Listening to the Voices of our Community

Listening to the Voices of our Community
Posted on 05/28/2017
Superintendent Laine Larson

Listening to our community is one of my favorite parts of being your superintendent. Your voice is important as we move forward with the task of prioritizing the needs of our school buildings and the role they play in creating opportunities for our students.

In February, we began a series of meetings to listen to the feedback from our stakeholders. With over 60 employee and 15 community listening sessions completed thus far, I am amazed by the interest and support that we have in our community and the genuine care that exists for our students and the school district. While the school year may be coming to a close, our facility planning collaboration is far from over.

During our listening sessions, we are often asked, "Has the the school district already developed their plan?" Our consistent answer to this is, "absolutely not." While the extensive work that has already been completed includes a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities we face with our school buildings, there is much more work and community engagement needed. Your feedback will help us to best prioritize and develop a final plan that begins to transform how we educate and impact the students in our community.

We encourage everyone to follow our progress at www.blueprint181.org, the new website we have dedicated to providing up-to-date information to our community. Beyond this, the website also serves as a way for us to continuously gather feedback from our community and help answer any questions that may arise throughout our process. We would enjoy the opportunity to meet with the community members and groups wanting to hear more about the district and our planning process. We invite you to engage in our process as this is a "team effort."

We will continue to provide updates through the district's website and the Brainerd Dispatch. Monthly updates will also continue to be provided at each of the regular meetings of the Board of Education. We invite you to attend the regular meetings of the Board of Education, which are held on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m., in the Washington Educational Service Building Board Room.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at info@isd181.org or call 218-454-6900. We want to hear your ideas for how we, together as a community, can enhance our local schools!

Thank you very much for your interest and for all that you do to support Brainerd Public Schools!

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