Sartell-St. Stephen school board readies distance learning plans

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com In what will become the standard at least for the near future, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board conducted its meeting via video conference March 23 and discussed the district’s coronavirus plans. School board Chair Jeremy Snoberger, Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert and Business Services Specialist Josh Bentley gathered in the board room at the District Service Center and

Class sizes, school day times set for Sartell-St. Stephen schools

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The start and end times for next year’s classes as well as the number of sections of each class and class sizes were approved by the Sartell-St. Stephen school board at its March 23 meeting. When school starts next year, the last step in the district’s massive building and class realignment takes place. When school starts

Lunches provided to Sartell-St. Stephen students during spring break

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A steady stream of cars rolled through the Sartell Middle School parking lot Monday, March 23, as people stopped by to pick up lunches for students during the district’s spring break. The district has worked with area businesses to provide pickup lunches for students who need them. Brandon Testa, House of Pizza/Pacific Wok,  organized the effort.

High-school-to-middle-school transformation nears completion

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The last big project in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s multi-year building and reconfiguration plan is nearing completion on Seventh Street N. Remodeling and construction work converting the 1993 high school that served grades nine through 12 to a middle school for sixth- through eighth-graders is more than 75 percent complete. “There’s more open access for

Residents urge fixes for dangerous Grizzly Lane

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Grizzly Lane used to be a pleasant road winding through the Celebration neighborhood in southwest Sartell, but in recent years it has morphed into a virtual speedway, making that route a potential death zone. At the March 9 City Council meeting, two Celebration residents spoke about their deep concerns during the Open Forum portion of the

Sartell graduation rate dips, but still remains high

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell High School’s graduation rate took a slight dip in 2019, but still remained well above the state average. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, 96.5 percent of students graduated in four years, compared with 83.7 percent statewide. The Sartell score dropped from 98.2 percent in 2018. Compared with other area districts, Sartell ranked behind