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Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson Students at Lincoln Elementary School walked off the bus for their first day of classes on a wet, windy Tuesday morning.1 / 2
Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson A District 206 school bus unloaded children at Lincoln Elementary School Tuesday.2 / 2

Did you know that Alexandria School District 206 serves nearly 30,000 residents and about 4,000 students - pre-kindergarten through 12th grade?

Did you know that 51 percent of the teachers in the district have a master's degree or higher and 49 percent have a bachelor's degree?

And did you know that the size of School District 206 is 341.5 square miles and the total square footage used by the district is 750,000 square feet?

As the 2010-2011 school year begins, parents, community members and students might be interested in knowing some fun and interesting facts about Alexandria School District 206.

District 206 Superintendent Terry Quist said the district is excited for the start of its 130th school year.

"Our teachers and staff members have been busy preparing schools and classrooms and carefully planning for a terrific year of learning," said Quist.

He noted that before students were officially "back to school," teachers were taking part in continuous training.

In fact, 25 new teachers participated in four days of orientation training to ensure they have the tools and support to be successful in their new positions, he said.

"They are enthusiastic, talented individuals that we are excited to have as part of the District 206 community," said Quist.

Building leadership teams also met to identify school improvement goals, which Quist said focuses on improving student achievement.

And here are some more facts and figures about the district:

•Alexandria Public Schools is the county's largest employer - there are approximately 640 full and part-time staff members.

•District 206 school buses travel more than 850,000 miles per year, taking more than 2,500 students to and from school.

•Last year, close to 560,000 meals were served and more than 65,000 breakfast meals were served in the district.

•Staff members and students were supported by 970 volunteers last year, who contributed more than 16,500 hours of time.

•District 206 students excelled in activities and athletics last year, earning five conference titles, four section titles, 10 state academic titles and 119 high school students competing in state tournaments.

More information about the school district, including more facts and figures, can be found on the district's website at www.alexandria.k12.mn.us.

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