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By Lois E Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Consultants give report to ML school

Study says another referendum will be a challenge, but outdoor space important to respondents


November 29, 2018

The results of the staff, students, school board and community meetings were presented to the Moose Lake School Board by ICS staff at the monthly meeting of the board on Monday, Nov. 19.

The school board had hired ICS Consultants to go through a process as it considers bringing another referendum to the voters next spring. More funds are needed to finish the athletic complex and the Early Childhood playground, as well as other projects at the new school.

Glenn Chicodo and Lynn Dyer, consultants from ICS, presented the answers that people from the various groups gave when asked several questions in one-hour sessions.

“These answers show the commonalities and the responses,” said Chiodo. “They help the board see where to go from here.”

It was shown that the common challenges were the tax impact of another referendum but the enhancements were shown as finishing the athletic complex and finishing the Early Childhood playground.

Advice that the people gave to the board were to listen to the community, produce what had been promised and to put the kids first in all projects. It was also suggested that all meetings be archived online.

Outdoor space for phy ed and outdoor classrooms came up in the answers, said Chiodo.

“Outdoor space was important to people,” he said. “There was a lot of that in the responses. It showed up in different forms. It was nice to see the values that that people have.”

He added that the board can now narrow down the responses even further.

]Chiodo also pointed out that a plan needs to be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education rather quickly to allow time for a review and comment period before a proposed referendum will be brought to the public for a vote in April 2019.

Pam Erickson, a fourth-grade teacher, and Greg Eliason, a science teacher, presented the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) report to the board.

Erickson reported that the PLCs meet for 45 minutes each week but it is more than that. “People are getting the idea that that we are working together all of the time, not just 45 minutes a week,” she said. “We also work with other schools. That helps a lot. The big idea is to shift what we teach to what the kids are actually learning. If there are kids that aren’t succeeding, it is the kids or is it how we teach?”

Erickson explained that it is a huge process to change the Culture of Curriculum.


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