School board election results
Incumbents Rob Rapheal, Gail Theisen and Julie Corcoran won re-election on Nov. 8 to the Forest Lake Area School Board, and newcomer Jeff Peterson won the open seat currently held by Dan Kieger. Theisen was the top vote-getter with 10,538 votes, followed by Corcoran (9,896), Peterson (9,540) and Rapheal (8,435). The final, but unofficial, election results are available by clicking here
Forest Lake schools taxpayers save $9M on renovations
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported in its Oct. 17 print and online editions about the $9 million that will be saved by local school district taxpayers due to favorable interest rates associated with the school bond project, which was approved by voters in November of 2015. The favorable interest rates are due, in part, to the school district's high credit rating. Click here
to see the online version of the article.
Strengthening a Positive Climate for Learning
In a continuing effort to prevent bullying and quickly deal with any bullying that occurs, Forest Lake Area Schools has launched a new district-wide procedure for identifying and reporting bullying behavior. If families believe that their child, or a student they know, is being bullied, they are asked to fill out this Bullying Reporting Form.
The form can be filled out online, but must be printed and signed before it is turned in at any school office in the district. Paper copies of the form are also available at each school building and the Community Education office. Those seeking more information about bullying prevention in Forest Lake Area Schools can click here
to visit the bullying resource page.
Annual Mock Car Crash Video
Forest Lake Area High School, in conjunction with the Forest Lake Police Department and other public safety officials, held their annual Mock Car Crash on Sept. 28, followed by the Mock Funeral on Sept. 29. This yearly event involves students, teachers, parents and public safety officials in staging a simulated car crash scene and demonstrating the effects to the school and community. Students are selected to play the parts of crash victims, and other students and adults assist as rescue personal, bystanders, etc. In recent years, a video has been produced that presents a fictionalized, dramatic account of the events leading up to the fictional crash, and crash itself and aftermath. Most of the actors in the video are Forest Lake Area High School students. Those interested in viewing the video can click here
. Please be cautioned that parts of the video may be graphic in nature. While the car crash represented in the video is not real, much effort has been made to make the crash scene and video as realistic as possible.
October district newsletter now available
The October edition of the School Connections newsletter was recently delivered to the mailboxes of all district residents. This annual issue contains information about upcoming school district elections as well as information about the district's budget and finances. There is also updated information about the 2015-2020 Reshaping Opportunities for Success facilities project, which began this past summer. Click here
to download a copy of this newsletter.
School calendars approved by school board
The school calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years were approved on by the Forest Lake Area School Board at it's Sept. 1 regular meeting. Due to the specific needs of construction timelines for the 2015-2020 Reshaping Opportunities for Success facilities project, classes begin about two weeks earlier than they normally would going into the 2017-2018 school year, and school will end approximately two weeks earlier than normal. Anyone wishing to view those calendars can click here
to see the district's calendar page.