St. Paul Public Schools
Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turning off sometimes-finicky students.
Big changes are in the works for the St. Paul School District. Officials are considering pushing back start times, beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
Hundreds of thousands of kids in St. Paul will soon be getting a better education. It’s not because their teachers are doing anything different. It’s because they’ll be able to see the board and their books better.
Officials with St. Paul Public Schools are apologizing after an 11-year-old boy was left sleeping on a bus. The incident happened last month at the end of the school day. The bus driver parked in the bus lot, but didn’t notice the sleeping student.
Representatives from some of the state’s largest school districts say there are more homeless children now than ever before. Superintendents from St. Paul and Minneapolis schools joined lawmakers on Wednesday to push for $100 million for more affordable housing.
School districts around the state are starting to make up days cancelled due to the extreme cold. In some cases, school was closed as many as six days this winter because of the sub-zero temperatures.
A St. Paul community school was evacuated Friday morning after a hallowed-out grenade was found in a student’s backpack, according to district officials. Police were called to Heights Community School on the city’s east side just after 11 a.m. Heights is part of the St. Paul Public School district, and serves students from prekindergarten through fifth grade.
The St. Paul teachers union says its members voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify the tentative contract agreement reached with the school district less than two weeks ago.
After three days of negotiation, Minneapolis Public Schools has reached a contract agreement with its teachers late Saturday night. The specifics of the contract have not yet been released, but the district released the following statement: “We believe this contract will improve our overall effectiveness by investing in teachers and students who are at the core of our work.”
Officials said a St. Paul elementary school is closed Tuesday due to a heating issue within the building. Toya Stewart Downey with St. Paul Public schools said classes will not be held at Battle Creek Elementary on Tuesday because the building does not have heat.
The extremely cold weather means more days off for students, and more headaches for parents and schools. Tuesday marks the fifth time many schools have closed this month, including a rare, statewide shutdown by Governor Mark Dayton. For Marisa Lee’s children, Iris and William, it’s starting to feel like these cold, school-free days are becoming the norm. “They are really excited, of course. They’re loving all the days off,” Lee said.
More severely cold temperatures are expected to hit Minnesota on Monday, and that means school could be cancelled yet again for thousands of students. Mary Olson, spokesperson for Anoka-Hennepin Schools, says the district has received many phone calls from parents asking if schools will be closed Monday due to the predicted cold. She says the district will wait until Sunday to make the call, but they will cancel school if the weather is cold as or colder than it’s been on previous “cold days.”
Thousands of school kids across the state got to stay home again Thursday because of the extreme cold. This is the third day this month, the sub-zero temperatures have kept students out of class and that’s very unusual for Minnesota school districts.
Frigid arctic air and brutal wind chills forecasted for Thursday have forced public schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul to cancel classes.
Minnesota’s largest school districts aren’t taking any chances with this bone-chilling cold. Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis, and St. Paul Public Schools will all be closed again Tuesday. The superintendents say it’s just too cold for students to wait for buses or walk to school.