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Orono Schools have been named a National District of Character by the Character Education Partnership (CEP).
Orono is one of only three districts nationwide to receive the distinction, and the only district in Minnesota and the Midwest.
Twenty-nine individual schools also were recognized.
Orono will be acknowledged for its accomplishments at the National Forum on Character Education in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24-27.
Orono and the other honorees have been honored for their commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning.
Character is one of three goals in the district’s strategic plan, which was adopted by the school board in 2012.
The Character Education Partnership is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement.
New principal hired for high school
Minnetonka Schools has hired Mounds View High School Principal Jeff Erickson to replace retiring Minnetonka High School Principal David Adney.
In 2012, Erickson was named Minnesota’s Assistant Principal of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. He obtained his administrator’s license in 2007.
At Minnetonka, he served as World Language Department chair from 1998 to 2008 and as a teacher on special assignment and administrative intern during the 2006-2007 school year.
He was promoted to assistant principal in 2008, a position he held until 2012 when he accepted the head principal position at Mounds View High School.
Adney has accepted a new position with the state’s association of secondary school principals.