11/8/2012 8:46:00 AM Superintendent to retire at year's end
By JEFF NORTON
The Chisago Lakes school board regretfully accepted Mike McLoughlin’s intent to retire at the last working board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25. McLoughlin, who has served as Chisago Lakes’ superintendent for the past eight years, will retire from the position effective on June 30, 2013. “I will turn 60 on May 14 and I am eligible to retire,” McLoughlin said in a letter to Board Chairman Mark Leigh. “My wife and I agree that the time is right for a change.” Jerry Vitalis, who has been a school board member for all eight of McLoughlin’s years, said “You will be missed” as McLoughlin read his letter. In that letter McLoughlin continued, “I have had the opportunity to work with dedicated board members, a wonderful team of administrators, talented and compassionate teachers and support staff and great students and families. I thank all of them for their kindness and consideration shown to me and my family during my tenure here. I will miss working with all of them. Serving this position has meant a lot to me.” High School Principal Dave Ertl presented the high school’s summary of some test results from last year and Chisago Lakes continues to be ahead of the curve in most subjects. Their grad tests were especially impressive, with 97 percent of students passing in ninth grade writing compared to a 92 percent state average, 88 percent passing in 10th grade reading compared to an 80 percent state average and a 77 percent passing rate in 11th grade math, compared to 58 percent state average. High school students were also above the state average in the MCA reading and MCA math by a wide margin. But, Ertl did say math was a “high concern” for the high school because it went from 62 percent the year prior to 59 percent of students passing last year. In MCA science, the high school recorded a low number of 43 percent when they’ve had percentages in the 60s the last two years, but Ertl said that percentage comes with a caveat. “We were resequenced in science, so the top 40 percent of our kids didn’t take the science test,” he said. “When they take it this year, the low results will be flip-flopped.” He was confident that the scores will even out over the two year period and be at or near the average. In other staff reports, Lakeside Elementary had great attendance at their parent/teacher conferences from mid-October. The percentages were all in the high 90s for the percent of parents attending. “It was just a great turnout, just wonderful for the kids and parents,” principal Sara Johnson said. The board also announced that senior Molly Sandstrom would be the student’s representative on the school board this year. Last year was the first time the board had featured a student representative. This year, they chose Sandstrom from a group of student applicants.