First, our district continues to be an educational leader in the region and state of Minnesota, thanks to the professionalism and tireless efforts of our capable staff. We rank at or near the top in all state assessments for our region and well above the state average. Again, our preliminary state assessment scores for 2017 are showing a high percentage of proficiency among our students. With that said, we continue to stay focused on making improvements to offer the very best education for your child(ren).
Specifically, we recently received a grant award of over $40,000 to implement evidenced based practices in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education programs in order to improve outcomes, better preparing them for kindergarten and primary school. At the same time, we have implemented a medical careers class as an expansion of our Career and Technical Education courses in 2017-18 for our high schoolers.
We are continuing to improve our learning environments by starting a second phase of facility improvements on the girl’s locker room and water piping system. This will also provide new fixtures throughout our 1956 addition along with updated lighting. We are also adding four mobile Chromebook labs (120 devices) to our high school departments for student use at the start of the 2017-18 school year. This will provide more technology access to more students. At the same time, we have moved forward on the districts strategic plans for a new practice gymnasium/community center and we will be asking for your vote on this project on Tuesday, August 8th. Please join us for an informational meeting regarding this project on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
With support of the new practice gym/community center project, we will be able to provide for identified needs for our students and community. These include additional needed space for physical education/health classes, additional needed practice space for school sponsored educational athletics, a competition area for lower level games, an additional needed competition area for tournaments in all areas, a needed community center that will include a walking track, and a definite benefit to economic development for our community and county as a whole.
As stakeholders you trust that the school board not only provides a high-quality education for the children of the district but that we are also responsible stewards with your tax dollars. Your continued support of the district propositions over the years and of our strategic planning initiatives confirms your belief in us. We pledge to continue our efforts of financial transparency and accountability to you.
In April, we sent out a parent satisfaction survey on seven categories designed to provide a picture of parental opinion about our schools. These seven categories were: 1. Instruction 2. School Safety, Discipline and Character 3. School Culture 4. Administration 5. Communication 6. Support Services 7. New Gym/Community Center. The detailed results of this feedback can be viewed at https://goo.gl/Kpq6mQ. This feedback is valuable in knowing what we are doing well along with areas where we need improvements. Thank you for taking the time to provide this important information.
On behalf of the board, the administration, the faculty, and our support staff, we thank you for your continued interest in our efforts. Parental and community support are hallmarks of a healthy and growing school system. Thank you!
Superintendent, Murray County Central Public Schools