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  • November 5 Referendum

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 9/13/2019

    Nov 5 Referendum

    As discussed in recent staff meetings, on Nov 5, 2019 residents of ISD 728 will decide whether to increase school funding through 2 referendum questions. As a staff member in the district, I would like to remind you of a couple things related to this referendum:

    1. If you are acting in the capacity of a district staff members (during your work day or during a shift), you should not be advocating for or against the referendum, but you can provide factual information.
    2. If you are on your own time (at home, with friends/neighbors, in the grocery store, etc), with your personal resources and acting as a private citizen, you can advocate in any manner you wish.

     Please Vote!

    If you are a resident of the district, there are 3 ways to vote:

    • Vote early in person
      • voting begins September 20
      • All ISD 728 voters can vote early at the Sherburne County Government Center regarding of where you live in the district.
    • Vote early by mail
      • Obtain an absentee ballot application online at isd728.org/AbsenteeBallot
      • Mail (13880 Business Center Dr, Elk River 55330), fax (763-765-4400) or email (elections@co.sherburne.mn.us) application to the Sherburne County Government Center
      • The county will mail ballot materials to you; Sherburne County must receive your ballot by Nov 5.
    • Vote on Nov 5
      • Vote at your local polling location. There will be limited voting locations for this election. Find you polling place at isd728.org/PollingPlace

     If you are a staff person on the operations team, a program coordinator, or a building supervisor and need time during your regular work schedule to vote, please see me to make arrangements. 728STRONG!

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  • Start of School Reminders

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 9/6/2019

    Your friendly reminders for this week:

     Training: The deadline to complete your ALICE training and district policy trainings is September 20, 2019!!

     Office Hours: Now that school is back in session, the Community Education offices at the Handke Center will be open until 5:00pm (in the summer we close at 4:30pm).  Hours for staff working in the offices varies, but office coverage is 7:30am-5:00pm.

     Application Committee Members: If you are interested in being a member of the Operations Committee or Wellness/Culture Committee, please complete an application. We are requesting every staff member to read through the committee purpose, timelines and ‘19-’20 objectives and consider if the work aligns with your professional and/or personal passions and skills.  Hourly staff and teachers will be paid for their time. Please review and, if applicable, apply on this form: HEREThe application will close Friday Sept. 6th.

    Hiring: Community Education is still looking to fill the following positions:

    >building supervisors

    >childcare workers and subs

    >Crescendo music instructor for private lessons

    If you know anyone looking for casual part-time employment, please send them to the district website to apply for positions that interest them.  Thanks!

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  • Thanks Don!

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 8/29/2019


    Don Thank-you Don!  I would like recognize Don Krohn for his work as the ISD728 Community Education field worker for the past eight summers. Don has been the “behind the scenes” worker preparing/painting/ chalking district ball and soccer fields for community use and youth organizations in Otsego, Elk River and Zimmerman. Having Don on our team made a huge difference. Don’s attention to detail and pride in his work has made him a valuable asset to our department and provided great customer service to our community members. Don has decided to retire his field persona, but will continue to be part of ISD728 as a building supervisor. So if you see Don in the buildings, please help us share our thanks by recognizing the work he has done for us in the fields since 2012.    


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  • Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 8/21/2019

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  With the planned Community Education department transformation, there have been and will continue to be some staffing changes.  To keep everyone up to date on the big picture, here are some recent work assignment changes that have taken place.

     Community Education Program Manager – Pauline Knox has assumed these duties along with her duties as Operations Manager.

    Extended Day Manager – With the growth of the EdVenture Club program, the management team decided it was time to dedicate one full-time manager to this program.  Nicole Rasmussen has retained these duties.

    Clerical – Community Education hired a new clerk over the summer (to fill the spot left by Judy Christianson). With that hiring, we have also re-assigned some of the clerical duties.  Overall, the following work tasks have been assigned:

    • Pauline Nelson - EdVenture Club
    • Rayane Heyen - Customer Service (phones) & EdVenture Club
    • Colleen Sweet – Facilities
    • Justene Small - Customer Service, Facilities & ECFE support
    • Jenny Elsenpeter – Marketing
    • Deb Derosier - Marketing & Program Support
    • Missy Suedbeck - Customer Service & Finance
    • Judy Larson - ECFE/SR
    • Erin Sweet - ECS, Campus, ECFE support
    • Darryl Sebastian & Gabbie Mitchell- Supplies

     Program Coordinators – Becky Hanson, our former aquatics and youth academics/enrichment coordinator resigned her position this past summer.  Theresa Antinozzi, long-time coordinator for EdVenture Club, decided to change her career focus and has accepted the position of program coordinator. There were some slight adjustments to program assignments when Theresa joined the program team and going forward here are the program responsibilities.

    • Jay Grammond – Adult
    • Wendy Mitchell – Aquatics, Youth Arts
    • Gary Pioske – Rogers Rec, Youth Teams & Athletics, Events
    • Theresa Antinozzi – HOPE, Youth Academics/Enrichment



    Who for What In an effort to provide staff with the resources they need to quickly and accurately get answers to their questions and to clarify which employees are responsible for specific tasks and decisions, this summer the Operations Committee spent time creating Who-for-What documents for Community Education Programs/Operations, EdVenture Club and ECFE/School Readiness. You can find the Who-for-What document for CE Programs/Operations on the Weebly website, under staff resources, Who-for-What. This document should be your first resource to find out who you should consult regarding questions, issues and concerns and you will be referred to this document for answers by the leaders in the department. As the Operations Committee continues their work this fall, they will be adding links to the document that provides additional information on each topic.

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  • Office Staff News

    Posted by Pauline Knox on 7/30/2019
    I am pleased to announce I have offered the open clerical position in the Community Education office to Michelle Suedbeck, and she has accepted!

    Her start date is Tuesday, August 13.
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