Tricounty News

November 23 EV-W Update


Building Project:

The past week of construction includes the completion of all exterior concrete work to sidewalks, stairs, and curbing. Hanson Construction performed some minor modifications to improve the visual appearance at the top of the southwest pre-cast panel. We also approved a 5-foot band of white acoustical treatment to be sprayed around the top of the gym to improve sound quality and speaker performance. In addition, contractors plan to install more windows and the aluminum entrances in the office and lobby next week. Other vendors and construction progress includes office and bathroom painting, tile installation in bathrooms, and fire protection and sprinkler installation. Again, we’re very excited about the project, ongoing progress, and direction provided by Kraus-Anderson Construction.

Please stop in for a visit with your questions and comments, and be sure to exercise caution when you’re in the proximity of the construction zone.

Sequestration:

This is my attempt to provide you with some information and background on sequestration and what it means to educational stakeholders. It’s been well documented that schools have faced continued budget constraints, and that we rely on our State and Federal Governments to provide a Free & Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for all students.

To avoid a government shutdown in 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which increased the national debt ceiling in exchange for reductions to federal deficits. The Budget Control Act states that if $1.2 trillion in savings is not approved, across-the-board cuts will go into effect in January, 2013.

So far, Democrats and Republicans have been unable to reach an agreement on balancing the budget. Sequestration cuts would be implemented if our lawmakers’ fail to reach an agreement by January. It’s been reported that education would see its largest cut ever, at about 8.2 percent. If implemented, we would see cuts in funding for Title-One, Early Childhood, and programs for children with special needs. Let’s work together and encourage our lawmakers to reach consensus on the budget, and avoid the devastating cuts of sequestration.

Area School Districts:

Area school districts experienced good passage rates for their operating levy during the election. MSBA’s annual referenda survey shows 29 of 40 school districts or 73 percent passed at least one operating levy question. Area districts with at least one operating levy question passing include: Delano, Paynesville Area, ROCORI, and Sauk Rapids-Rice.

Quote of the Week:

“Students are more successful in school when their parents and school personnel work closely and cooperatively.”  
-Todd Whitaker

Senior of the Week:

The EV-W School District would like to recognize Karlee Hanson, daughter of Randy and Michelle. Karlee is an outstanding art and foreign language student, and on path to graduate with 16 college credits. Her service and leadership has been demonstrated with countless hours committed to various mission trips, class secretary, MSHSL Art League, and the Healthy Communities initiative. EV-W faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!