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Lake Superior School Board Meeting; February 14, 2023

New School Board member, Jeff Radle, took the oath of office at this month’s Lake Superior School Board meeting. New staff member, George Iistrup was also introduced to the Board that night. Ilstrup is a 5th grade general education teacher at Minnehaha Ele­mentary. He thanked the Board for the sup­port that he has received since joining the dis­trict and shared that when he is not involved with school related activities, he enjoys land­scape photography and storm chasing. Iistrup then invited any interested Board members to accompany him on his storm chasing adven­tures this summer.

Gail Harju, Spanish Teacher and World Cultures Advisor, gave a presentation to the Board to promote a trip to Costa Rica for students in 2024. Harju has taken students on trips outside the United States in the past and this will be the first such outing since the Covid shutdown. The Board approved the proposal. Interested students and their fami­lies should watch for details about the trip as they become available.

In his report to the Board, Community Ed­ucation Director Bruce Remme, highlighted several learning opportunities that are avail­able to residents of both Silver Bay and Two Harbors. Community swimming classes are up and running again and for those interest­ed in exploring their artistic interests, there is the Barn Quilt Workshop. For Silver Bay res­idents, the Barn Quilt Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Two Harbors residents can attend the workshop on Thursday evening, February 23rd. A full description of the workshop is available on the Community Education face­book page.

Curriculum Director Dan Johnson and Gail Harju spoke about the district’s staff develop­ment plan. Each of the district’s schools has a committee made up of teachers, adminis­trators and paraprofessionals that coordinate staff development for that specific school. District wide goals include,

• Working to insure a safe climate and cul­ture that promotes learning in each build­ing.

• Developing community partnerships for improving programing and supporting family engagement.

• Staff training to promote continuous im­provement for all learners and staff.

• Allocation of resources to efficiently and effectively promote staff and student learning.

This staff development plan allows all district staff to practice and improve their instructional skills while focusing on evi­dence-based curriculum and strategies to im­prove student learning.

Superintendent Jay Belcastro spoke about conversations that he has had recently with legislators in Saint Paul to secure State funds for district projects. Hopefully, funds will be secured in the next few months.

The next School Board meeting is sched­uled for March 7th at 6:00 at William Kelley High School.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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