Snow postpones school climate discussion


Heavy snowfall and poor road conditions led to the cancellation of Monday evening's Red Wing School Board meeting. Included in the meeting's agenda was an update from Superintendent Karsten Anderson on school climate and student behavioral issues.

The agenda notes from Anderson read: "We are discussing issues surrounding school climate and student behavioral issues throughout the school district. After spring break, we will conduct a meet and confer with teachers and administrators to discuss how we can work together to enhance the educational experiences for students and staff members."

Red Wing staff and students are currently on spring break, returning to the classroom on Monday, March 12.

Safety issues

Recently, two modified lockdowns have occurred in two Red Wing school buildings.

On Feb. 7, Burnside Elementary School went into a modified lockdown due to a student's behavior. Anderson said although the intent was to have teachers continue with their lessons, there was some miscommunication regarding the lockdown. The week following the lockdown, the superintendent said Burnside staff members reviewed lockdown procedures to ensure that communication is seamless.

On March 1, following an investigation of violent threats made in a Goodhue County Education District building, a student was taken into custody. The Red Wing Police Department responded quickly to notifications from River Bluff Education Center students that reported hearing another student threaten to "shoot up" the school on Friday, March 2. River Bluff Education Center conducted a modified lockdown while the juvenile suspect was removed and taken to the Law Enforcement Center for further questioning.

School climate, student behavioral issues and remaining agenda items from the cancelled meeting will be added to the next regular meeting on March 19.