|1/15/2021 9:52:00 AM|
Chisago Lakes School Board gets update on re-opening
After having laid out their hybrid and in-person return plans the week before— the Chisago Lakes School Board’s regular meeting on Thursday, January 7 was mostly procedural in nature.
All officers remain in place for 2021, including Mark Leigh as board chairman, Lori Berg as vice chair, Brenda Carlson as treasurer and Dani Strenke as clerk. All of the appointments were passed unanimously with each appointee abstaining from their own vote.
Superintendent Dean Jennissen touched on some of the things he had been asked about after the prior Monday meeting, including the Flex Friday built into hybrids.
The extra prep day for teachers was essentially required by the governor’s order that called for more prep time for staff in a hybrid model. There is still a check-in with students in the morning, but the remainder of “Flex Friday’ is professional development time for teachers.
Jennissen also reiterated that the district’s plan is to eventually get grades six through 12 back to full in-person as well. They just can’t put a date on it yet with county COVID case numbers where they are at.
Jennissen also said the district started offering saliva testing for staff, and that it went “pretty well”. He said there were some glitches but they were from the Minnesota Department of Health side of things, adding, “From our nurses to our health assistants to our administrators, it has all gone as well as possible on our end.”
Director of Business Services Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson deferred her financial update to special board meeting on January 21 at 6 p.m. because of how early the meeting was in the month. She needs more time to close out the December information with New Year’s Day Friday making leaving a shortened timeframe.
The Wildcat Community Center opened for rentals this week. Board member Carlson and Community Education Director Michelle Kleist said that groups (LARA, etc.) can apply as soon as possible for spaces, but that they will have to strictly adhere to the district’s COVID guidelines, as well as have their own plans and procedures in place when they are applying for rental space.
The district also received three donations; a $1,500 technology donation from Donlar Construction, a $2,400 donation from Polaris Industries to buy bandsaws for the middle school industrial tech program, and a $3,000 donation from the Shaleen Team Realty Group for air purifiers.