Upsala School Board

By Kerry Drager, Correspondent The Upsala School District is making some major changes this summer in its technology infrastructure. A shift toward digital textbooks becoming the cheaper and more interactive option for schools and an increased usage of the Internet has prompted Upsala to increase its Internet speeds and capacities. Internet speeds will increase from 100 [...]

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By KERRY DRAGER, Correspondent Upsala Dean of Students Vern Capelle will be working with staff throughout the summer to complete the new staff evaluation form that will be implemented next year. There is currently a draft in place, but some items still need to be worked out before it is presented to the board for approval. [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Write Amid the constant changes of the health insurance industry, the Upsala School Board has made some changes to employee health care compensation. Following a presentation by John Holthaus of Primary Benefit Services in Little Falls and Rudy Allebach of HR Simplified in Minneapolis, the Board voted to drop Health Partners [...]

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The Upsala School Board approved the final 2013 levy, payable in 2014, at a decrease of 1.39 percent at the School Board meeting, Dec. 18. “The decrease comes to $12,044.53,” said Supt. Gery Arndt. “We are very happy about the decrease,” said Board President Dean Peterson. “We’d love to see the taxes come down some [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer Currently, Upsala High School broadcasts a number of high school and college classes to other schools through Interactive Television (ITV). Plans are underway to enlarge that program with a second fully outfitted broadcasting studio. “We currently have one broadcast studio and another room set up to receive broadcasts,” said Dean [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer The Upsala School Board received the strikingly positive news that the projected 2014 levy decrease is actually larger than was expected. Supt. Gery Arndt told the Board Monday, that due to a state error in calculating the adjusted net tax capacity, the levy changed from an anticipated decrease of .927 [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer   The Upsala School Board approved its 2013 — payable in 2014 — preliminary levy Wednesday. “The good news is, the levy is going down,” said Supt. Gery Arndt. The preliminary levy was approved at $856,300.58. That is a proposed reduction of .92 percent, or $7,956.67, from the current levy. [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer   Bids for cement removal and replacement in two areas outside Upsala School were approved by the Board, Wednesday. B and K Masonry and Concrete of Sauk Rapids submitted a proposal to replace 853 square feet of concrete sidewalk on a time and materials cost basis. “Sometimes you have to [...]

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by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer   Upsala Schools and the Upsala Ballpark Association   (UBA) share responsiblities for maintaining the town’s baseball field. They recently met to pin down certain housekeeping tasks. “It was a really good meeting,” said School Board Member and UBA liaison Karin Nelson. “We just had never had a meeting. We [...]

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