Thursday, May 2, 2013
The school district is accepting nominations through June 28.
The Shakopee School District is hoping to inspire students with a new "Hall of Fame" for notable alumni. The district is taking nominations through its website for alumni who have "achieved distinction" through their professional, personal or community accomplishments. Alumni selected by the school district and the Shakopee Educational Endowment Foundation will have their names listed on a plaque in Shakopee High School. The selection committee will use the following criteria to select nominees: a) Nominees must be a graduate of Shakopee Public School. b) Nominees not meeting the criteria but who have made a significant impact or contribution to the Shakopee Public Schools may be recommended by the Shakopee Public Schools Hall of Fame to …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Shakopee School Board plans to open a new high school facility in fall 2017. But board members are discussing how best to configure the schools: Two 9-12 schools, or a model with one 9-10 school and one 11-12 school?
No one's in dispute: With more students projected, the Shakopee School District needs more space. And the school board has already made up its mind to create a new facility as opposed to expanding Shakopee High into a "mega-school." But school board members are still undecided about how to split up the student body once the new facility opens (hopefully) in fall 2017, the Shakopee Valley News reported. The decision is between two models. One, the traditional model, would be to leave Shakopee High School as is and turn the new school into a ninth- through 12th grade high school with capacity for about 1,600 students. The other choice, the "stacked" model, would turn both Shakopee High and the new building into a two-grade schools so that …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Shakopee News report: FCA to use meeting space at the high school as well as access to high school announcements.
The Shakopee School Board has decided to approve the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a school district-recognized club, according to this report in the Shakopee News. The decision allows the FCA to use meeting space at the high school as well as access to high school announcements. Scott Tiedens, a health teacher at SHS, agreed to monitor and support the club. Because it involves religion, school staff can monitor the group’s activities, but neither staff nor the school can promote the organization or encourage students to join.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Shakopee School Board members spent the last two weeks seeking input on naming options and chose East and West to differentiate between the two schools.
Shakopee School Board members unanimously chose names for the two junior high schools at Monday's regular meeting – Shakopee Junior High East and Shakopee Junior High West. Board members had spent the last two weeks seeking input and reflecting on options which also included West Ridge Junior High School and East Wood Junior High School. All board members said they'd heard positive feedback on the east and west options, although concern was raised about whether that would be divisive. Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke said on Facebook Monday that he hoped they didn't go with east and west. "We have enough east (versus) west as it is and don't need to emphasize it," he wrote. He said he liked an earlier stated option of Spencer/Marschall the best…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The naming committee presented three options to the Shakopee School Board.
Starting next school year, Shakopee will have two junior high schools for grades 7-9. In accordance with school board policy, current Shakopee Middle School Principal John-Paul Jacobson and Shakopee Junior High School Principal Chris Endicott organized a naming committee to develop possible names for the junior high schools. The principals presented the names to the Shakopee School Board on Apr. 9. In addition to Jacobson and Endicott, the naming committee consisted of administrators, parents, teachers, and students who represented both schools, explained Endicott. The committee took into account the history of the community as part of their process for developing names. Jacobson noted that committee members also discussed the types of …
Friday, February 10, 2012
At just 25, Carla Shutrop is serving on the school board in her hometown of Shakopee. Recently elected chair of the board by her peers, Shutrop, who works at the Department of Veterans Affairs, credits her leadership position in part to the Gustavus Colle
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Shakopee School Board voted unanimously to appoint Scott Swanson to the board position left open when Tony Bonsante resigned in September.
The Shakopee School Board voted unanimously to appoint Scott Swanson to the board position left open when Tony Bonsante resigned in September. During a special meeting on Nov. 30 that was open to the public, board members and board members-elect interviewed three candidates. Besides Swanson, the two others who were interviewed were recent school board candidate Jeremy Casper and former Shakopee Mayor Bill Mars. After the interviews, the board decided to appoint Swanson to the two-year position. Bonsante was elected to the board in November 2009 and had two years left in his term of service. Swanson will serve on the board until December 2013. Swanson, 40, is an assistant vice president with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. He is married with …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Jeremy Casper, Bill Mars or Scott Swanson will be the latest addition to a board that will see three other new board members join in January.
The three applicants for the vacant spot on the Shakopee School Board will be interviewed during a special open meeting of the board today starting at 5 p.m. Jeremy Casper, Bill Mars or Scott Swanson will be the latest addition to a board that will see three other new board members (Angela Tucker, Reggie Bowerman and Matt McKeand) join in January. The seat in question was vacated by Tony Bonsante, who resigned in September after moving out of the district. Casper, 32, said he would like to focus on improving student achievement that is currently at state average. He also said he’d also make it a priority to manage the population growth in the district while being a good steward of taxpayer money. Casper has lived in Shakopee since 2007 and…
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Those wanting to apply for the vacant seat on the Shakopee School Board have until 4:30 Nov. 18.
Elections may have ended for 2011 with three new school board members but there’s still a seat open on the Shakopee School Board. The opening comes after Anthony Bonsante recently moved out of the Shakopee school district and resigned. Minnesota statutes say the board must appoint a replacement who will serve until the next general election in November 2013. As of Monday at noon, Scott Swanson is the only person who’s applied for the seat. Jeremy Casper, the only candidate not elected to a board seat last week, said Monday he has not yet decided whether he will put in an application. Former mayor of Shakopee Bill Mars said Monday he will apply later this week. The School Board will accept complete written applications submitted to the …
Friday, November 4, 2011
In their words, what makes Matt McKeand, Angela Tucker, Jeremy Casper and Reggie Bowerman stand out in the School Board candidate pack.
On Tuesday, Shakopee residents will be asked to vote for three people to fill positions on the Shakopee School Board. With four like-minded candidates running, Patch asked what sets each of them apart. Matt McKeand: Passion for Education, Professional Skills I think that I should be one of the candidates elected because of my passion for high quality education as well as my impact as part of the Facilities Task Force and being one of the presenters. I also believe my intelligence and professional experience in talent management, which has really taught me ways to set organizations up for success - by maximizing the talents within, finding ways to develop needed skills, or by knowing how to acquire the best new talent. Jeremy Casper: …