Superintendent's Summary of the Red Lake School District #38 August Board Meeting
The Board met at Red Lake High School on August 17th, for its regular meeting. Superintendent Lundquist shared the following information relative to activities underway improve achievement, attendance and enrollment:
• Attended Three Principles professional development session is underway to continue to improve the emotional health and well-being of district staff.
• Provided a number of staff attended the two-day ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) crisis response training, which is designed to assist school staff in responding more effectively to armed intruders.
• Introduced the two new principals recently hired to serve Red Lake Schools. Dr. Giniwgiizhig, will be the new 6-12 Secondary Complex Principal and Ms. Tracy Olson will serve as 9-12 High School Principal.
Each of the buildings and district departments offered updates on their activities, including the following:
• All three schools that offer targeted services provided detailed reports on the types of activities available to students. Beading, computer animation, yoga, Red Lake Nation history, lacrosse, service learning projects, cooking, drum groups, archery, theater/music performances, welding and the Liv It program, just to name a few.
• All schools are in final preparation for the opening of school, and have assembled or are soon to assemble their respective School Leadership Teams. These teams provide support for the implementation of improvement initiatives, all of which are driven by data and documented results.
• The RLES Parent-Student-Teacher-Interventionist "Compact' was discussed in detail. It is a newly revised tool that will be used by teachers and other school personnel to guide conversations with parents that will foster improved relationships and increased student outcomes.
• The Director for Facilities and Safety reported the Capital Improvement projects are on schedule for a timely completion, and the Ponemah roof project is completed as well.
• The Business Manager reported the grand opening for the new cafeteria is scheduled to take place on August 31, at 1:00. In addition, he confirmed the 2015-16 federal programs have been reconciled and balanced, and the annual transportation report is also completed and submitted.
• The Human Resource Coordinator's report indicated there are positions available for substitutes in all areas including custodian, bus drivers, paras, cooks, guards, secretaries and teachers. Orientation sessions for new substitutes will begin this month, and will be repeated throughout the year.
• The Assistant Superintendent for Supplemental Services reported the district will be involved in a Minnesota Department of Education monitoring and compliance file review in the coming year. In addition, Red Lake Schools will participate in fiscal monitoring review also.
In other business the Board entered into an agreement with the Tribal Court system to for the Tribal Truancy Court System, approved the hire on a number of new staff, considered the possible location of a running track for the Secondary Complex, and discussed the feasibility of allowing students to enter the ALC classroom, which was recently relocated to the old cafeteria, through the District Administrative Offices.