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Westside students share hopes, dreams

During the month of March, third grade students at Westside Elementary School researched the stories, struggles and successes of some of the greatest Americans of all time... Read More

Candidates discuss variety of education topics at school board forum

The three candidates for Sun Prairie Area School District board talked about the role of the school board, staffing levels, educational equity and a variety of other topics during a forum held at the library Sunday.

The forum, hosted by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition, included candidates Carol Albright, Jessica Moehr and Tom Weber, who are vying for two open positions on the school board during the April 1 election, according to a Sun Prairie Star report.

Read more on what candidates Albright, Moehr and Weber said during the forum through the Star online... Read More

Sun Prairie preschool hopes to win Facebook contest

Sun Prairie preschool hopes to win Facebook contest

A nonprofit preschool in need is hoping to win a cash prize to update and build new play areas.

Students at the Sun Prairie Nursery School entered a contest that will award $7,500 to the school that gets the most likes on Facebook.

At more than 1,000 likes, they're now the front-runner for the preschool makeover.

School officials said a larger budget will go a long way.

"We do very well with what we've been so generously donated from our families, and what we've been able to piece together, but this opportunity would just be tremendous," Sun Prairie Nursery School Program Director Elizabeth Knudten said.

Voting will be open online until March 20.

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

A federal program aimed at getting kids to eat healthier snacks could force cuts in certain districts' lunchrooms.

Susan Peterson is in charge of nutrition for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Peterson said the effects of the Smart Snacks In Schools program will have a much greater impact on her lunch line and her bottom line.

Peterson estimated the changes will lead to a $100,000 structural deficit for the food services sector, thanks to the impact they will have on her al a carte items.

"These programs are a rare opportunity to give kids a look at what a balanced meal looks like with fruits and vegetables and milk in an appropriate portion size for their age. But I can't provide that for them if I can't keep them in my lunch line," Peterson said.

Planning committee votes to support Ashley Field, awaits board input

The Sun Prairie School Board’s Planning Committee formally reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining Ashley Field as the high school's centralized competition field and outlined necessary steps needed to move forward with creating a formal improvement plan during a regular meeting Monday.

The Sun Prairie Star reported that the actions came after several years of discussion centered on maintenance needs and desired upgrades for the field, which has served as the high school playing field for many decades... Read More

Organization to hold school board candidate forum

Organization to hold school board candidate forum

The Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition will be hosting a public forum to help voters get to know school board candidates and where they stand on issues that matter most to students and schools.

According to a release, all three candidates will be at the event scheduled for Sunday, March 16 from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Room of the Sun Prairie Public Library at 1350 Linnerud Drive.

The three candidates include Carol Albright, a retired SPASD educator, Jessica Moehr, a current citizen representative to the school board’s Performance and Operations Committee, and Tom Weber, the current board president.

Sun Prairie Area School District residents will be able to vote for two of the candidates on April 1, according to the release.

Police: Failing to stop for school buses to result in fines, demerits

Police: Failing to stop for school buses to result in fines, demerits

Police said an ongoing issue with motorists failing to stop for school buses could result in $250 citations for violators. 

The Sun Prairie Police Department said it has received complaints that some drivers traveling near Westside Elementary School and Sacred Hearts School are not stopping their vehicles when buses activate flashing red lights.

In a news release Friday Lt. Kevin Konopacki said the police department has planned over the next month to monitor the school areas for violations to ensure "the safety and well-being of our students."

Motorists approaching the front or rear of a school bus that has activated its flashing red warning lights and stop sign arm are required to stop at least 20 feet from the bus. Motorists are required to remain stopped until the bus's warning lights are deactivated.