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2016 Operating Levy & Bond Referendum

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…

2016 Orono High School Homecoming King Mark Willson and Queen Grace Bloomquist. 2016 Orono High School Homecoming Court, from left: Back row – Marit Francis, Sydney Schroeder, Olivia Chumbler, Megan Geelan, Megan Albers, Jaedyn Freshwater, Grace Reiners, Maddie Fischer, Katherine Kieley, Katie Kimmes, Danika Brockman, Chloe Chumbler, King Mark Willson, William Swanholm, Owen Erpelding, Ethan Church, Lucas…

OHS boasts 159 AP scholars

A total of 159 Orono High School students have earned the distinction of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams. Orono High School has enjoyed consistently increasing numbers of AP Scholars. There has been a 69 percent increase from 2013, when the…

James (Jim) Van de Ven, Ph.D., Orono High School Class of 1997, joined the ranks of the Distinguished Alumni, and Erin Shaunessey Murray, OHS Class of 2000, was named as this year’s Promising Alumni by the Orono Foundation for Education and its alumni association. Van de Ven, married to Deb Van de Ven and father…

This year, school lunch menus are going digital. NutriSlice is a new program that will make menus more interactive to increase students’ understanding of meal options. This feature is available online at orono.nutrislice.com or by clicking the “Lunch Menus” tab at the top of the district homepage. For those with a smart phone or tablet, a…

As part of their orientation, staff members new to Orono Schools are treated to a bus tour of the district with guide Bob Gasch, a professional storyteller and local historian. This picture was taken at one of the stops along the way: Noerenberg Memorial County Park in Orono. Joining the district this year are: Orono Schumann Elementary…

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…

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…

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…

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