MN Students Head Back To School 03 Sep 13

It’s Back To School time, which also means that it’s time to start sharing the road with school buses again. State Patrol Lieutenant Brian Reu reminds drivers to follow the state’s school bus laws. He says be aware that when a school bus is stopped with it’s lights flashing and stop-arm out that kids are at their most vulnerable, and motorists are required to stop. Reu also reminds motorists that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks. School buses make 10,000 trips daily in Minnesota. 

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius has some advice for parents. She says be engaged and know what your child’s schedule is and make sure they are taking the courses that are going to help them achieve their best.  Cassellius says it’s also important at the beginning of the year for parents to connect with their kids’ teachers, and to know where and when teachers can be contacted.

Classes got underway today (TUE) for New Ulm District 88 students also, and new Superintendent Jeff Bertrang says that it’s going to be a busy month. Bertrang began his duties with District 88 on July 1st after serving as the superintendent of the GFW School District for nearly 2 years. He replaced long-time New Ulm Superintendent Harold Remme. Replacing Bertrang at GFW is Tami Martin, who previously served as director of the Crosslake Community Charter School. The Sibley East School District also got a new superintendent this school year, with former Sibley East High School Principal Jim Amsden taking over as head of the district.