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Dear Parents, Rarely do you find a business or individual who was successful “overnight.” Typically, there were years of hard work and, more often than not, a few setbacks. Maybe even outright failures. Operating a $43 million organization and being responsible for educating more than 2,800 students also requires dedication and a receptiveness to learn…

Citing a thorough planning process and research demonstrating needs, the Orono School Board voted unanimously to place two school funding questions on the ballot of the November 8 General Election. The district will seek voter approval for additional operating funds to avoid a projected deficit and construction of an indoor activities center to enhance and…

Some 2,800 students are expected to fill the classrooms of Orono Schools when school begins Tuesday, September 6, for students in grades 1-12 and Wednesday, September 7, for kindergarten students. Registration New families living within district boundaries should begin the registration process by calling the District Office at 952/449-8300. Attendance Hours The attendance hours for…

Orono High School earned its third national recognition and its highest ranking to date recently. Newsweek magazine placed OHS as second in Minnesota and 89th of the top 500 high schools in the nation in its ranking of America’s Top High Schools 2016 released August 11. The latest honor for OHS follows a Gold Medal awarded…

The Orono School Board refinanced three sets of bonds, which will save taxpayers $6.2 million. The sale was unanimously approved in a special meeting July 7. As a result, the board will be able to reduce the amount it levies annually for debt service purposes and is committed to passing those savings on to taxpayers. The district,…

Understandably, parents and guardians want assurances that personal information and data about their children are secure and protected by the district. These questions are rising as we use the Internet, mobile apps, cloud computing, online learning and other technology to deliver instruction in exciting new ways. In Orono, we strive to be clear about what data…

John Morstad has joined Orono Schools as its new Director of Business Services. In this role, Morstad will oversee the business operations of a district recognized for its fiscal integrity, accountability and transparency. Morstad replaces Tom Stringer, who will be retiring in 2016. The pair is working together for a period of time to ensure…

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