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Superintendent's Summary of the Red Lake School District #38 July Board Meeting


The Board met at the Red Lake School District Office on July 21st, for its regular meeting. Superintendent Lundquist shared the following information relative to activities underway to improve achievement, attendance and enrollment:

• The implementation plan for the Parent Education Partnership Project was shared which indicated 20% of the participants in the workshops went on to complete the Foundational Level I training to become certified parent educators. In addition, the self-assessment ratings of participants indicated their skills improved significantly from 2.3 to 4.8 on average on a five point scale.

• The Annual Report from the Tribal Truancy Court Project detailed a successful partnership with the District, and indicated further evolution of the project may provide for the development of an alternative style follow-up approach following the formal hearing, which may be held in the school district office.

• The Home School Liaison (HSL) Annual Report for the Secondary Complex indicated that 379 home visits were completed, 93 truancy cases were submitted to the Courts for a formal hearing, and the HS HSL had contact with 93% of the student body, while the MS HSL interacted with 76% of the students on truancy issues.

• The School Resource Officer's (SRO) Annual Report indicated 89 students completed prevention courses for drug and alcohol use and gang resistance education, totally more than 50 hours of instruction.

Each of the buildings and district departments offered updates on their activities, including the following:

• The Facilities Director's report stated the roofing projects for the Ponemah and Red Lake Elementary Schools are complete. No leaks were reported during the past week in which both buildings were subjected to heavy storms and rain. In addition, all summer capital investment projects are on schedule for completion prior to the start of school, and under budget.

• The Community Education Coordinator's reported the summer activities and programs provided for youth in collaboration with the HSL and SRO are meeting with success and include cultural activities, basketball and baseball camps, a running club, field trips, garden clubs, and a science camp.

• The Human Resources Coordinator reported the rates for Health Care coverage have risen by about 20%. Training dates are set for substitute teachers and new staff.

• The Business Managers report stated the School Board Primary Election will be held in conjunction with the statewide primary election on Tuesday, August 9th. The six candidates receiving the most votes will move on to the November 8th, general election. In addition, the District's Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Revenue plan was reviewed.

In other business the Board hired a new 9-12 High School Principal, Tracy Olson. She will work closely with the newly hired Secondary Principal, Henry Giniwgiizhig. The Board also adopted a resolution to add a seventh member to the School Board which will go before the public in the November election.

When the Children thrive, the Nation thrives.

Anne M. Lundquist, Ed. D.


Red Lake School District #38


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