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Long-time coach and educator Michael Hennen has been selected as the new Activities Director for Forest Lake Area High School. Hennen has a 20-year career in education and high school activities, most recently at Cambridge-Isanti High School, teaching math and coaching football, golf and Math League. He has also worked with the Minnesota State High School League as a site supervisor for tournament events in several different sports. Hennen will replace the current FLAHS Activities Director, Aaron Forsythe, who recently accepted a new position in Mahtomedi. Hennen assumes his new role in Forest Lake on June 25.
At its June 7th meeting, the school board provided clarity about what the community can expect from either outcome of the November 6th operating levy referendum. The board approved a list of cuts to be considered if the referendum fails and a list of spending priorities if the referendum succeeds. An overview of the 2018 levy, along with both lists, can be viewed on the 2018 Referendum section of this site.
Pool open for summer swim lessons
While the district is buzzing with construction, the Forest Lake Area Schools Pool is open. Community Education is offering swim lessons for all ages and levels throughout the summer. To view all lesson options, visit www.flaschools.org/ce.
Students at Forest Lake Area High School have created a video called "We Are Rangers", which is available for viewing on YouTube. Click the following link to see the video.
Due to ongoing financial challenges and a projected $2 million budget shortfall for next year, the Forest Lake Area School Board voted Thursday to close Central Montessori Elementary School (CME) at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to see the news release issued by the district.
Recently retired Forest Lake Area Schools Superintendent Linda Madsen will be among the eight new entrants on May 21 to the school district’s two halls of fame. Dr. Madsen will be inducted to the Forest Lake Area Schools District Hall of Fame along with: chemistry professor Alexander Norquist and businessman Scott Norquist, both of whom are alumni; former Forest Lake mayor John Skoglund; former Wyoming Elementary Principal Mike Conway; and former school board president Norton Taylor. The new inductees to the Forest Lake Area High School Arts & Athletics Hall of Fame will be former Nordic Skiing star and current Rangers coach Ben Fick, and former standout football player John Bruley. Click here to the see the article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Wyoming Principal Curtis Slater has been named the 2018 Minnesota National Distinguished Principal of the Year. The announcement came on May 3 from Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association (MESPA), the organization which sponsors the award. Click the following link to see the news release from MESPA.
The Forest Lake Area School Board on April 19 voted to submit to voters a levy referendum for the Nov. 6 ballot. The referendum would increase the current levy, which is $424 per pupil, an additional $825 per pupil. Click on the following link to see the district's news release.
Families who are new to the Forest Lake area are encouraged to visit our "Welcome New Families" section of the district website. It's filled with information about the area, registration information, and more.
Forest Lake Area Schools has produced three promotional videos featuring several current students and parents talking about what they feel are the best things about being a "Ranger." The videos are intended to be both informational and inspirational. Any students, parents or families who are choosing a school are encouraged to consider becoming a Ranger at Forest Lake Area Schools. The videos are available by clicking the following links: District Video #1, District Video #2 and District Video #3.