Community Engagement Process Has Begun

Community Engagement Process Has Begun

                The Carlton School District has begun an organized process of talking with residents about their hopes for our district and students, and their ideas on how we can become even stronger.  The School Board and I are very pleased that 15 community members volunteered to be a ‘Community Advisor’  as this will take much time and potentially be challenging at times.   It is not simple to bring individuals with different perspectives and opinions together to discuss complex topics.  However, I am confident that everyone has a common goal of providing Carlton students the best education possible and this can provide a foundation for success.  The goal of this process is for the Advisors to talk with and listen to residents in multiple ways, listen for understanding, discuss together what they are hearing, identify common themes,  and work towards making recommendations to the School Board on a vision for the future and strategies to achieve the vision. 

                Thank you so much to Colleen Bernu, Dave Chmielewski, Amy DeCaigney, Amber Despot, Lori Gamble, Jeffery Herman, Donna House, Roger Hurd, Chris Mitchell, Vicki Oberstar, Bill Sharratt, Timothy Soden-Groves, Christopher Wagner and Frannie Weber for being willing to take on the important role of Community Advisor in this process.  Indian Education Coordinator Everett LaFromboise will also be working with the Advisors.    Please feel free to talk with any of these people and share your thoughts.  We are committed to making the process as transparent as possible so that in the end, people will feel comfortable that all voices were valued and respected. 

            The process will include individual interviews of many community members, a community wide meeting (in June- watch for further details), and a survey that all residents will be asked to complete.  Our teachers will also participate in a visioning process and their voices will also be important in this process.   

            The Carlton School District has amazing students and staff, and I am so appreciative for all of the residents who support them and our schools.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want to talk, ask questions, share your ideas or concerns.  My email is gcarman@carlton.k12.mn.us and my phone number is 384-4225x113.