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How Can the Stillwater Area School District Improve?

Vision 2014 will expire at the end of next year, so Stillwater Area School District leaders will hold two "educational conversations" to help shape the district's 2020 strategic plan. What so you think should be included in the plan?

Do you have ideas on how to improve education for students in the St. Croix Valley? Want to help shape the future of your public schools?

The public is invited to participate in two “Education Conversations” to be held in August that will lay the groundwork for development of the district’s new strategic plan.

The existing strategic plan — Vision 2014 — will be expiring at the end of next year. In anticipation of this deadline, school leaders will be working with the community to determine the future goals and priorities of the school district for the next three to five years.

Conversations will be held:

  • Monday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Stillwater Junior High School
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Oak-Land Junior High School

These conversations are open to all residents, whether you have students in school or not. Attendance is limited to 50 people per conversation.

To reserve your spot, sign up online at www.stillwaterschools.org/VisionSignup.

Pete July 24, 2012 at 09:35 PM
In 1960, there were 1.4 million public school teachers educating 36.3 million primary and secondary students. This represented a ratio of one teacher per 25.8 pupils. In 2009, there were 3.2 million teachers - a 129 percent rise - educating 49.3 million students - a 36 percent rise. This represented a ratio of one teacher per 15.6 students. In 1985, the average public school primary and secondary school teacher earned $23,587 a year, or $49,309 adjusted for inflation. In 2011, he or she earned $54,220, a ten percent increase Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group representing major industrialized countries, showing that several high-performing Asian countries have higher average class sizes: 33 in Japan and 36 in South Korea, compared with the estimated 25 students in the United States Since 1980 the ratio of admin workers to students has exploded Seems like there is a lot of low hanging fruit here.
Randy Marsh July 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Interesting stuff, Pete, especially with regard to the administration figures. My guess is that special education would account for at least part of those increases you list with regard to staff-to-student ratio. I'm also wondering whether you know whether those figures from Japan and South Korea include all students or just those that the countries might feel are worth educating?
Susan J July 26, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I believe that the school district needs to establish a serious campaign addressing acceptance and respect: student to teacher; student to student; teacher to student; parent to teacher; etc. We need acceptance and respect all around whether students are academically challenged, financially disadvantaged, disabled, gay, struggling, whatever. It needs to start in kindergarten and be continued all through school. You may say that these are issues that should be addressed in the home, and I agree. However, for whatever reasons, it is certainly not happening in all homes nor is it being reinforced in our schools. In my opinion, we have nothing if the atmosphere in our schools is lacking in the areas of acceptance and respect.
Pete July 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Susan, Do you have a pet unicorn at home?

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