As the buses dropped off students in their respective St. Michael or Albertville neighborhood (well, most of them) today, the St. Michael-Albertville School District put a wrap on one of the more dramatic years in recent memory.
The district was locked down by a bank robbery, tragically lost two students (and almost lost another), had a teacher murdered while hunting on his father's land and another teacher threatened by a former student with a bomb.
But it wasn't all bad for Superitendent Jim Behle in his first year.
The district received accolades for academic acheivement, culminating with Fieldstone's recognition as one of the state's top 15 percent. There will be nearly 300 graduates (get used to much bigger classes ahead) walking across the stage tomorrow night at St. Michael-Albertville High, with nearly 20 percent of those kids graduating with honors.
Congratulations, students ... and parents! And welcome to summer.