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Additional Instructional Staff, Referendum Updates and the 4-day Flexible Learning Week

As I write and reflect on this cold February day it is hard to believe we are already into the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year and what a school year it has been! COVID continues to challenge all things education from staffing, student illness, to learning loss. As the school year began, educators district-wide were anticipating student needs and what services could be provided to assist all students through the challenges of the 21-22 school year. The Lake Superior School Board was quick to react to the input of administrators in the need to hire instructional support staff. The goal was to have dedicated educators assisting with students struggling and to create and implement early interventions. This plan has been met with limited success due to the need for staff to cover in classrooms where teachers were out. Building secretaries work hard daily to ensure each classroom is covered which unfortunately created the need to pull staff from one area to another. The district is committed to all students and will allocate extra support as well as additional resources moving forward.

As COVID challenged the district, referendum planning continued. Meeting people, scheduling presentations, and answering questions took a lot of time. The time was well spent as I enjoyed meeting new people and sharing the facility vision of the district. Currently, the Project Oversight Committee (POC) is made up of building administrators, three school board members, and representatives from ICS, the district project management team. This team has been actively meeting. The POC will assist greatly in ensuring the projects are moving forward in a timely manner. In addition to the POC, each school has selected a design team. The first design team meetings have been held and teams will be using two Fridays to visit school districts across northern Minnesota that have gone through a similar process. The summer of 2023 is scheduled to begin the building phasing of the project.

The LSSD School Board did take action to continue the application process for the 4-Day Flexible Learning Week. The District has been provided approval for the past two years with school board approval. The Minnesota Department of Education has transitioned back to an application process similar to what was experienced preCOVID. Public comment is a big part of the process with community members, parents, and staff having the opportunity to complete surveys and attend public meetings. The district will be submitting the application in early March 2022.

As I end I want to take this opportunity to say thank you! I know these past couple of years have been difficult for a number of reasons. I have appreciated the conversations and respect I have received even when disagreements with district decisions were shared. We are stronger together and our communities will continue to overcome. I am proud to serve the district and look forward to more conversations in the future.

Thank you,
Jay Belcastro
Lake Superior School District

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