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Kingsland Superintendent McDonald discusses proposed one site location


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Over the past few years, Kingsland has been a school that has made leaps and bounds in the academic realm. It is now considered by many to be one of the most progressive and cutting edge schools in Minnesota, as well as a model for schools across the US. The list of accolades Kingsland has racked up is quite impressive, especially for a public school in a rural area.

For example, they are the first school in southeastern Minnesota to offer an in-house Associates of Arts Program, offering 86 college credits to qualified juniors and seniors; just one of their many academic achievements. Kingsland has been recognized nationally in media for their educational programs and implementations, as well as state wide and locally. The district has hosted teams of teachers from other districts, all eager to tour their facilities and meet with faculty because they feel Kingsland is the best and they can learn from the academic advances the school has made.

Superintendent John McDonald, along with the Kingsland School Board, believes one of the next steps for Kingsland to achieve academic growth is to move to a one site school. He explains that the process towards that decision began in October of 2011 when the district’s strategic plan was discussed. (All districts have a strategic plan that is updated/changed every few years so they do not become complacent and they are able to continue to grow.) McDonald says over 100 people were part of the process at that time; members of the district, the school community, business leaders, etc. The focus of the plan is explained as “Kingsland Public Schools is committed to an academically rich environment through the integration of 21st Century skills.”

The superintendent shared the strategic objectives that derived from meetings with community and school members that were set in March 2012. The goals are academically aggressive and range from attracting and obtaining highly effective teachers to identifying and assisting underachieving students. The strategic plan lists “Facilities that match our educational needs.”, however McDonald admits that there was no discussion of a one site school with the public who were in attendance.

Instead, he says, the board used the foundation of the strategic planning discussions to make the decision to go to a one site location. McDonald says, “The decision was based on what is the greatested educational value we can get bas .....
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Kingsland School Board performs double duty

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room for a Truth in Taxation meeting followed by a regular school board meeting at 6:45 p.m. All school board members were present with the exceptio ..... 
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Kingsland Schools hear concerns, transfers property

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present in addition to Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, mi ..... 
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Kingsland approves high academic rigor open campus program

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on October 21, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room at 6:30 p.m. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Following the Pledge of Allegiance consent agenda items were approved. These ..... 
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Kingsland School receives gift of Stars & Stripes

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All Sschool board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items were approved. In Public Recognition and Than ..... 
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State Commissioner of Education visits Kingsland

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland Schools received a very special visitor on Monday, September 9 when Minnesota State Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, stopped by to tour the middle school and high school. Ms. Cassellius first toured the mid ..... 
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Kingsland prepares for 2013-14 school year

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present along with Superintendent McDonald. Consent Agenda Items were approved including the minutes review ..... 
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There will be Drama at Kingsland

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met July 15, 2013 in the conference room at Kingsland High School. All board members were present with the exception of Steve Tart and Deb Larson. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. Minutes of t ..... 
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Kingsland School Board wraps up 2012-13 and looks forward to 2013-14

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, June 17, at 6:30pm in the Kingsland Conference Room. Members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Steve Tart, and Gwen Howard. Absent: Troy Asher. Also present was Superinten ..... 
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