|7/1/2022 1:39:00 PM|
CL hires a familiar face as Director of Community
Engagement and Outreach
Current Chisago Lakes Community Education Director Michelle Kleist has accepted the opportunity to be the District’s first Director of Community Engagement and Outreach.
“Through the hiring process, Michelle brought all of the great ideas, qualifications and experiences she has demonstrated in her current role, but had much more that she’s excited to bring to our new position. Her passion and drive to ‘tell our story’ really shined throughout the interview and portfolio presentation. Michelle is going to do a great job for us in this new, more defined, more focused role,” said Superintendent Dean Jennissen.
“This is an investment in our schools and community,” Jennissen continued. “We have a tremendous school system: great students, great families, great staff and great programs. We’ve got a great story to tell and without communications staffing, according to our recent Residential Survey, we’ve been struggling to tell it. With focused staffing in this area, we’re excited that people will hear about the great things that are happening in our schools,” said Jennissen.
Along with sharing information about the District, the director will also be heavily involved in communication related to the school’s fall 2022 Referendum effort.
Kleist will remain in place as the Community Education Director/Communications Director until the district hires another Community Education Director.
Realistically, this will be around August 15, according to Jennissen.
In other business at the June meeting...
Jennissen revealed the projected tax impact of the potential levy and bond that will be on the ballot in voting season. On a $325,000 household in the district, their taxes would increase around $25 per month if the levy was passed. If the $19 million bond is passed in November, taxes would go up about $5 per month on the same household. The two will be separate questions on the ballot.