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Acting on a recommendation from district staff, the Sun Prairie School Board on May 26 approved a 2020-21 Fund 80 budget totaling $730,035 that will include the addition of a sixth community school site and a facilities rental manager.

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Sun Prairie Area School District students in grades 6, 9 and 12 will enjoy 3,700 new Chromebooks this year, thanks to a $899,100 lease and service contract approved May 26 by the Sun Prairie School Board.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District’s contract with Kobussen Buses Ltd. of Sun Prairie will extend through June 30, 2022 but the SPASD will pay Kobussen’s drivers 85 percent of the money they would have received had COVID-19 not closed schools.

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Board members could be facing a budget deficit of $2.1 million and some tough choices, according to comments made by Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) administrators during the May 26 Sun Prairie School Board meeting.

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In collaboration with the Sun Prairie Area School District, the Sun Prairie Media Center recently announced it will assist in producing a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020.

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After changing its guidelines of how to handle sponsorships, the Sun Prairie School Board on May 11 voted unanimously to accept a $250,000 payment from the Bank of Sun Prairie to refer to the new facility under construction at Ashley Field as “Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium at Ashley Field.”

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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) will honor two graduation dates for the Class of 2020, according to SPASD Superintendent Brad Saron.

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Sun Prairie School Board members during their April 27 meeting reelected Steve Schroeder as president, Tom Weber as vice president, Bryn Horton as board clerk, Caren Diedrich as board treasurer, Dave Hoekstra as board governance officer and Marilyn Ruffin as deputy clerk.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) will be conducting millions of dollars of capital projects in district facilities this summer and has already completed some projects in Sun Prairie schools, according to workshop materials provided to the Sun Prairie School Board last week.

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During the same meeting it postponed a budget forecast and reallocation of conserved funds, members of the Sun Prairie School Board on April 13 voted to approve a new administration compensation plan.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) recently announced that Kirsten Vetterli will serve as the new Aquatics Manager for the Sun Prairie High School pool.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District recently announced that after an extensive search and interview process Michael Morgan Jr. will serve as the next principal at Prairie Phoenix Academy (PPA) in Sun Prairie.

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A decision to go to pass/fail grades at Sun Prairie High School has left some parents upset with the Sun Prairie School Board and pleading with board members to change the decision.

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Wisconsin Community Media, in conjunction with the Alliance for Community Media’s Midwest Region, recently announced its annual award winners for the 2020 Best of the Midwest Media Fest.

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The closing of schools across Wisconsin due to the COVID-19 epidemic means teachers and students will pursue instruction opportunities online in the coming weeks. One useful tool readily available for middle- and high-school students is the Wisconsin Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, or Wiscon…

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The Sun Prairie School Board officially welcomed Sarah Chaja-Clardy as Director of Secondary Teaching, Learning and Equity (TLE) during its Monday, March 10 meeting at Token Springs Elementary School.

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The Sun Prairie School Board on Feb. 24 continued to celebrate diversity during Black History Month by recognizing students who attended the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in January and voting to support a Hmong resolution.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District will spend up to $579,865 to replace lockers at four elementary schools and cubbies at Royal Oaks Elementary thanks to action taken Monday Feb. 24 by the Sun Prairie School Board.

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Pancakes by any other name — flapjacks, johnny cakes, crepes (in France), cakes, hotcakes and even griddle cakes — might have the power to fill the emptiest stomach, but when the Rotary Club of Sun Prairie makes them, they have an even stronger power: the ability to raise money.

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This winter, Madalyn (Maddie) Quint and I attended the annual Wisconsin FFA Halftime conference in Stevens Point, with our FFA advisors.

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The Sun Prairie Area School District on Friday, Feb. 21 announced that Jamie Racine will be the candidate recommended to the School Board for the Community Schools Program Coordinator Position.

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In late October along with my classmates Jillian Finucane, Kailey Brault, Emme Damm, Sophia Hale, Rhianna O’Toole, Madalyn Quint, Danialle Janutolo, and Charles Czaplewski, along with our advisors Kristen Kvalheim and Jennifer Herman, I attended the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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This year at World Dairy Expo in Madison the Sun Prairie FFA chapter was given a great opportunity to learn about all things dairy and farming.

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Join the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO), PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio for the 14th annual “Wisconsin Young Artists Compete: The Final Forte,” featuring Sun Prairie High School senior Michael Wu, on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Overture Hall.

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Despite getting “99.9 percent of what it wants,” the Sun Prairie Area School District’s proposal for the new Sun Prairie West High School received approval Feb. 18 from the Sun Prairie City Council — but not after considerable discussion about public road access.

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This is my first year actively participating in FFA and what a pleasure it has been! I’ve never had so much fun with any other group of people!

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Thanks to a grant from the Sun Prairie Education Foundation (SPEF), every 6th and 7th grade student in Sun Prairie will learn from Damian Buchman, Founder & Executive director of The Ability Center.

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This year, I have been working as the Greenhouse Manager. In the fall semester through my position, I started working on a new Hydroponics Unit that we received from the District Nutrition Department.

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Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (CHUMS) FFA has had classroom visits from hunting dogs, K9 police dogs, and Canine Companion assistance dogs. March brings the start of the Alaskan Iditarod Sled dog race.

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Hello there, Sun Prairie! My name is Jenny Herman. After moving towards the big city and returning from teaching in New Zealand, it has been a great pleasure and privilege to begin my teaching career here back in Wisconsin.

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The Sun Prairie Business & Education Partnership (BEP) has awarded the GRIT Award to two student workers — Sydney Wilson at Day One Pizza, and Orlando Albert at Sunshine Supper.

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“You can’t fight City Hall,” Jack Kerouac once wrote. He never met the neighbors of Sun Prairie West High School, who on Feb. 11 successfully won their fight to change a planned street connection into their neighborhood. Instead of a street, the stub will become a pedestrian-bike path used t…

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After hearing a summary report and remarks from district residents, members of the Sun Prairie School Board on Feb. 10 referred all 36 recommendations from the District Task Force on Student Behavior and Bullying to board member Tom Weber to begin implementation.

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For more than a quarter-century, Sun Prairie High School has provided a showcase for jazz bands and clinicians from Wisconsin and across the country.

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Madison College scholarship winners included (from left, back row) Susan Mertin of Waterloo, Marisa Ludlum of Stoughton, Breanna Zubke and Kyle Kunz of Watertown, Tylynn Vidar of Jefferson, Abigail Adams of Watertown, Alexandra Timpe of Cambria, Taylor Masek of Edgerton, Ashley Ruffner of Ju…

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The Sun Prairie Plan Commission will consider two items connected with the proposed Pumpkin Patch Farms retail development featuring Meijer as part of the commission’s Feb. 11 agenda.

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State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor will join students and staff at Prairie View Middle School on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in celebrating the school’s annual Career Day.

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The Sun Prairie School Board on Jan. 27 called for a special electors meeting to take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 in the Sun Prairie Area School District Office at 501 S. Bird St. to seek approval of a property purchase.

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Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival hosted at Prairie View Middle School (PVMS), 400 N. Thompson Road, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. 

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence touted alternatives to a public school education during a visit Tuesday to the state where the private school voucher program began, stopping in battleground Wisconsin for a noontime celebration in the state Capitol.