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SCHOOL BOARD

Different groups shared their concerns during a Rochester School Board meeting Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at
The Board’s purview should be limited to ensuring that community resources are best allocated to educate children in the classroom, while minimizing risk to students and staff.
Rochester Public Schools will still use the building for other purposes starting in 2022-23.
Officials hope conservative plan means schools will stay open, and more students eventually will be back in classrooms.

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Red Wing Public Schools bought itself some extra time Monday to prepare for returning to classrooms during the pandemic: The board moved Day 1 from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, 2020.
A task force recommended repurposing the Friedell Middle School building in 2018. The School Board, however, is also debating the concept of the district-wide program and whether that is something that needs to continue, either where it is now or at another facility.
All school board races are contested.
Rochester students will receive leniency for the coursework they did during the period of distance-learning, which was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discipline issues, particularly at Burnside Elementary, were again a hot topic at the Red Wing School Board meeting Tuesday.
Jim Price, a Mississippi native who grew up in the Jim Crow South and later became the first African American to serve on the Rochester School Board, died last Friday after a lengthy illness.

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Earlier start date for 2020-21 academic year; earlier start each day for Red Wing High School.
Rochester Public School officials are hitting the ground running with plans for $180.9 million in capital improvements.
From school boards and school bonds to a race to fill a county commissioner seat in Goodhue County, special elections are dotting the landscape in Southeast Minnesota.

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