Jordan Shearer, Post-Bulletin

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Rochester, MN, United States

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Stewartville Public Schools launches 'Subs for Subs' initiative to ease labor shortage

Although the pandemic has contributed to the issue, administrators say they've felt the shortage for several years. → Read More

Rochester Public Schools provides update on COVID mitigation strategies

"We are absolutely committed to bringing students back Jan. 31. That said, we can never say never, but the intent is very, very clear to make that move," Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel said. → Read More

Stewartville Public Schools moves to make masks optional as other entities begin requiring them

The district made the change Monday, July 10, 2022, amid a surge in COVID cases around the area. Contrary to Stewartville's decision, other entities are tightening their mask mandates. → Read More

The Eagles Cancer Telethon returns with an in-person fundraiser for its 68th year

The annual event has brought in millions of dollars for cancer research over its nearly seven decades of history. → Read More

COVID-19 surge forces Rochester Public Schools to go to distance learning

Students aren't the only variable under consideration, though. Of those 564 new cases, 93 were staff members. Superintendent Kent Pekel has said that if the district has too many staff down, it is difficult to maintain core operations. → Read More

Rochester School Board approves search firm for permanent superintendent position

The firm the district selected was the second highest in terms of cost. Their proposals ranged from $16,900 up to $83,253. → Read More

Rochester School Board prepares for upcoming budget shortfall of over $20 million

According to the projections, the district would have a deficit of $23 million during the 2023 fiscal year. That would then grow to $26.4 million during the 2024 fiscal year and then to more than $33 million during the 2025 fiscal year. → Read More

Rochester Public Schools asks the public to weigh in on the long-term vision for the district

Although the district is not ready to release a working draft, Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel said it essentially contains three big ideas. → Read More

Following positive pilot program, Rochester Public Schools gets ready to launch 'test to stay' option

The district tested the program in three of its schools, saving students a total of 602 days that otherwise would have been spent in quarantine. → Read More

Rochester School Board releases mid-year review of Superintendent Kent Pekel

While the summary included generally optimistic reviews, Board Chairwoman Jean Marvin said the district is in the process of launching its search for a permanent superintendent. → Read More

Rochester student expands her advocacy to the international stage

"I’ve always had a need for justice. It’s something that means a lot to me because it’s not just fighting for myself. It’s not just fighting for my family. It’s fighting for the people in the community," said Salma Abdi. → Read More

Rochester School Board member Julie Workman apologizes for 'poor choice of words'

"I know I've offended a lot of people, so I really want to apologize for that," board member Julie Workman said. → Read More

Rochester Public Schools estimates cost of data request at $901,121

In total, the district has estimated the 41-page request will take 13,478 hours to fulfill. → Read More

Interim Superintendent Kent Pekel discusses mid-year self evaluation with Rochester School Board

"To Rochester's credit, we're using this year to plan, to lay the groundwork for longterm improvement," Pekel said. "We are doing our homework and trying to paint a picture of where we want to go." → Read More

Rochester Public Schools lays out 7 strategies to help curb student disruption, violence

"This was really in response to significant disruptive behaviors and physical behaviors that we were seeing in our secondary schools following the return (to school) after students had experienced a long time in distance learning,” said Jacque Peterson, director of elementary and secondary education. → Read More

School Board discusses underpass as upcoming feature outside Dakota Middle School

The school district will pay for a portion of the cost to construct the underpass, which will be $171,242. It will be 80 feet long. → Read More

Live: Rochester School Board to discuss school resource officers and hear update on referendum projects

Follow along with reporter Jordan Shearer at the Rochester School Board meeting. → Read More

Rochester Public Schools names four days for staff planning and well-being

The days off will be Dec. 8, Feb. 9, April 10, and May 11. → Read More

Building bridges: Kasson-Mantorville students get 'immersive' taste of engineering

"Simply by introducing some of these terms -- like 'force of gravity' and the fact that shapes have strength -- really helps set up that early learning and understanding for later," said Cindy Morgan, MnDOT Public Engagement Coordinator. → Read More

Bringing the world to the classroom: Kasson-Mantorville teacher helps students understand current events

"If we hide from these tough issues, we're not helping them," Elizabeth Averbeck said. "I don't think there's been a topic I've purposely not talked about because that's a disservice to them. If I can't talk about it, when can they?" → Read More