Last month, the state math and reading scores were released and area schools fared well. This week, the state released the 2008 data regarding Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and some schools didn't measure up. Schools in Alexandria School District 206 - as a whole - scored higher in both reading and math proficiency than the state averages and are making excellent progress toward AYP proficiency targets, according to a news release sent out by the district on Tuesday. AYP is a means of measuring, through standards and assessments, the achievement of the No Child Left Behind goal of 100 perc
If you walk into a home or an apartment building, it's almost a sure bet you'll find a smoke alarm. But would you also find a carbon monoxide (CO) detector? As of last Friday, you better hope the homeowner or dwelling owner has installed at least one CO detector if not multiple detectors. Why?
Another new law went into effect Friday, August 1 regulating Minnesota drivers. But this time, it impacts all drivers - no matter if they are new or veteran drivers. Text-messaging, e-mailing or accessing the Internet on a wireless device while driving, including while stopped in traffic, is now illegal on Minnesota roads. Those in violation of the new law can pay up to $300 in fines. And, unlike the seat belt law, motorists can be pulled over if they are found to be in direct violation of the law. Law enforcement officials don't need any other reason, such as speeding, to pull motorists
What are two of the highest risk situations for teen drivers? Cell phones and texting?
The Alexandria Police Department and the city workers will join forces with thousands of other communities to celebrate the 25th annual "National Night Out." The local event, "Community Night Out - Growing Stronger by Building Strong Community Partnerships," is set for next Tuesday, August 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Park. The event is deemed as a celebration against crime and drugs.
One million dollars recently secured for an expansion at Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management may not cover the cost of the whole project, but it will reduce the financial impact to citizens. "It will definitely help out," said Pete Olmscheid, director of the Waste to Energy facility in Alexandria. "And right now, no other grants [to help pay for the project] are viable at this point." U.S.
The wet, soggy weather earlier in July hasn't hindered the progress of the new District 206 elementary school - too much. At Monday night's regular board meeting, Troy Miller from DLR Group, the architectural firm in charge of designing the new school, gave an update to school board members and administrators. "The walls are going up quickly," said Miller.