After Stillwater Area School District assistant superintendent Dr. Bo McDowell announced that he had taking the position of superintendent of the Hastings school district, the ISD 834 school board needed to find a replacement. The board held a special meeting July 13 to select their pick.
The 2020 election this fall could lead to a big shake up on the Stillwater Area School Board. During the July 9 meeting, boardmember Mark Burns announced his intention to resign from his spot on the board. Burns, elected in 2018, has two year left on his term. He joins board member Shelley P…
Students, staff and elders of the Stillwater Area Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) gathered June 22 to honor outgoing Superintendent Denise Pontrelli with a traditional ceremony. Pontrelli received a Pendleton blanket blessed with ceremonial incense and the well wishes of th…
In a 5-2 vote, the Stillwater Area School Board voted June 11 to approve a separation agreement with district superintendent Denise Pontrelli. Pontrelli’s last day will be July 1.
District employees are showing their support for Stillwater Area High School Superintendent Denise Pontrelli through signed letters to the school board. Pontrelli and the district have had a tense relationship for the last two years. In July 2019, the board voted 5-2 to negotiate a separatio…
Students who missed out on many senior traditions this spring were honored during Stillwater Area High School’s first-ever virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 30.
The Stillwater Area High School Class of 2020 was honored with a Pony Pride Graduation Parade on Friday, May 29. The parade started at SAHS before heading north into Stillwater before finishing up on Main Street at the south end of downtown.
The transition from high school senior to high school graduate is one often filled with unknowns. For the graduates of Stillwater Area High School Class of 2020, this step is filled with even more unknowns and — unfortunately — sacrifices due to COVID-19 restrictions.
An employee of the Stillwater Area School District is claiming the district and the school board chair violated the Minnesota Open Meeting Law, the statute protecting whistleblowers and the Minnesota Data Practices Act in a lawsuit filed May 5 in Washington County District Court.
As the effects of COVID-19 continue to disrupt operations at Stillwater Area Public Schools, the school board and administration grapple with how to address the future impacts to schedules and finances.
The Stillwater Area School District received support from the Lake Elmo planning commission for its plans to remedy the on-going issues with its bus terminal project.
Many of the activities and social opportunities eagerly anticipated by seniors each spring leading up to their high school graduation have been curtailed or eliminated entirely in response to COVID-19, but School Area Public Schools is working to ensure those students feel appreciated during…
Students went back to learning Monday for the first time in three week as the spread of COVID-19 extended Stillwater Area Public Schools’ spring break. Unlike the traditional fall back-to-school season, students met with teachers in a virtual school system.
During the March 19 meeting, the Stillwater Area School board authorized an investigation into the district’s new bus terminal located in Lake Elmo.
In response to COVID-19 in Minnesota and Washington County, community television station Valley Access Channels (VAC) will be producing two roundtable discussions on the Stillwater and surrounding communities response to the virus.
After almost a year of planning, Chesterton Academy of the St. Croix Valley is set to open as an independent campus in Stillwater for the 2020-21 school year.
Five years after voters in the Stillwater Area School District approved a $97 million facility bond, the board received a recommendation from its new facility community – this time with a larger price tag. The school board heard a list of capital improvements totaling $250 million during its…
The Stillwater Area School Board is seeking more information about what the future demographics of the district may look like, and how they can use that information to make a future decision about the boundaries of the district’s elementary and middle schools. Due to growth in housing in Lak…
After spending $2 million in improvements, the Stillwater Area School District may be kicked out of its new bus terminal by the city of Lake Elmo. The Lake Elmo city council voted Jan. 21 to deny a request by the district for an amendment to its conditional use permit, which could end with t…
When did you first think about what you wanted to be when you grew up? Teachers and staff at Oak-Land Middle School are piloting a program that could help all students in the Stillwater Area School District start to think about post-high school education and career plan before entering high school.
The talent and creativity of St. Croix Valley area youth will be on display for the 12th annual Da Vinci Fest on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Stillwater Area High School.
While other municipalities are looking at the end of the calendar year and planning out the next year’s budget, the school districts are only midway through its budget year. The Stillwater Area School Board discovered that its financial position is better than planned during a mid-school yea…
As the Stillwater Area School Distirct heads into the last year of it’s three-year strategic plan, the district’s World’s Best Workforce Community Advisory Committee works to give the school board its recommendations on how the district can meet state requirements.
Imagine you are going to your child’s school for the first time, waiting to meet their teacher and wanting to start the school year with all the right information to make sure your child is doing their best. When you enter the building, the signs are in a language you don’t understand well, …
Administration of the Stillwater Area Public Schools is preparing to roll out a new way of helping high school students select elective courses, and presented their plan Nov.6 to one group of people they hope to impress — Stillwater’s business community.
This past summer, St. Croix Preparatory Academy students Ben Silvernale and Arian Tomar received sponsorships to participate in a week-long summer business, career, and financial literacy camp, Minnesota Business Venture (MBV). Andersen Foundation provided the sponsorship for the students to…
A quorum of Stillwater Area school board members was present at a committee meeting last week, leading to questions if the board complied with the Open Meeting Law.
With a delay in bus facility improvements, the Stillwater school board approved a second extension of the Stagecoach property where the district houses its bus fleet at the Aug. 22 meeting.
The St. Croix Valley Foundation (SCVF) is accepting applications for its Music Education Competitive Grant Program. Music Education grants support programs that enhance the quality of K-12 music programs for schools located in the St. Croix Valley.
The Stillwater school board rejected a motion to explore mediation with Superintendent Denise Pontrelli at the Thursday, Aug. 8 board meeting.
Stillwater Area Public Schools Superintendent Denise Pontrelli alleged a school board member asked her to resign before her June 12 evaluation session.
Community members packed Stillwater City Hall Thursday, July 25 to let the Stillwater school board know how they feel about a potential separation agreement with the district’s Superintendent Denise Pontrelli.
Local nonprofit FamilyMeans will host a Beer and Wine Tasting Social Aug. 1 where proceeds will support school-based mental health in Stillwater Public Schools.
The Stillwater school board will begin discussions that include a possible separation agreement with Superintendent Denise Pontrelli soon, said Board Chair Mike Ptacek.