It has been my distinct pleasure to have served on the Independent School Dsitrict 834 board for these last four years and for the last two years as board chairman. As a board, we have worked very closely with Dr. Corey Lunn and district administrators to implement significant changes to our culture and to our schools.
In the past two years the administrative team and the board have completed and implemented the following items:
School boundary changes.
School budget cuts of $6.4 million dollars.
Implementation of our Vision 2014 strategic plan.
Implementation of our new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum (STEM) in all our K-12 buildings without using any taxpayer dollars at a savings of $1.5 million dollars over three years. Special thanks to 3M, Andersen Windows, Project Lead the Way, The Partnership Plan and the Hubbard Foundation for their contributions.
A new Early Childhood Education Center that will help all parents and children prepare for school through individual assessments. This was accomplished using a $1 million dollar donation from the Whitsen Foundation and built on school property to save the taxpayers money. We also partnered with the Courage Center and District 916 to help defray the cost of the facility through long-term rental agreements.
In 2012, we started our shared services meeting with County Commissioner Gary Kriesel, Stillwater City Councilman Doug Menikheim and 12 mayors and city council members. The meetings have lead to opportunities for cost savings, assessment of county facilities and shared training opportunities for all of the cities, townships in the Stillwater School District
I would like to thank the parents, students and community members that participated in the open forums for their civility and willingness to listen to our budget challenges and concerns.
Thank you again for the opportunity to serve on the school board. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the greater St. Croix Valley community. Go Ponies.