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Community meetings scheduled to gather input

Community meetings scheduled to gather input

I am now completing my sixth month as superintendent of schools. It seems like I started yesterday, as the time is going fast and I can say that I have learned much about the school district. I am quite impressed with the expectations of the board, the staff, and the community. I am pleased to see the interest from the community to make improvements to curriculum and programs that we offer to students.

I want to thank those of you that could make it to my Dec. 17 public meeting and I want to extend another opportunity to you to attend a series of meetings and discussions on what we do moving forward. The district administration, board and students need a large representation of our community to discuss what direction we take. The first meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 15, and we will have successive meetings every two weeks following (Feb. 29, March 14, March 29, April 11, April 25 and May 9). Please note that one meeting will be on a Tuesday following Easter weekend. The meetings will start at 6 p.m. and last two hours.

Each meeting will start with a presentation and follow up on information gathered, as requested, from the meeting before and then discussion in small and large groups. The goal at the end of the meeting series is to provide a recommendation to the board of how to move forward addressing our financial, curriculum and facility needs at all of our buildings and play spaces. During the series, we will see the outcome of our facility analysis being done by HSR Architects and the demographic study being done by Hazel Reinhardt.

There will be nights that there will be conflicts with other school events; that is nearly impossible to control. If you miss a meeting, please look for follow up information and notes on the school website under “District” for the discussions that took place during the meetings. The meetings will be held in both the middle/high school and the elementary buildings. One night at each building will be spent touring the building and looking at current facility use and condition.

Meetings at the high school cafeteria will take place Feb. 15, March 29 and April 25. The elementary will host on Feb. 29, March 14, April 11 and May 9.

Thank you for all of your support of the students of La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools. I look forward to our upcoming discussions and your input on what we should do in the best interest of our students and our school district.