• August 27, 2018

    August 27, 2018

    While students are spending their final days of summer thinking about the start of the school year, teachers and staff are busy meeting to prepare for the first day of class. It is hard to believe that our extended summer is coming to a close and were are just about ready to start the new school year.

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  • August 6, 2018

    August 6, 2018

    I hope you are enjoying the long, warm days of summer. Believe it or not, the start of the school year is not far off. School staff are busy getting ready for the upcoming school year and preparing the school for students. Many of our schools are under construction this summer and students will return to newly remodeled classrooms and schools.

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  • July 19, 2018

    July 19, 2018

    The school district continually looks for ways to save money and to secure additional resources. With lagging state funding and a voter approved operating levy that has not seen an increase in twelve years, the district has used creative ways to continue providing a top notch education for our students without adding cost to the taxpayers. In addition to budget cuts and reductions, the district has identified unique cost saving measures and has obtained resources through grants and donations.

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  • June 7, 2018

    June 7, 2018

    This evening, the school board finalized the levy referendum for November 6, 2018 and revealed details about what the community can expect from each possible outcome of the vote. The board approved two specific lists, the first outlining specific spending priorities should the levy be approved and the second document specifying reductions the school board will consider should the referendum fail.

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  • May 23, 2018

    May 23, 2018

    The excitement that comes with the end of the school year is evident everywhere. At the senior picnic yesterday, our soon-to-be graduates enjoyed the company of their classmates who will be scattering to many different places next year. The previous evening, seniors were recognized for their many accomplishments and received scholarships and awards totaling over $3.5 million dollars.

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  • May 18, 2018

    May 18, 2018

    As you are aware, the school district faced a $2 million budget reduction in order to create a balanced budget for the 2018-2019 school year. On April 5th, the school board approved $1.7 million of reductions. Last night, following a second public hearing for the consideration of closing Central Montessori Elementary School, the school board adopted a resolution to close the school at the end of this school year. The school closing represents the remaining $300,000 reduction necessary to meet the $2 million reduction.

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  • April 13, 2018

    April 13, 2018

    In spite of recent budget reductions, I would like to take a moment to validate your decision to enroll your child in Forest Lake Area Schools and why we remain the best choice in the area.

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  • April 4, 2018

    April 4, 2018

    I am writing following the April 5th school board meeting. The school board acted to approve the first part of a $2 million budget reduction and adjustment for the 2018-2019 school year. Tonight, the school board was presented with a list of $1.7 million in reductions and they will be presented with another recommendation for $300,000 in reductions at the May 3rd school board meeting. This will follow a public hearing on April 26 for the consideration of closing the Central Montessori Elementary School.

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  • March 27, 2018

    March 27, 2018

    Students and staff are hard at work following Spring Break. School ends early this year in order to allow extended time for the construction projects taking place in many of our buildings. With this early end date, we have a lot to accomplish. Students will be finishing their work on grade level standards and course curriculum, taking state assessments, and, for some, AP Exams and the ACT. Spring is a vibrant time in schools.

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  • March 9, 2018

    March 9, 2018

    Today, teachers are busy with elementary conferences and preparing report cards for secondary students. We are now at the end of the third quarter of the school year and ready to start Spring Break. Students have been working very hard throughout the school year and are looking forward to time to recharge.

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  • February 15, 2018

    February 15, 2018

    On Wednesday of this week, one of our greatest fears became reality in the school shooting that took place in Florida. As a parent and an educator, I share your concerns for the safety of our students. Providing a safe and secure learning environment for students is our top priority. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some information about our security plans and how we have prepared to keep our students safe.

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  • February 9, 2018

    February 9, 2018

    During the last two weeks, the school district has held two community conversations. The first one was held at the Linwood Community Center and the second was held at the Columbus City Hall. We have had excellent participation and I would like to extend a sincere thank you to those who have participated in the conversations.

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  • January 19, 2018

    January 19, 2018

    I would like to wish each of you a Happy New Year! While most school districts are just starting the second semester of the school year, we are three weeks into the new semester. The early start to the school year also means that we will end the school year two weeks early. This adjusted school calendar is necessary in order to provide added time this summer to complete construction and remodeling work at many of our schools.

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