High school students can earn degrees

South St. Paul students now have the opportunity to graduate from high school with an associate degree from Inver Hills Community College without going to -- or paying for -- a college class.

Under a new agreement between the high school and the community college, South St. Paul students pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma can earn credits from the high school and the community college at the same time.

This gives students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, an International Baccalaureate Diploma and an Associate in Arts degree by the end of their senior year of high school.

"With rising college tuition costs throughout the nation, I am pleased that our partnership will provide both academic and financial benefits to students who attend South St. Paul Public Schools," said district Superintendent Dave Webb.

Inver Hills expects to award associate degrees to 30 students each year through the program, which is available at no cost to the student.


Superintendent gets $7,000 in bonus pay

Lakeville's school board has awarded Superintendent Lisa Snyder $7,000 in additional pay based on performance in her first year.

"Dr. Lisa Snyder demonstrated a high level of energy and performance in her first 10 months as superintendent," said a board release. "She outlined an aggressive plan and worked diligently to accomplish our district goals -- in many instances, exceeding expectations. ...

"Dr. Snyder has established systems to identify and benchmark the district's performance. The district now has the ability to measure and monitor progress in many disciplines based on data."

Snyder's contractual pay for the year was $163,700. The performance bonus is not added to her base salary, the district said.