Students in middle school in Two Harbors will use some of their Fridays off this fall to work with older adults on a photography project. The program “Do You See What I See?” involves six middle school students and six senior citizens and will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 in the community room at Bayview Terrace.
After the major concern exhibited by the school board regarding the district’s “dire” financial situation earlier this year, and its supposed impact on the quality of education for our district’s children, I was taken aback when I saw what the four-day week savings were being spent on.
New computers. New leaders. An orchard? Those three things mark a new school year in Lake County. Other than the obvious four-day week change in Lake Superior School District, kids will be offered many new twists to the current school year.
The Lake Superior School District Board has approved the purchase of three new buses at a cost of about $76,000 each. The district is able to purchase the buses after getting a four-day week approved, which saves the district about $250,000 a year.
Change is difficult. When something has been done a certain way year after year, decade after decade, a recognizable pattern is created. People become accustomed to and comfortable with that pattern, and when it suddenly changes it can cause confusion, stress, and, occasionally, even anger.
After a third try, the Lake Superior School District proposal for a four-day week at Two Harbors and Silver Bay schools was approved by the state this week. It means students, parents, and staff will face a radical change in the school routine come Sept. 7.
At a Lake Superior School District Board meeting Thursday, Superintendent Phil Minkkinen said he wants a meeting with Minnesota Department of Education Commissioner Alice Seagren “immediately” to discuss why the district’s four-day week application was rejected.
Students and staff at schools in Two Harbors and Silver Bay will likely proceed as usual this coming school year – it’s expected they will have five days of classes a week after a second denial of the Lake Superior School District’s application for a four-day school week.
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