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Route options for Mankato Area Public Schools' families due to Lor Ray Drive closure Thursday and Friday

At 6 a.m., Thursday (September 4) Lor Ray Drive—(from Lee Boulevard to Commerce Drive)—will be closed for paving. The road is expected to reopen Saturday (weather permitting). This closure will affect Mankato Area Public Schools' families and buses that use these routes to bring children to school. Suggested detours:
  • Lookout Drive
  • Highway 14 to Highway 169 
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"Safe routes to school" walking route maps available

View walking routes that are part of the "Safe routes to school" program, which provides opportunities for students to bike and walk to school. Maps are available for Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Washington elementary schools. In addition to being online, maps can be picked up at Mankato Area Public Schools' Central Registration office, 10 Civic Center Plaza.
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Mankato Area Public Schools' staff prepare for new school year

Mankato Area Public Schools will celebrate the start of the school year with an all-staff welcome on Thursday, August 28, at East High School. In order for all district staff to be able to participate, all buildings and offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Community support of staff is appreciated.

For more information contact Mankato Area Public Schools' administrative offices at 507-387-1868.
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Franklin Elementary School added as a summer food program site

Mankato Area Public Schools has added Franklin Elementary School, 1000 North Broad Street, Mankato, as a U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) summer food service program site. Meals are provided at no charge to children ages 18-years-old and younger and will be served Monday through Thursday from July 7 to July 31. Breakfast is provided between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.; lunch is provided between 11 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.
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Map of site for new middle school.
Land purchase agreement approved for new middle school

Today at 5:30 p.m., the Mankato Area Public School Board approved a land purchase agreement to build a new middle school on the east side of the city.  The 65-acre parcel is located east of Highway 22, between Hoffman Road and Highway 83, in Mankato Township.

Approval to build a new middle school was authorized by voters in the November bond referendum to provide adequate space and learning environments for all students.

David Lutz
David Lutz to serve as Assistant Principal of East High School

David Lutz has accepted the position of assistant principal at East High School beginning July 1, pending School Board approval on May 19.  

Lutz earned a bachelor's in social studies from Bethel University; a master's in education and a specialist degree in administration from St. Mary's University.  Lutz currently serves at Central Middle School gifted and talented coordinator and summer school administrator for Wayzata Public Schools. He has taught high school and middle school social studies.
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Dave Makela named new girls' varsity coach at East High School

Mankato Area Public Schools' East High School has named Dave Makela head varsity girls' basketball coach.

"We welcome Dave to his new coaching role and are looking forward to the upcoming basketball season," said Todd Waterbury, activities director at East High School.

Makela, recently served as assistant coach for boys' basketball for the past eight years; and has also served as interim head boys' basketball coach for the 2013-14 season.
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Stephen Johanson and Kory Kath Stephen Johanson and Kory Kath
Top two Mankato Area Public Schools' principal candidates named

Stephen Johanson and Kory Kath have emerged as top principal candidates with Mankato Area Public Schools: Johanson for Monroe Elementary School; Kath for Eagle Lake Elementary School. The Mankato Area Public School Board will formally act on their appointments on Monday, April 7.

Johanson taught fifth grade at Spring Lake Park and sixth grade in Robbinsdale. He also served as an administrator teacher on special assignment, with assistant principal duties, in Robbinsdale. He currently is administrative dean of students at Valley View Middle School in Bloomington. He will replace Al Lawrence, who is retiring in June.
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Scott Hogen selected as director of facilities

The recommendation for approval to hire Scott Hogen as director of facilities, effective March 10, will go to the Mankato Area Public School Board on Monday, February 3.   Hogen has served as director of buildings and grounds for New Ulm Public Schools for the past 16 years. From 1982 to 1997, he served New Ulm private schools as head custodian and then as director of buildings and grounds.
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Mankato Area Public Schools named to Advanced Placement Achievement List by the College Board for significant gains in advanced placement access and student performance fourth year in a row

Mankato Area Public Schools is one of 477 school districts in the United States and Canada, and one of seven school districts in Minnesota, being honored by the College Board with a place on the fourth annual Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll. The district earned this honor for opening advanced classroom opportunities to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher. Achieving these goals indicates that Mankato Area Public Schools is successfully identifying motivated, academically-prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous coursework.
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