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  • Our staff Welcome Back Photos are posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Click HERE
    to check out the new event photos.

    There are THREE pages of staff photos.

  • Another great welcome back staff day! Monday, August 25, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Daniel.jpg All staff events at the North Education Center featured the national anthem sung by student Daniel and improvisation innovation.

    The programs began with Daniel (photo at left) who performed the national anthem followed by standing ovations.

    School Board Chair Ann Bremer and Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski presented the "official Welcome Back" and district news.

    The main event was the Brave New Workshop Creative Outreach Team who used improv to create innovation. Watch for more details later.

    This week we will post more photos from today.

    Welcome Back Staff! Have a great year!

  • Welcome Back Staff! Sunday, August 24, 2014

    clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/2014postcardstory.jpgWe are looking forward to seeing staff on Monday. Here is the schedule for the district-events.
    Date: Monday, August 25, 2014
    Location: North Education Center Gym
    Times: Please note building and program times.
    Session 1:
    8:00 AM: Bus pick up at Northwest Tech Center and Edgewood Ed Center
    8:45 AM: Program begins for NWTC, Edgewood, Northland and NEC
    Session 2:
    12:00 PM: Bus pick up at District Service Center, West Ed Center and South Ed Center
    12:45 PM: Program begins for Itinerant and other District Service Center, West Ed Center, South Ed Center, HTC Pathways, Gateway and Care & Treatment
    Questions: Contact your supervisor
  • Welcome New Staff Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/new_staff_acad_web.jpgThe New Staff Academy (NSA) began this morning. This is another sign that we are preparing for students to return on September 2.

    The NSA is held every year to welcome new staff including para professionals, teachers, support staff and others who are new to District 287. They meet the administrative team, talk with human resources and discover programs other than their assignments. It is a busy two days.

    If you see our new staff, please WELCOME them to our organization.

  • ALC teams go to school to help students go to College Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/SECA_at_AVID_CONF_Aug_2014.jpg As a result of many student success stories, our staff spent part of their summers preparing  for the 5th year of using AVID in our Area Learning Center Programs.

    According to Lea Dahl, Academic Operations Principal, this AVID work included attending a national training session (see photo of SECA team) that featured workshops, team building and brainstorming for more than 4,000 educators. It also was intense for individuals. (read more)

    “Each attendee went to a specific training strand for three days of professional development,” Lea said. “We also spent time in sessions preparing site-specific 2014-2015 programs.”

    In case you are not aware of AVID, it is “Advancement Via Individual Determination.”  AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Lea adds to those goals by how AVID works for our students.

    “It helps underrepresented populations learn how to apply and go to college, and plan for their futures, Lea told a group of teachers. “In some cases, students are generally first generation high school grads often from diverse populations.”

    Recently we have featured students who were attending college fairs, preparing for entrance exams and developing financial aid plans.

    Congratulations AVID teams!

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  • A new model for psychiatric hospital education Thursday, July 31, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/PrarieCare_groundbreaking_2web.jpgDistrict 287 partners with PrairieCare to deliver education services to two of their psychiatric hospital settings, Maple Grove and Edina. The team has worked to hone what is now a nationally recognized model. A new video showcased the team and how they created the model.

     https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpgWATCH parent and staff videos                (read more)

    On July 28, PrairieCare had a groundbreaking ceremony at its new site in Brooklyn Park. This site is an expansion to PrairieCare's ability to serve more the 1800 children and adolescents each  year who require psychiatric treatment. This will in part, fulfill their vision to transform access capacity and delivery of services to Minnesota youth and beyond. PrairieCare has been expanding psychiatric services for children and adolescents since 2005.

    Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski, Director of Special Education-Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Mental Health & Partnerships-Tina Houck, and Assistant Principal of Care and Treatment-Janet Joslin were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Click on photo above.)

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  • Summer VOS programs Celebrated Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Students, parhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/VOS_Summer/VOS5web.jpgents, community partners and staff gathered to celebrate another great summer of Vocational Outreach Service. The celebration featured the work of 28 students in the technology lab. (See more photos) Many of the projects for our classroom teachers and libraries were extensive; time to produce the materials during the regular school year would not be possible.

    This summary report was compiled by staff and students:
    Production: 562 hours; Technology Lab – production: 640 hours; and Technology Lab – creation: 768 hours

    The summer VOS program also placed 138 students in 26 non-profit worksites in the community. This group of students experienced jobs in organizations including the American Cancer Society, Golden Living Center and Ridgedale Library. See other worksites.

    Congratulations everyone on another great summer!

  • HMC Students named 2014 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Four studenhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Alan_Chiang_HMC_2014_web.jpgts from the Honor's Mentor Connection Program have been named 2014 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction.

    The Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated self-directed students. To earn this recognition, students must demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter and apply their knowledge to challenging projects. Students may pursue one or more area of focus.

    This year's Scholars of Distinction:
    Sweta Bhoopatiraju from Wayzata in the Science category; Project: "Effects of Betadine for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Patients Intolerant to Maintenance Chemotherapy"
    Paymon Rafian from Maple Grove in the Science category; Project: "Crowd Sourcing as a Method of Indoor Navigation for People with Low Vision"
    Thomas  Zhang from Wayzata in the Science category; Project: "The Fermat-Weber Problem: An Exploration of Continuous Variants"
    Alan Chiang (pictured above) from Wayzata was recognized in three categories including Science, Mathematics and STEM; Project: "Medicinal Hydrogels: Functionalizing Hydrogels to Monitor Glucose Levels in Diabetes"

    Interviews with the four winners describing the details of each project appears on the HMC website. Watch video.

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  • District 287 receives State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/msab_logo_color_small.gifThe Minnesota State Arts Board awarded Intermediate District 287 an Arts Learning Grant for the 2013-14 School year. Artist in residence, Anne Krocak, worked with students from Edgewood, South Education Center, Epsilon and Omegon on public art projects using mosaics. 

    This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

    The arts program also collaborated with VSA Minnesota which is an affiliate of the National VSA organization started by the Kennedy family in the 1970s. This is the third year Krocak has worked with students to create a mosaic public art.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpgWatch the video to see students at Edgewood to create mosaics stepping stones in their community garden and talking about their inspiration for the mosaic hall tree.

  • Supt. Lewandowski Summarizes Legislative Session Outcomes Monday, July 7, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2014_2015_NEWS/Legislaturegraphicweb.jpgDuring District 287 School Board meetings this year, Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski provided updates on the primarily positive outcomes of the 2014 Minnesota Legislative Session with regard to intermediate districts.

    The following is summary of the state sessions.

    New revenue will be realized by the intermediates: (1) Being included in the increase in the safe schools and lease levies; and (2) Receiving teacher evaluation funding.

    A positive policy change to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Act will let high school students enrolled in full time dual credit program on college campuses such as the Hennepin Technical Gateway to College Program take remedial coursework.

    Other items of interest are
    (1) Funding to help provide the additional support services needed to operate recovery schools;
    (2) Intermediate districts being able to award diplomas; and
    (3) Building principals having the ability to direct students to enroll in an Area Learning Center (ALC).

    If you have any questions contact lkrees@district287.org.

  • President Obama visits Customer Service Class Monday, June 30, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/PresObamaScreenCaptureWEB.jpg Nine students and NECA instructor John Vittera got their 15 minutes of fame on Friday June 27th ….no…it was 20 minutes! 

    Watch the drama unfold!

    The students are enrolled in a ProjectCare course taught by Vittera at the HIRED Office in Minneapolis. He is teaching the Customer Service class as District 287’s part of a grant collaboration. ProjectCARE is a HIRED collaborative effort funded by the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services, Greater Twin Cities United Way Women’s Giving, and the Minnesota Visiting Nurses’ Association.

    According to Vittera when he arrived at the HIRED office on the Friday,  police and black vehicles filled the parking lot. 

    “I knew something was up,” said Vittera. “The students and I went through a security check and then we went to the classroom.” He added, “The real surprise came later when lots of cameras and President Obama entered, I was actually stunned!” 

    The President asked about the class and I thought it was best that the students tell about the class,” Vittera recalled. “The most compelling part of the visit for the teen moms was when President Obama shared with them that he was a child of a teen mom.  His mother was 18 when she had him and she raised him on her own.”

    Students reflected on their experience in talking with the President.
    Nou:“My kid will someday be like the president, successful.”
    Kenisha:  “I have a lot going on in my life and think a lot about what happened in my past. President Obama talking to me last Friday made me think, I am worthy!”
    Shanarea: “The first person I called was my grandfather and he said he was proud of me for meeting the president. He voted for Obama.”   

    Adolescent students who are parenting and receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) funding requires young women under the age of 21 who have not graduated from high school or have a GED to be in school or an approved work activity. This Customer Service course is similar to one taught year round in the ALC programs at District 287.

    HIRED works closely with schools and social service agencies, to support students in obtaining their high school diploma, pursue higher education, and develop the work habits and job-search skills necessary to find and hold a job. It is a natural partner for District 287’s work.

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  • District named to Top 100 Best workplace list Tuesday, June 17, 2014


    A Message from Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski:

    The Star Tribune just rated District 287 as the 29th Best Workplace for large employers in Minnesota. I think that gives us a five star rating! Dedicated staff is what makes us a great district. Thank you!





    District 287 representatives were presented the prestigious Top 100 Best Workplace Award last week and the official announcement was made public in the Star Tribune this last weekend durhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/TOP_100_adminlunch_web5.jpging the annual Top Workplaces Section.

    To qualify for the Top 100 Workplaces, survey information was collected from 58,600 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention, surveyed companies that were nominated by their own employees.

    During their regular District 287 School Board meeting on June 12, Chair Ann Bremer congratulated and thanked all district staff.

    “This award is another reflection of the great work we do at our sites, in our programs and with our students,” Ann said Thursday. “Congratulations everyone.”

  • Meet Wauneen Mgeni Friday, June 13, 2014

    Congratulations Wauneen Mgeni, June Above and Beyond Employee.

    Wauneen is the Exhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Waun_BD_award_web.jpgecutive Assistant to Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski and our 12-member School Board. She was nominated by the School Board for her excellent attitude and working style.

    This is the nomination written by board member, Nancy Rowley:
    “Wauneen understands our need to share information about District 287 services with local Boards, administrators, staff, and community.  She provides information for us to share in print form, email attachments, videos, electronic links, and District 287 website navigation.  Wauneen is always available to consult with us about individual needs and her responses are always timely and thorough!”
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  • Student field trip goes to DSC Thursday, June 12, 2014

    The recent remodeling and layout https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Art_Visit_SL_6_4_14_9.jpgchanges at the District Service Center resulted in some prominent places for student artwork to be displayed.

    Pieces on display right now include art from Ms. Kristie’s class at the North Education Center. Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski invited them to come over.

    Ms. Kristie shared with everyone how students spent their time in art class this year with artist in residence, Jesse Lesnau.https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Art_Visit_SL_6_4_14_2.jpg

    “Jesse led the students through many projects such as pop art drawings/paintings, and ceramics,” Ms. Kristie said. “We also studied various artists’ styles, and we did our own technique practice with Jesse sharing his skills too.”

    Students pointed out the “butterflies in motion” paper project, and the “spring pines” made with water colors. Following their tour, Sandy met with the students in her office where each student had two questions for her.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Art_SL_Anna_flowers.jpg “The students had really thought about the visit,” Sandy said. “They had some tough questions, and plenty of information they wanted to share with me.”

    A government unit in their class is focusing on local governments. This visit gave the students the opportunity to ask Sandy questions about the school board, budgets and what she does all day. As students moved to our official School Board Room, they found their own name plates where our school board sits, which was very exciting.

    Questions in the Board Room included: “Do they know other people come here? How much time does the Board have to be in this room? Do they have lunch here? Who works on the Board?”

    “I’m not sure who learned more today, the students or me,” Sandy said as the students left to catch their buses at NEC.

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  • Welcome Back date announced Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Welcomebackartweb.jpgAs we begin summer break, please mark your calendars for the annual back to school events.

    Our district wide events will be held on Monday, August 25 at the North Education Center. There will be a morning and an afternoon session to accommodate all of our staff numbers. Be sure to watch your mail and the District 287 website for more details.

    For information that is program and site specific, please contact your supervisor or principal.

    Have a great summer, and we will see you in August!

  • Bus Safety posters take top honors in State contest Monday, June 9, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Poster_threewinners_web.jpg Three North Education Center students received top honors for the 2014 Minnesota School Bus Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Minnesota Association for Pupil Transportation and the Minnesota School Bus Operators Association.

    “Be Smart. Be Seen. I Wait In A Safe Place” was this year’s theme and was met by much enthusiasm by 173 young artists throughout Minnesota. The student entries were divided by grade level. First place goes onto national competition.
    Our winners are:
    1st Place: Leo
    2nd Place: Eric
    3rd Place: Cody

    Certificates were presented to our students by Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski and Transportation Coordinator Amy Teidens. Amy was instrumental in working with classroom teachers to prepare and submit entries. See posters.

    Nice work - students and staff!

  • Congratulations Gateway Graduates Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Hennepin Technical Gateway to Colhttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Gateway_Grads_2014.jpglege opened its doors to its first students in the Fall of 2013.

    The first graduating class received their high school diplomas on June 3, 2014 at a ceremony at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Center. 

    In a videotaped interview, four graduates expressed their reflections about their journey to reach the goal of graduating from high school while getting college experience and credits.
    See video
  • Pathways Seniors awarded Automotive Scholarships Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/EPHTC_Luther_Group5_22_14_web.jpg John Preston, Automotive Instructor at Intermediate District 287 Hennepin Technical Pathways and Luther Auto, teamed up to give students in Preston’s class a realistic look at what the work environment is like in an automotive service operation center. When asked about the significance of the experience, Preston remarked, “When we’re working on cars at school, we’re taking apart things but we can’t see what the work environment is like.”

    In addition to offering an educational experience, Luther Auto has formed a partnership with District 287 by supporting the Automotive Programs through equipment donation, creating marketing materials, and working to plant the seeds of future employment with high school students.

    During the Pathways student awards last week, four Pathways students received $500 scholarships from Andrew Gadient, Director of Sales Luther Auto group. The students include Jesus Sanchez and Peter Harriman from Auto Body; and Aidan Hicks and Jacob Neis from Automotive Technology. (see photo above) Students will use these scholarships to further their education next year.

    Also during the official ceremonies, instructors from seven Pathways Programs presented awards in six categories: Outstanding Achievement, Tech Prep, Perfect Attendance, Student Organizations, Most Improved and Best Efforts.


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  • Mn DI Teams return for Global Finals Friday, May 30, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Renaissance_WoodlandElementaryLittleNeonMonste.jpgFifty-six Minnesota Destination (MN DI) teams had a great week in Knoxville, TN at the Annual Global Finals.

    MN DI has two championship teams. Pictured at left is the Renaissance winner: Little Neon Monsters Team from Woodland Elementary School. In addition, eight teams placed in the top 10, and 24 teams in the top 20.  See results

    Competition was pretty tough this year. This was the largest Global Finals in history, with 1, 412 teams from 46 states and 17 countries. This year teams from India, Qatar, Ecuador and the Cayman Islands were new participants.

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/PamS_DIOpen_parade.jpgMinnesota was represented by 30 DI appraisers and volunteers. Thank you team managers, supporters, officials and volunteers!

    Also representing MN in Knoxville is our own State Director, Pamela Schroeder. She is currently the Destination Imagination Board Chair. Pam is pictured at right, leading the opening ceremonies. Her previous roles with DI include four years on the Board as Vice Chair, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, Challenge writer, Minnesota Training Director, Affiliate trainer, Instant Challenge trainer, school district coordinator, and 15 years as a Team Manager. Congratulations Pamela and all of the Minnesota DI Teams!

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  • Students Build Windows of Hope Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/HOPE_Windows_NEC_title.jpgDuring our back-to-school staff program, Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski talked about the importance of instilling “hope” in our students and classrooms.

    Since then, staff has been sharing what students are doing to address “how hope can make the difference in their lives.”

    In thishttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/video_icon.jpg video, Sandy Shetka’s class at the North Education Center will share a positive memory in their three-dimensional Windows of Hope.

  • Spring brings yearly evaluations Friday, May 23, 2014

    Next year, the evaluation process will be different for teachers because of a new Minnesota law requiring districts to create evaluation tools and processes that contain specific elements. One aspect of the law allowed districts to choose the state evaluation model, or to design their own.  In a year-long process, Local 2209 and District 287 Administrators created a model customized to the needs of the district that was overwhelmingly ratified by a vote of 2209 members. 

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    Jane Holmberg, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, and convener of the 13 member Design Team said, “There are several expectations in the teacher evaluation law that caused us to revamp our process for evaluating licensed staff beginning in 2014-2015. A district Design Team was chosen to collaboratively create an evaluation process that fits District 287. In my experience at 287, it was one of the best examples of a collaborative effort when many pieces of the district came together to create an excellent outcome.”  Hear Jane's remarks.

    More detail is available in the Overview of Licensed Educator Evaluation Process. This document also contains links to the comparison of the state model with our model and how the evaluation cycle will be established.

    Local 2209 President, Bruce Mulder, sent a note to the members expressing his appreciation, “Thanks to everyone who made time to vote. We believe this plan will benefit licensed staff and also the co-workers and students with whom they work.”

    Election Chair, Ben Drewelow reported that the District 287 Customized Model was ratified with over 99% of votes tallied in the "Yes" column. 

    Bob Bathke and Karen Bendtsen were recognized at a recent District 287 School Board meeting for their participation on the Evaluation Design Team on behalf of Local 2209.

    Design team members include
    Teacher Representatives: Karen Bendtsen, Paul Bennett, Alisa Anderson, Bonnie Rinker, Nancy Soliday and Bob Bathke
    Principal Representatives: Lea Dahl, Paul Eastwold, Amy Sward, and Renee Soule-Chapman
    Central Office Representatives: Anne Becker, Jane Holmberg, and Michelle Axell

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  • NWTC Program featured in national Magazine Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/NWTC_Greta_District_287_web.jpg clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/NWTC_Kendra__District_287_web.jpgA Northwest Tech Center literacy program is featured in the Odyssey, the annual magazine published by the National Deaf Education Center.

    Instructors Greta Palmberg and Kendra Rask are guest authors in the story High Expectations + Reading Intervention Plan = Big Jump in Reading Scores

    Greta and Kendra began a literacy program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing transition students. The intense daily program benefits students by increasing reading skills by several grade levels. Read their story.

    Congratulations Greta, Kendra, and the staff at NWTC!

  • Meet Erlene Schwartz Thursday, May 15, 2014

     Congratulations Erlene Schwartz! She is the May Employee Recognition recipient.

    Here ihttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/Employrecog/ErleneSchwartz_5_15_15_web.jpgs the nomination submitted by Erlene's co-workers:
    "If you look on Wikipedia, you could very easily find a picture of Erlene Schwartz next to the word responsive. By the very nature of her job, Erlene is responsive to classrooms and teachers on a daily basis helping individualize, problem solve and create a plan to help our students that struggle with behaviors."  (read more)

  • Employee Open enrollment is open Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/open enrollment.pngNew for this year only: All Benefits eligible staff must login to the online benefits site in order to keep their elections.

    During Open Enrollment this year, the District is moving to an online benefits system. This means ALL benefits eligible staff, even those who do not currently have health insurance with the District, will be required to login to the online benefits system and at least confirm their current elections and add their life insurance beneficiaries. Staff will also be to change their medical plans, add /remove dependents, and make their annual flex enrollments in the online benefits system.

    The open enrollment period for 2014-2015 plan year will run from Monday, April 28 – midnight on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Changes made during annual open enrollment are effective July 1, 2014.

    Learn all about Open Enrollment by attending one of the Open Enrollment Presentations held throughout the District during the next few weeks. All open enrollment information, including rate sheets for the upcoming plan year, is available on the Open Enrollment Webpage.

  • Congratulations Retirees! Friday, May 9, 2014

    https://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Retire_photos2014/retire6web.jpg Our retirees were honored during the annual Retirement Celebration held yesterday. Twenty-four District 287 employees are retiring this year. During the celebration they were honored and thanked by Board Chair Ann Bremer and Superintendent Sahttps://asoft11122.accrisoft.com/district287/clientuploads/2013_2014NEWS/Retire_photos2014/retire8web.jpgndy Lewandowski. 

    One of the annual highlights is the video produced featuring retirees and their plans for the upcoming retirement years. See Video

    During the program, retirees were presented with commemorative cutting boards made by the shop students at West Education Center.

    See more photos.

Media Inquiries

Linda Rees
287 Communications Liaison
Ph: 763-550-7185

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