The Carlton Public School District is committed to providing quality education for every student and is starting a unique and comprehensive process to get input from our residents in developing a vision and strategies for the future of the school district.
The School Board is now taking applications for 8-14 Community Advisors to guide a community-wide discussion about the future of Carlton Schools, contributing their own expertise; soliciting and incorporating the input of other community members, and generating interest in the community-driven process.
The Community Advisors will work with Facilitator Ann Glumac, and as a group, help lead discussions with community members. The Advisors will first individually interview 8-10 people with an open-ended discussion about residents’ priorities for Carlton students and their thoughts on strategies to achieve those outcomes. This input will be compiled and interpreted to help plan at least one community – wide meeting and an electronic survey to get further input from as many residents as possible. District teachers will also be part of a visioning process. The Advisors will ultimately propose a vision and strategies to the Carlton School Board, tentatively scheduled for July 2018.
In other district news, South Terrace Elementary will receive some facility improvements this summer. The parking lots and sidewalks at both South Terrace and the High School will also receive safety and accessibility improvements. The work at South Terrace will provide students and staff a significant improvement in air quality and circulation, replace the boiler, install a water sprinkler system for fire suppression and install LED lighting which is more cost efficient and more conducive to student learning vs. fluorescent lighting. The total estimated cost of these projects is $5,500,000. On a home valued at $150, 000 the school property tax impact will be $120 annually.
I want to clarify and correct some misinformation that has been publicly expressed about the South Terrace projects. While there may be some increased operating costs to the improvements due to the expanded systems, it is not valid to compare the operating expenses for air quality projects done at Hermantown Schools. South Terrace is a significantly smaller facility, and the types of systems being installed are not comparable. In addition, the Board has contracted with InGensa, Inc. for the project. Their contract includes all engineering and architectural costs, commissioning, construction management, including all costs associated with putting bid documents together and project management expenses. Bid packages are tentatively scheduled to be released in late February for a mid-March opening.
The Carlton School Board has made no decisions about pursuing significant facility improvements to the High School. The Board has prioritized to first listen to the community through the engagement process over the next few months, and then may consider possible options for the High School building.
I am always open to conversations about the Carlton School District, please contact me if you would like to talk.