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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum Schools look to improve school climate


October 10, 2019

With the school year up and running, the Barnum School Board and staff discussed attending various workshops and conferences that are coming up, at the board working meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The new high school principal, Gregg Campbell, said that he is focused on a safe and supportive school climate, team building, and getting into an academic rhythm. He added that the instructional staff will be working on the goals that they have developed in their Professional Learning Communities.

He is also looking into Student and Family Support, where students offer support and peer mentoring, and where adult mentoring is also offered. The Carlton County Restorative Practices is also available, he said, as is Welcome Home, that provides for financial, food and clothing needs.

Campbell also expressed his gratitude for the staff, student, and community support that he has received since coming to Barnum.

“I have a great amount of pride in the people that work in this building,” he said. “It’s been great.”

Elementary Principal Judi Vitito said that PBIS will focus on a Literacy, Math and Positive Behavior Intervention System. She added that she will meet with playground supervisors and speak about a common language for them.

Other staff, including bus drivers, teachers, and paraprofessionals, will also be instructed about positive relationships with the students.

The Community Education Director, Roxy Olsen-Hurst, spoke about past events.

“I want to thank the board members for serving at the spaghetti dinner,” she said. “That’s huge. With the pie sales, the bake sale, and the spaghetti dinner, we made just under $4,000. We have Pancakes with Santa coming up.”

Olsen-Hurst explained that the cost of sending a student to Camp Miller is $250-300.

“The Kiwanis Club donated $500 each to Early Childhood programs in Barnum, Moose Lake and Willow River,” she added. “There will be photos in the paper.”

In other business, the board and Superintendent Mike McNulty discussed training for school board members and the difficulty or attending training sessions in the Twin Cities. McNulty was instructed to suggest to the Minnesota School Board Association that training sessions be held in Duluth or Hinckley.

The monthly meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.


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