10/4/2013 12:14:00 PM District outlines achievement goals
by JEFF NORTON The Chisago Lakes School Board heard from Communications Director Sarah Schmidt at their latest meeting about upcoming goals and some assessment results. In math, Schmidt said, Chisago Lakes Area Schools will increase the number of students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 that meet or exceed math proficiency standards measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assesment (MCA) tests, from a proficiency rate of 75 percent in 2013 to 77 percent in 2014.
For reading, the goal is to increase the number of students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 who are proficient in the MCA III reading test. Schmidt hopes to boost the percentage from 65 percent in 2013 to 67 percent in 2015. Staff goals are also important, Schmidt said they will be aiming to provide relevant professional learning that increases educator expertise resulting in greater student achievement in all academic areas. The goals also stated that the district would like to provide relevant learning through the use of a variety of sources and types of student, educator and system date in order to plan, assess and evaluate learning, make instructional decisions and evaluate resources allocation. In actual testing results, Chisago Lakes came in average scores in the MAP Math and MAP Reading tests that were higher than the national and state average. On the MCA Reading tests, the CL district from grades 3-10 scored higher than the state average except for fourth grade, which had 52 percent proficiency compared to 54 percent for the state. In MCA Math tests, Chisago Lakes was above the state average in grades 3-11.
The district plans on selling the 26 acre parcel of land they have in Shafer. There is no set procedure for districts selling real estate. They can proceed in any manner that they feel is the most financially benefical. The district currently leases the 23 of the 26 acres out, but it has no educational purpose for the land and won’t be building a school on it. The board authorized terminating the lease of the land, which was only for $826 a year, not enough to cover the $1,180 taxes on the land. The estimated market value for the land is just under $90,000. The district has two interested buyers in residents who have land adjacent to the property and Geronimo Energy. Geronimo Energy wants to put up solar panels on the land. The land, which Director of Business Services Heide Miller couldn’t find the exact records on, was purchased in the late 80s, board member Jerry Vitalis thought. He believed the price was $1,000 an acre. Miller said there is no timetable to sell the land and that it will go to whoever is willing to pay the most for it.