 mills, according to a proposal approved by the finance committee last week. For a house with a market value of $100,000, the owner would pay $464.85 in taxes, an $8.28 savings compared to last year.
Per-student spending by the Grand Forks School District has spiked compared to other districts, but school officials are confused by some of the reported increases.