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Continued: What's new in south metro schools

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2013 - 2:08 PM



Principal: Barb McNulty

Expected enrollment: 580


The district will have some new faces at the top this year, according to Jordan High School Principal Barb McNulty. New Superintendent Matthew Helgerson started on July 1, and the district hired a new special education director, Chad Williams. Williams’ time is split between the Belle Plaine district and Jordan.

The high school will have four new honors courses this fall, including 9th- and 10th-grade English, a 9th-grade civics class and a 10th-grade American history class. With the addition of several College in the Schools classes in recent years, students needed to be prepared for them, said McNulty.

Students can now take an Advanced Welding class. There’s also a Child Development II course that offers college credit through agreements with both Hennepin Technical College and St. Paul College.

Juniors will be given the ASVAB test this year, an inventory used to determine career interests. Parents requested the additional assessment.


Lakeville North

Principal: Marne Berkvam

Expected enrollment: 1,800


Lakeville North is creating a new business academy which will allow sophomores through seniors to explore the business world through specific coursework. Classes will focus on topics like accounting, entrepreneurship and retail merchandising. As seniors, students will have internships.

The academy will be housed in an updated space, with a computer lab, classrooms and presentation area. The program is full, with at least 100 students enrolled, said Principal Marne Berkvam. The district created the academy because business is an area of career interest for so many students.

The district is phasing in a full-fledged recycling program, which Lakeville North will start this fall. The program will include recycling food waste, as well as paper, plastic and aluminum.

The marching band was selected to play at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 1. The band’s 244 members are already practicing in preparation for the festivities.

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