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The Stillwater Area School Board approved the termination of Kristen Hoheisel, SAPS director of finance and operations, on Sept. 3 following a closed session to discuss  legal matters. 

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Members of the Young Americans for Freedom placed 2,977 flags along the entryway to St. Croix Preparatory Academy in West Lakeland Township on Monday, Sept. 7, to commemorate the 2,977 victims who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Students returned to Stillwater Area Schools for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 8. It is the first time students have entered SAPS buildings since March when schools shut down for in-person learning due to of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The school board voted to approve the hiring of 11 additional teachers to support students this year. This includes two teachers for elementary, seven for middle school and two for the high school. The board also voted to reinstate four custodian positions that were cut as part of last year’…

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In June, Stillwater Area School District black students and alumni authored a letter to the school board addressing past racism in the district and advocated for new policies and programs that support diverse students currently attending school.

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Three candidates who originally filed for the Stillwater Area School Board have withdrawn their names from the ballot. The Gazette reported on Aug. 14 that sixteen candidates had filed for the five seats; however, candidates could remove their name by filing a withdrawal affidavit within two…

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As the start of the new school year is fast approaching, the Stillwater Area School Board has been holding several additional meetings to discuss how students will return with COVID-19 safety in mind.

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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.

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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…

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The Stillwater Area School Board voted June 30 to approve a contract with Afton-Lakeland principal Malinda Lansfedt to fill in as the interim superintendent until a permanent candidate is found.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…