Cloquet School District Strategic Plan

  • The Cloquet school staff, school board, and community worked hard to create a plan for our school district.  The six prioities are listed below.  Following that list, I have listed the priorities again along with definition and some description of the thought process that went into creating these priorities for our school district.  Our staff, school board, and community will be excited to implement programs to accomplish a common vision. 

    Six Priorities for the Cloquet School District

    • Priority #1: Provide strong fiscal management -- balanced budget, effective communication, and passage of a referendum.
    • Priority #2: Plan/provide first-rate technology and access to that technology for our students and community.
    • Priority #3: Continue to promote understanding and appreciation of cultural and socioeconomic diversity.
    • Priority #4: Emphasize high standards/expectations and improve social behaviors.
    • Priority #5: Improve trust between all groups: school board, administration, staff, students, and community.
    • Priority #6: Study student and school configurations and the delivery of programs that best serves our students and community.

    Priorities Defined

    Priority #1: Provide strong fiscal management -- balanced budget, effective communication, and passage of a referendum.

    • Our community wants to continue strong fiscal management with our school district. Part of this goal will include:
      • The development of a fiscal fund balance policy.
      • Consistent communication with the community and staff regarding the school district’s budget and what the financial considerations must be to accomplish the strategic plan and quality educational experiences for our students.

    Priority #2: Plan/provide first-rate technology and access to that technology for our students and community.

    • There is a strongly felt need from that our district needs to keep in front of the technology trends that are affecting the delivery of our students’ education. From research to online textbooks, our students’ education and preparations for life beyond high school will be much better as we are able to access resources and services that take advantage of available technology.  Research, online coursework, electronic books, a variety of curriculum resources, teacher aids, and developing students’ competencies and confidence using available technology are some of the things that were discussed during our strategic planning process.
    • Wireless access at every building is a goal that was emphasized.
    • We need to review and update technology policies to stay current with developing technological capabilities and the number of devices people have that can aid in instruction, research, and communications.
    • We need to keep reviewing our technology plan to assess our resources and capabilities to access information and educational resources. The kind of resources and equipment we invest in will need to be carefully planned.

    Priority #3: Continue to promote understanding and appreciation of cultural and socioeconomic diversity.

    • Our community definitely sees the importance of continuing to emphasize understanding and appreciation of the diversity present in our community. This diversity is an outstanding advantage for our community, staff, and students.  Planning and decision-making, gaining a more comprehensive view of the world, and learning to appreciate and engage varying points of view and life experiences will make for a stronger school district and will develop students more prepared for life.

    Priority #4: Emphasize high standards/expectations and improve social behaviors.

    • All staff and students can be outstanding leaders of themselves. As these leadership qualities are developed and recognized, all staff and students can be leaders in many situations.  Examples of these leadership characteristics can be seen in such writings as Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” Ron Clark’s “The Essential 55,” and in “The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe.”
    • Through pre‐service, graduate, in‐service training, staff will be able to promote positive mental health in students. Students will have confidence and abilities to proactively deal with personal issues, goals and plans.  They will be able to use these same skills to support and help achieve group and organizational success.
    • The District should continue to find ways to emphasize personal and group development of social behaviors that will lead to personal development and individual and group success.
    • High expectations will continue to be present for all students, all staff, all schools, and all district programs. The District should recognize and celebrate this kind of excellence.
    • All of our students will be successful.

    Priority #5: Improve trust between all groups: school board, administration, staff, students, and community.

    • Open, honest, and transparent communications and relationships are important to building trust among all the various groups or publics in our schools and community. High trust levels are needed to bring effectively improve our district’s programs and to realize wide support for these programs.
    • Plans will be made to increase trust among all of our publics and to assess this level of trust.

    Priority #6: Study student and school configurations and the delivery of programs that best serves our students and community.

    • As various forms of reconfiguration and program deliveries are explored, clear communications with the staff and community will be essential. An example is the recent reconfiguration of the special education services and grade configurations affecting the CAAEP and the special education services at our elementary schools.
    • Future studies and possibilities should be non-threatening to the community and staff. Open communication among all groups will be important.
    • Plan and implement vocational education restructuring – more offerings and experiences that will build career awareness and prepare our students for excellent careers that will be available.

Mission Statement

  • Linking school and community to provide quality lifelong learning for all.