The school is beginning its second year with the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, Wollersheim said.
School of Environmental Studies Principal: Dan Bodette
The School of Environmental Studies, also known as the “Zoo School” because it is next to the Minnesota Zoo, will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year, said Principal Dan Bodette.
On the practical side, the school has a new roof and an updated security system, he said.
And the Advancement Via Individual Determination program is being implemented for juniors and seniors this year, Bodette said.
Principal: Ben Kusch
Principal Ben Kusch is a new addition to Shakopee High School, having previously been principal at Farmington High School for six years. He’s “starting over in a very positive way,” he said.
And “there’s a whole lot of new going on” at Shakopee, he added.
The high school has 32 new licensed staff members, including teachers, counselors and other professionals. It has made the dean of students position full-time, rather than part-time, and hired someone new to fill it.
There’s a new leadership class offered this year, an elective, he said.
At the secondary level, the district now provides activity buses to take students home from after-school sports or activities, he said. And the school board has waived all student admissions: getting into a football game is now free.
In his first months as principal, he has been overseeing a group that redesigning all aspects of the district’s secondary schools, from facilities and technology to academics. The process has helped acclimate him to the district.
South St. Paul
Principal: Butch Moening