The St. Paul School District will open its doors Sept. 2, but the new school year comes with a few changes.

For the first time, St. Paul will have a one-hour late start on Wednesdays to allow for professional development.

“The St. Paul school board has approved a Wednesday one-hour late start in order to allow staff to focus on student learning, assessment and other professional goals that target improving overall student achievement,” Superin­ten­dent Joe Wehrli said. “As a district we are committed to continuing our long record of high student academic achievement in many areas and improving student achievement in others.”

Another highlight of this year is the first-ever St. Paul Hall of Fame, which will see four individuals and two teams inducted Oct. 3.

“This project identifies and recognizes a wide variety of individuals who have been major contributors to the success of the St. Paul School District,” Wehrli said, adding that St. Paul High School Principal Wes Owens has been the instigator of the hall of fame.

Also in sports, the district is bracing for a transition to the 2A Tri-River Conference from the 1A level.

The district school board recently approved a technology budget, has formed a technology committee and has implemented technological resources in the schools, including computers, interactive projection boards, a new wireless system and a pilot project at the high school in which students will use iPads in certain classes.

Like many districts, summer is the time for construction projects while class is out of session. St. Paul Elementary School’s parking lot has been resurfaced, with money from the capital projects fund. The project has included crosswalks, a student pickup lane and an elevation of the parking lot surface so ramps next to the school aren’t necessary, according to Wehrli, who also serves as the elementary school principal.

The district will see three new individuals on staff, including business teacher, student council and FBLA adviser Don Kunkel; math teacher Chris Smucker; and special education teacher Melissa McCarthy.

“As a district we are very thankful to the community for their involvement and support of the schools and our students,” Wehrli said, “2014-2015 is already looking to be a very engaging and successful school year in the St. Paul community.”

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