CLOQUET SCHOOL BOARD WORKING SESSION SUMMARY, GARFIELD SCHOOL BOARD ROOM, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012 - 5:00 P.M.
CLOQUET SCHOOL BOARD WORKING SESSION SUMMARY
GARFIELD SCHOOL BOARD ROOM
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012 - 5:00 P.M.
I. Call of Working Session to Order
Board Chair Gary Huard called the working session to order at 5:06 p.m.
II. Roll Call
Sandy Crowley, Dan Danielson, Jim Crowley, Dave Battaglia, Duane Buytaert, Gary Huard, Superintendent Ken Scarbrough, and Executive Assistant Bonnie Monfeldt
III. Discuss Strategic Planning Proposal
Superintendent Ken Scarbrough provided the board with a summary of the proposal to conduct strategic planning for the Cloquet School District.
The board asked if samples of prior work could be provided from Mr. Miles. The board thought this would be helpful to see some finished products from other planning projects he has accomplished.
Other options could include having MSBA come up and facilitate a collaboration/goal setting meeting with the board which would cost approximately $1,000.
The cost was also discussed and the board asked Superintendent Scarbrough to talk to Mr. Miles to see if there were ways to lower the cost of the proposed project.
By using Mr. Mile's services the district could end up with a more finished product with clear direction. He is also experienced in working in the Northeastern Minnesota area.
- Areas that could be included:
Are we preparing our students for the types of careers that are out there waiting for them? This is a question we need to ask ourselves.
Technology - what is our vision in this area; access, capacity, and curriculum?
Teacher Assessment Goals - work has begun in this area but if we had it as a District goal; year after year we could identify what we have accomplished.
The Board needs to hold themselves accountable for any goals identified and determined.
Board members asked that the proposal be added to the next school board agenda for further discussion and possible action.
IV. Superintendent Goals
Superintendent Ken Scarbrough provided board members with a handout that provided information on areas of focus for him and his office over the past year. A lot of his time is driven by "task" items; keeping up with federal and state requirements, etc. He felt it is important to review and discuss what he has been spending his time on as superintendent. He asked that the board take extra time in reviewing the information so they could then rate how they felt the time was spent, i.e.:
A. Appropriated amount of time/focus on this task or area.
B. Not enough time/focus on this task or area.
C. Too much time/focus on this task or area
Past Areas of Focus Review:
A suggestion was made for the board members to take the information provided home to have more time to review it more closely and then hold another meeting to discuss it. It would provide additional time to reflect on the information.
Superintendent Scarbrough briefly reviewed each area listed.
Another working session will be scheduled in the near future to further discuss what the next steps will be in this process.
There being nothing further to discuss, Boar Chair G. Huard adjourned the working session at 7:42 p.m.
School Board Clerk
School Board Chair