After several weeks of articles related specifically to the referendum, I thought I would tackle a few topics in more brief fashion this week. 



We are very thankful to the ROCORI community for the outcome of the operating referendum!  The supportive vote on the ballot question was a positive statement of support for the students of the district and the continued investment in staff, resources and programs.

It was very nice to see the broad base of support in the referendum results and outcome.  The election results showed that the ballot question was approved in all three of the core cities of the district.  The margin of support also showed a broad base.

We are very thankful for the support that has been demonstrated.  We are committed to be responsible and respectful stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to us!



The election also included contests for school board positions.  Three four-year seats on the school board were open in regular election.  Four candidates had filed for the positions and the election showed a good contest. 

Mike Austreng, Nadine Schnettler and Lynn Schurman were all re-elected to the school board to fill the four year terms.  They were challenged by Cliff Johnson in the election. 

Kara Habben and Bob Lessinger were candidates for a two-year position on the board.  This vacancy was created by Eric Leither’s resignation in July.  Kara was elected to fill the two year term.

Congratulations to all of the candidates in the school board election—to those elected to serve as well as those who were willing to serve if elected!  It is important to have good candidates and good choices for positions!  We were blessed with quality candidates in this election!



Kara Habben will be installed as a new member of the school board at the regular meeting on November 26th.  The meeting of November 12 is the last meeting for which Eric Leither will serve as a school board member.  

One of the key activities on the agenda for November 12 is to canvass, or certify, the results of the election.  When the results are certified, a new board member can be seated.  The logical time to do that would be the meeting following the canvassing or certification process.  Kara, then, will be sworn into office at the end of November.

The remaining board members, although incumbents were all re-elected, will complete the remainder of their terms.  This means that the regular terms continue through the end of the calendar year.  New terms for Mike, Nadine and Lynn will begin in January.



This week is recognized across the nation as American Education Week.  The ROCORI School District seeks to honor all school district employees and all who serve a role in our educational system during the course of the week through a variety of activities.

Each building will have some type of recognition program.  The school board members are also present, throughout the week, to greet staff members and to support and recognize staff members for their service during American Education Week.

The Cold Spring American Legion Auxiliary recognizes staff members across the district with their annual “Teacher’s Tea” which is set for Wednesday afternoon.  Other staff members, and other supporters of education, are also recognized at this event.  The Richmond Legion Auxiliary typically honors the Richmond staff with a nice reception during the week as well.



The following information was shared by leaders at GiveMN—a program in Minnesota allowing people to make donations to non-profit organizations.  Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius announced earlier this fall that this program was available to Minnesota Schools.  As such, we have registered the ROCORI District.

A letter from the organization was included.  It states:


We are thrilled to announce a brand new initiative -- Schools on GiveMN!

That's right, we've added K-12 public school fundraising capabilities to  GiveMN in time for Give to the Max Day 2012! K-12 public schools can now register to create their fundraising page and join the more than 6,200 Minnesota nonprofits already connecting with donors on GiveMN.org. 

Minnesota schools have a fantastic new ally with Schools on GiveMN. This new feature on GiveMN.org allows schools to connect with donors and accept contributions quickly, easily, and safely. And students don't need to sell anything!

GiveMN is a Minnesota nonprofit website dedicated to helping schools and nonprofit organizations connect with donors year-round, but especially on Give to the Max Day, November 15, 2012, when our school could win up to $10,000!


Thank you for supporting GiveMN so that we can continue this kind of innovation to inspire giving and move more giving online!”



We are already well into the month of November with Thanksgiving rapidly approaching!  Enjoy the great fall season!  We have been having a great school year!  Thanks for being a part of our school system!