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Viewpoint: Help school district use resources wisely

By Karsten Anderson, superintendent of Red Wing Public Schools

Thank you, Red Wing, for your support of the school district's two operating levy questions on Nov. 6. Clearly, residents support our students and understand how the school district helps sustain a strong community.

Residents expect results from the increased investment, so I will provide updates about our efforts related to the educational plan and referendum. Today's column focuses on decision-making processes, work-based learning experiences, and process for adding instructional and support services. Subsequent columns will address other areas related to our educational plan.

Next steps

This winter and spring, we will formalize plans on how to spend additional resources in the most effective ways. Decisions will be based on

• our educational plan,

• referendum promises,

• impact on student achievement, and

• impact on career and college readiness.

Many changes will begin at the beginning of next school year, but some will take more time because of the complex planning involved. We will involve staff members and community members as we develop and implement changes.

We are already implementing some of our career-readiness work. Thanks to a "Learn and Earn" grant from the state, several students completed OSHA-10 training and will be interning with local employers second semester. Thirty other students will complete job shadowing experiences. These initial efforts will provide feedback to a coordinator who will be hired this spring to implement work-based learning experiences.

The passage of both referendum questions will also allow the school district to enhance instructional and support services as well as update curriculum, equipment, and technology. This spring, committees with staff members, business representatives, and community members will review lists of needs developed by teachers to make sure purchases are consistent with the educational plan and current student and employer needs.

Together, we made decisions about our schools and community on Nov. 6. We will continue the dialogue to make sure our students are served well and that resources are spent wisely. Please share your thoughts and questions by contacting me at or 651-385-4502.