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Kingsland Superintendent McDonald discusses proposed one site location


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Jackie Horsman

Over the past few years, Kingsland has been a school that has made leaps and bounds in the academic realm. It is now considered by many to be one of the most progressive and cutting edge schools in Minnesota, as well as a model for schools across the US. The list of accolades Kingsland has racked up is quite impressive, especially for a public school in a rural area.

For example, they are the first school in southeastern Minnesota to offer an in-house Associates of Arts Program, offering 86 college credits to qualified juniors and seniors; just one of their many academic achievements. Kingsland has been recognized nationally in media for their educational programs and implementations, as well as state wide and locally. The district has hosted teams of teachers from other districts, all eager to tour their facilities and meet with faculty because they feel Kingsland is the best and they can learn from the academic advances the school has made.

Superintendent John McDonald, along with the Kingsland School Board, believes one of the next steps for Kingsland to achieve academic growth is to move to a one site school. He explains that the process towards that decision began in October of 2011 when the district’s strategic plan was discussed. (All districts have a strategic plan that is updated/changed every few years so they do not become complacent and they are able to continue to grow.) McDonald says over 100 people were part of the process at that time; members of the district, the school community, business leaders, etc. The focus of the plan is explained as “Kingsland Public Schools is committed to an academically rich environment through the integration of 21st Century skills.”

The superintendent shared the strategic objectives that derived from meetings with community and school members that were set in March 2012. The goals are academically aggressive and range from attracting and obtaining highly effective teachers to identifying and assisting underachieving students. The strategic plan lists “Facilities that match our educational needs.”, however McDonald admits that there was no discussion of a one site school with the public who were in attendance.

Instead, he says, the board used the foundation of the strategic planning discussions to make the decision to go to a one site location. McDonald says, “The decision was based on what is the greatested e .....
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Letter about the Wykoff school...

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I totally concur with the letter by Lynn Kidd in the December 23 edition regarding the closing of the school in Wykoff. I served from 1999-06 at principal/teacher at St. John Lutheran in Wykoff. We were very appreciative of the exce ..... 
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Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department settles new contract with Wykoff

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Government

An updated contract with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department was approved at the December 9 Wykoff City Council meeting. The previous contract had been in effect for over 20 years and needed language updates and a liability clause to comply w ..... 
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Wykoff resident speaks out against Kingsland Board’s proposed closure of middle school

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

On October 21, the Kingsland School Board voted unanimously to close the middle school location in Wykoff and move to a single site school in Spring Valley. Along with the closure would come a referendum that would need to be approved to expand the ..... 
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Kingsland Schools hear concerns, transfers property

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present in addition to Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, mi ..... 
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Ray Walter Heidtke

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Ray Walter Heidtke, 78, of Roseville, Minn. passed away November 15, 2013. He was born on January 6, 1935, in Fountain, Minn., and graduated from Wykoff High School, Wartburg College, and Wartburg Seminary. Ray married Bunice Danneman of Fulda, M ..... 
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Christmas musical presentation

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Faith & Worship

“All I Want for Christmas”, a children’s Christmas musical, will be presented at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) on Sunday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. About 35 children from age 3 through sixth grade ..... 
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Joy K. Erdman

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Joy K. Erdman, of Wykoff, Minn., died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 outside her residence. Joy was born April 15, 1933 in Rochester to Henry and Clara (Lottes) Bicknese. Joy graduated from Wykoff High School in 1951. Following high school she work ..... 
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Who shut down the government?

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Yvonne Nyenhuis recently posted a letter stating the Republicans caused the shutdown, thus causing Memorial sites in the D.C. area to be closed...along with all other federally controlled areas. What on earth is the rationale behind ..... 
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