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Sparta Area School District

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 9:54am
July will be a busy month as the Sparta Area School District solidifies plans for school in September. The district is working with the Board of Education, staff, and families to develop plans to maximize safety and instruction with some degree of choice for families, while at the same time making...
Kelten Pfaff (right) is pictured with Mike Seichter of Market & Johnson after signing with the company as a carpenter apprentice. Contributed photo.
Monday, July 6, 2020 - 9:33am
These days it can be quite uncommon for young adults to want to work in the skilled trades and in that regard, Kelten Pfaff, a 2020 graduate of Sparta High School, is a rarity.  Pfaff recently completed Market & Johnson’s youth carpenter apprenticeship program and signed with the company as a...
Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:34am
Several area school districts are working hard to figure out what school will look like come fall. According to Sparta Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren, the best guidance districts currently have is the Coulee Region COVID Compass.  “We have four possible status levels, severe, high, moderate and...
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 10:01am
Back in May 2019, the Sparta School Board approved the proposal from CommonWealth Development Corporation for the purchase and proposed use of the district’s Administrative and Education Center (AEC). Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren recently received an email from the owner of CommonWealth, Louie...
The main entrance into Herrman Elementary School, which is near completion, is an impressive façade of glass and multi-color bricks. Herald photos by Nicole Vik.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:17am
As the bulk of the project is complete, crews continue to put on the finishing touches at Sparta Area School District’s new school Herrman Elementary, which is slated to be complete on June 30. Last week, members of the school board took a tour to see the progression of the project. Construction at...
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 10:15am
The Sparta Police Department will be honoring the Sparta High School Class of 2020 on Saturday with a parade through the city. Sparta Police Chief Emilee Nottestad said the idea came from some of the seniors’ parents after seeing similar events in other communities. “SPD got involved because it was...
Jenna Kroeger
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 9:04am
Last week, the Sparta Area School District held a virtual graduation ceremony on its Facebook page for the Class of 2020. While a live commencement ceremony is still tentatively scheduled for July 22, the virtual event honored the graduates while still keeping them and their families safe during...
Classrooms at Maplewood Elementary School have been cleared out in order for administrative staff to move in prior to next school year. Herald photo by Nicole Vik.
Monday, May 18, 2020 - 9:25am
The Sparta Area School District recently opened bids for the Maplewood remodel, which according to Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren ended up being significantly over budget. At a meeting in January, architect Tim Ruppert of HSR Associates, Inc informed the school board that the total estimate sat...
Lisa Cash
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:18am
This year, no student nor staff received the closure of saying goodbye before the end of the school year and they were unable to partake in any of the year-end traditions they look forward to. Many did not know that when they left due to the COVID-19 shutdown that it would be the last time they...
Before the April shutdown of schools due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Maplewood Elementary School in Sparta was finishing off its last year as a school. It is currently being remodeled and will become the school district’s new administrative center. Photo by Pat Mulvaney
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 10:14am
Maplewood, how do we even begin to say goodbye?  Maplewood school has enjoyed 43 fun-filled years as part of a neighborhood school, home to many children and teachers throughout the decades. In the  early 80’s the teachers named the school Maplewood as there were many maple trees around the...

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