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February 3, 2023

Mental health in schools not a new issue in North Branch
Over the decades Minnesota public schools have evolved into providers of much more than just academics. Public health concerns have long been tackled partly in the school setting (remember those forearm puncture tests for TB?)  Vision and hearing tests are done in connection with attending school.  Education about transmittable disease takes place in classrooms.  Nutrition needs are evident in the on-going free meals debate and school food service standards.
Friday, February 3, 2023


Busy week at Lakeside Elementary School
Above, Students in Mrs. Smith's second grade class at Lakeside finished their We Are Grateful books. Students wrote and illustrated the book that was then published.  From their teacher to their families, to video games to ice cream....these students had a lot to be grateful for.
Friday, February 3, 2023

North Branch School Districts retain some lessons learned
If school district officials learned anything from the pandemic it was to be prepared.
Friday, January 20, 2023

School board addresses legal counsel, snow days, etc. in first meeting of the year
The first meeting of 2023 brought a lot of change for the Chisago Lakes School Board. The board needed to name a new chair after longtime Chair Mark Leigh gaveled his last meeting in December. Longtime Vice Chair Lori Berg was nominated by Brenda Carlson to ascend to the chairperson role. “Lori has shown leadership as vice chair for years. She always comes prepared and does a lot of research,” Carlson said in her nomination. “She knows the district and understands every aspect of the district. She has also been honored by the Minnesota School Board Association for her service.” New board member Cory Spencer seconded the nomination. There were no other nominations and Berg was named chair. “Thank you for trusting me with that big job,” she said.
Friday, January 13, 2023

Mark Leigh finishes 32 year tenure as school board member
After 34 years on the board and over two decades as the board chair, Mark Leigh gaveled his last Chisago Lakes School Board meeting Tuesday, December 20 after not running for re-election in November.
Friday, December 30, 2022

North Branch School Board adopts levy numbers prescribed by MN Department of Education
North Branch School Board adopted a 2023 levy package last week that is about 80-percent controlled by the state.  In a presentation of its latest fiscal audit, CliftonLarsonAllen’s accountant  explained that “...the state legislature determines what portion of general education funding will be paid by local taxpayers.” 
Friday, December 16, 2022

School Board grapples with Superintendent resigning
After nearly six years in charge of the district, Chisago Lakes superintendent Dean Jennissen announced his intention to resign his position effective at the end of the current school calendar year on June 30, 2023.
Friday, December 9, 2022

Jennissen to resign as superintendent at end of 2022-23 school year
Chisago Lakes superintendent Dean Jennissen announced his intention to resign his position effective at the end of the current school calendar year on June 30, 2023.
Friday, December 2, 2022

Chisago Lakes Board reviews next steps after referendum fails to pass
In the first school board meeting since the community voted down a bond and levy for the school, members seemed to treat the meeting as business as usual and decided to take the long term view of what the next step will be.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022


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