Education

After a decision last month to not bring a bond referendum to voters this fall, the Forest Lake Area School Board voted Sept. 4 to bring another facilities vote to the public on May 19, 2015, almost exactly a year after this year’s failed referendum on May 20. The decision came after a School Board [...]

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Olivia Koester ABC Newspapers This fall, when students arrive at Karner Blue, a new school in Blaine that serves the Forest Lake Area School District, they experience an educational environment like no other. Swings hang from the ceiling. Sensory rooms allow students to change the color of the walls and listen to music. Hallways curve [...]

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The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are statewide tests that measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Last week the Minnesota Department of Education released the results of reading, math and science tests taken in March, April and May. Students took the science test if they were [...]

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“When you look at traditional classrooms, it’s almost like they’re invented to make parents think they’re cute,” said Cheryl Smoczyk, early childhood support manager at Forest Lake Area Schools. Bright colors are everywhere, and stereotypical “kid stuff” lines the walls. However, she said, the Forest Lake district preschools don’t follow convention. When kids are inside, [...]

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The Forest Lake school board approved spending $272,756 in 2014-2015 for three school resource officers. The cost will increase in 2015-2016 to $281,987. The vote was unanimous, with four board members present at the Aug. 21 meeting. Through a joint powers agreement with the city of Forest Lake, the school district pays for a full-time [...]

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Scott Geary wants his students to explore. Instead of focusing only on subjects they know they will excel in, the new principal at Southwest Junior High hopes they will test new waters. “My advice to students is to try everything,” he said. “Junior high and high school are about trying things you’re not familiar with [...]

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