Waconia Schools

Several long-serving staff members retired from Waconia Public Schools this year, including Superintendent Dr. Nancy Rajanen, who discussed her career and retirement plans in a recent edition of the Waconia Patriot. Of course, Rajanen isn’t the only staff member retiring this year. Others include Peter Gustafson, the principal at Clearwater Middle School whose career spanned 35 [...]

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The District 110 Foundation and the District 110 Alumni Association will be hosting an All Class Reunion and Distinguished Alumni Celebration the evening of Nickle Dickle Day on Sept. 13. The event will take place at the Lake Waconia Event Center starting at 5:30 pm with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and social networking. To learn more, [...]

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With her nearly four decade long career in education coming to a close on June 30, Superintendent Dr. Nancy Rajanen said she will miss the people in Waconia but she is looking forward to what sounds like a busy retirement, as her plans include teaching and mentoring the next generation of school administrators. Rajanen, who [...]

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The Waconia School Board tackled a packed agenda during its regular meeting on Monday, June 9. One of the first items was a presentation by Carver County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Karnes, who has served as the district’s Student Resource Officer for the past 14 years. Karnes noted that before him, his wife, Julie Karnes, served [...]

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Over 1,000 middle and high school students gathered for Minnesota FCCLA’s (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) annual State Leadership Conference held in Bloomington April 10-12. This year’s student-created theme was “Courage to Pursue, Dreams Come True!” Chapters from across the state competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, participated in youth-training [...]

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The months-long process of searching for the next Superintendent of Waconia Schools appears to be over as the Waconia School Board voted unanimously to enter into contract negotiations with finalist Patrick Devine during a special meeting held on Thursday, May 15. Provided negotiations go smoothly, Devine will replace current Superintendent Dr. Nancy Rajanen, whose retirement [...]

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