5/25/2017 11:43:00 AM CL School Board expresses
appreciation for bond vote
After the bond vote passed on May 9, the school board held its meeting on Thursday, May 18.
The board showed their gratitude to everyone involved, from superintendent Joe Thimm down to the focus groups that were held in advance of the vote, as well as the community as a whole.
“I’m proud to be in a community that supports the kids,” Board Member Lori Berg said.
Board Member Jerry Vitalis added, “I want to thank everyone involved, from the administration to the committees, to the parents and to the community.”
Board chairman Mark Leigh not only personally thanked Superintendent Thimm, but also administration and community from the past. “I want to thank Joe. He met with as many groups as possible in the build up,” Leigh said. “To be able to do the things we got passed, it’s a tribute to the process. The groundwork has been built over the years by hard work by many parties.”
Thimm, who had a superintendents’ conference the day after the vote, was disappointed he couldn’t revel in the passing the day after, but he said he’s made his way around the district since. “The vibe in the buildings is tremendous,” he said. “It’s a shot in the arm for everyone in the district.” The board broke off into pairs to focus on certain parts of the project. Lori Berg and Jerry Vitalis will focus on the new elementary school project, Brenda Carlson and Tom Lawlor will focus on the community center and Mark Leigh and Dani Strenke will be on the oversight committee.
Each committee will feature different volunteers from the district and potentially the community. Director of Business Services Heide Miller said they’ll want to finalize the committees by June 14. On June 22, the committees will tour multiple elementary schools around the state that are new, including buildings in Mahtomedi and Princeton.
Miller wanted to get going on the process, saying she was hoping to get bids out by late December to early January and break ground by next spring.
The district honored multiple students for their achievements at the meeting also. Phoebe Courant and Nina Koperska were honored for their outstanding artwork that won awards at the section and conference art shows.
Koperska, a foreign exchange student from Poland, was honored with a superior rating at sections and a ‘Judges Best in Show’ and All-Conference at the Mississippi 8 Conference show for her painting “Kupala Night”.
Courant was honored with a Superior Rating and Spotlight Award at sections, and won Best in Show, People’s Choice and All Conference at the M8C show for her painting “Juno”, which is of her dog. She was also honored as the Chisago Lakes Senior High School Artist of the Year.