On Tuesday, September 4, students returned to school for the opening of the year.  We had a good week with staff in preparation for opening day and we expect to have a great school year!  As we begin the year, I would like to touch on a few topics of note.



United States Representative Michele Bachmann’s office is hosting a Military Academy Information Night for  students who want  to learn about applying for a nomination for a full four year scholarship to a U.S. Military Service Academy.  The academies include the Air Force, Naval, Army (West Point), and Merchant Marine Academies.

At this Information Night, students and family members will have the opportunity to learn about the programs, opportunities and life at the academies. Attendees will hear about the application process for each academy as well as the Congressional nomination process.

This session is open to anyone interested in attending a military academy.  Guest speakers will include representatives from the various service academies.  For more info, please call Nicole Severson in Congresswoman Bachmann's office at 320-253-5931.

The sessions will be held at:

City of Ramsey Government Center (Itasca Room) Monday, September 10th, 2012 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

St. Cloud Public Library (Bremer room) Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.



The school board has changed its format for meetings for the 2012-13 school year.  In the past, the district has conducted two business meetings each month.  The meetings have been the second and fourth Mondays of the month (unless adjusted to accommodate a holiday or other special event).

As events and issues have unfolded during the past year, members of the board have indicated a preference to have more “work sessions” at which items are placed on the agenda for discussion purposes but without action taking place.  The work sessions are conducted as open meetings, but the board will not take action or make formal decisions at those meetings.

The change in process, for the 2012-13 year, is that the first meeting of the month will now be scheduled as a work session.  No formal action will be conducted at that meeting; all agenda items for the work session will be discussion items only.  The second meeting of the month, on the fourth Monday, will be the meeting at which action items will be scheduled and will be the regular business meeting for the month.



The deadlines have passed for candidates to file for seats on the school board.  The filing period opened at the end of July and remained open through August 14. 

The district has three positions open as four-year terms of office.  The terms of Nadine Schnettler, Lynn Schurman and Mike Austreng conclude at the end of the calendar year and so these positions were open for election.

All three current board members, Schnettler, Schurman and Austreng, filed for office.  In addition, Cliff Johnson filed for the four-year term position.  On November 6, there will be four candidates, then, for three four-year seats on the school board.

In addition to the full terms, at the end of July, Board Member Eric Leither informed the School Board that he would not complete his term of office.  He resigned his position so that the election process could be used to determine a replacement.  The School Board appointed Eric to the position through the November election but also opened a two-year term of office in the election.

Two candidates have filed for the two-year term.  Bob Lessinger and Kara Habben submitted their names as candidates to fill the vacancy.  Their names will appear on the ballot in November for the two-year position.



As the state reports were released last week on academic performance and student progress, we learned that the John Clark Elementary site (Rockville) was identified as a Reward School.  This ranking from the state of Minnesota means that the school was in the top 15% of Minnesota’s schools on the basis of student test performance!

Congratulations students and staff at JCE for excellent performance on the 2012 statewide tests!  Your hard work has paid off with the state recognition and an outstanding effort!



It is exciting to get into another school year!  There is certainly a lot of energy and excitement around the district as we begin a new year! 

I have shared, in a number of locations, that this is truly an exciting district in which to be!  We have a lot of great things happening and there are many wonderful things unfolding in the ROCORI Schools!  The start of a school year gives us a great opportunity to see and be part of those efforts as they happen!

Have a great school year!