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School board platforms parent stories

Anya Panday and Crystal Diaz January 24, 2024

In a cramped space at the district office, a normally sleepy school board meet teemed with parental passion Jan. 23. All chairs were occupied, with no room to breathe as parents lined the walls and filled...

Spanish teacher Nelly Korman assists freshman Solin Mendes-Duffy with an assignment Oct. 24. Korman is running for Bloomington school board for the 2019 election.

Sra. Korman, teacher by day school board by night

Caedon Exsted October 17, 2023

What inspired you to run for the Bloomington school board? The first time that I ran for the school board was 11 years ago, so that was in 2011. So it's going to be 12 years since I joined the school...

Dr. Kate Maguire is interviewed by Parks school board Sept. 27. Park was interviewing to find an interim

Interim superintendent hired

Abby Keller September 28, 2023

After the abrupt resignation of former Superintendent Astein Osei, the Park school board worked quickly to find an interim superintendent to fill the role for the rest of the academic year.  On Sept....

Superintendent Astein Osei at school board meeting April 25. The school board is planning the budget for upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

Under the surface of budget cuts

Abby Keller and Modesty Manion April 27, 2023

While still in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Park, like many other school districts in the state, is facing budget cuts.  Even as the state legislature moves to increase funding for schools,...

Senior Axel Abrahamson at a student council meeting on March 22. Park plans to make an enrollment fee for clubs in the upcoming year.

Pay to participate

Crystal Diaz and Aidan Shafton April 11, 2023

With the recent budget cuts Park has made, Park’s Finance Advisory Committee is advising the School Board to enforce a $25 fee for participation in clubs in the 2023–24 school year.  Members of...

Sophomores eat lunch together without facing a mask mandate barrier March 17. Many students still choose to wear masks although it is not mandatory.

Revision mask of mandate causes mixed reactions

April 7, 2022

On March 10th, 2022, the School Board made the executive decision to make masks optional. In regards to this decision, the Echo Editorial Board believes this was an informed decision that should be followed...

Junior Stefano Giovannelli walks down the stairs maskless March 10. On March 9, the School Board accepted a revision to policy 808, causing masking at schools to be optional.

Maskless made effective immediately

Elena Ortiz Fishman March 8, 2022

During a presentation to the School Board March 8, superintendent Astein Osei announced a shift to optional masking.  In this proposal, the mandate will no longer be universally required. Policy 808...

Former School Board chair Mary Tomback suggests alternate schedule options for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years during the school board meeting Jan. 27, 2020 in C350. Tomback and other School Board members recently met to discuss potential options for distance learning as COVID-19 rates rise.

Distance learning looms as cases rise

Elena Ortiz-Fishman January 14, 2022

Due to the drastic increase in student and staff absences following winter break, Superintendent Astein Osei said distance learning has become a potential option. Although, for now Osei said the next steps...

Signs direct voters to wear masks at Westwood Church Nov 2. Voters cast their ballots in school board and City Council races.

City Election Results

Oliver Smith November 5, 2021

The city of St. Louis Park held local elections Nov. 2. The races for Wards 1, 2 and 4 seats were uncontested, and Sue Budd got 43 percent of votes for Ward 3. However, since Budd didn’t reach 50 percent...

Freshmen Graham Sullivan and Charlie Odens wait for math class to begin during freshman orientation Oct. 21. Park will return to a hybrid learning model Feb. 22.

District prepares for hybrid learning

Tobias Khabie and Maddie Schutte January 29, 2021

Park will get a second shot to start to return to normalcy after the School Board approved a plan for students to return to hybrid learning. According to Superintendent Astein Osei, the focus this time...

Math teacher Chad Austad talks with students during hybrid learning Oct. 27. Park returned to distance learning Nov. 16.

Hybrid learning in consideration

Andrea Melear January 17, 2021

For many, senior year is one of the most memorable parts of someone’s high school experience and senior Lily Metzler said being in-person is invaluable especially for seniors who have suffered the loss...

Superintendent Astein Osei proposed a plan to begin the transition to hybrid learning at 25% capacity. The plan was approved unanimously by the School Board.

School board approves return to in-person learning

Molly Schochet October 14, 2020

In an Oct. 12 meeting, the St. Louis Park School Board approved Superintendent Astein Osei’s plan to begin the transition to hybrid school for Park. The plan, which includes a starting capacity of 25%,...

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