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KARLSTAD, Minn.—A Karlstad school is suggesting residents pay an additional $1,500 per student for the next five years. The Tri-County School Board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that sets a proposed levy referendum at $2,776 per student—up from the current $1,276—to help restore the district's general fund, according to Superintendent Dave Sorgaard. Residents can vote on the proposed referendum Nov.
A small group of parents gathered Thursday at Target in Grand Forks. Scanning the shelves, they remained focused as they searched for folders, markers and binders. "Four dollars for three...
After years of heavy discussion between school officials and the community over how to manage crowded southend schools—as well as weekly meetings among dozens of teams—the hard work has paid off. The first day of school is Aug. 31.
Community donations are giving hundreds of area children a head start on school supplies this fall. The Grand Forks Salvation Army accepted boxes of folders, markers, crayons and other school supplies Thursday as part of its annual Stuff the Bus campaign. Lindy Sund, a social worker for the organization, said 446 students within Grand Forks County and the city of East Grand Forks will be helped. This event is important because the families the Salvation Army assists are employed but still struggle financially, she said. "In the beginning of the school year, they get hit with school fees,
High summer temperatures will likely reach their peak this week, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. August weather has remained characteristically hot, with temperatures approaching 90 degrees or higher this week through Saturday.
Reagan Gaukler, 9, will tell you Betsy Ross is her heroine. Almost from memory, the Grand Forks student can recite a short story she wrote explaining why. "Without her, the United States of America would not have a flag," she said. "She was a small woman who devoted her life to her country. Even though she was a Quaker, she was as much a patriot as George Washington." By now, Gaukler knows the story well.
East Grand Forks residents will be making a $20.6 million decision this fall. A bond referendum covering renovations and additions to Senior High School—roughly 61,000 square feet of additional space—will be up for public vote Nov.
The Grand Forks School Board approved on Monday the 2015-17 principals contract. Members of the Grand Forks Principals Association agreed to an offer of a 3.25 percent increase across all salaries the first year and a 2.76 percent increase the second year. There are roughly 25 principals and associate principals represented in the association. Both sides nearly reached a tentative agreement last week when they met for the first and only contract discussion.
No resident spoke at a public hearing Monday about a possible increase in taxes paid to the Grand Forks School District. The School Board unanimously approved a preliminary budget proposal that keeps the same mill levy rate as last year — 97.36 mills — but results in a 2.5 percent increase to property taxes because of increased property values. For a $100,000 home, that means a $449.07 tax bill — a $10.95 increase from last year. Districts are required by law to notify residents of a public hearing for any property tax increase on existing property.
A Grand Forks girl dashed across a sprawling green lawn to a tree dotted with small, child-made bird feeders. Ali Beeghly-Linert, 5, couldn't wait to show visitors on Tuesday around an outdoor classroom at Grand Forks Montessori Academy. "These are birdfeeders!" she said. "We used sunflowers to make it. This one's mine, I think.