ISD 2906, Red Lake County Central Schools
School District News, by Superintendent Guetter
Welcome back! Our school website is located at http://www.rlcc2906.org and has a lot of helpful school information for families and students.
The summer has provided the custodial staff the time to make some facility improvements, refinish floors, clean lights, walls, carpet, and service & clean air handling equipment at both schools.
Some of the building upgrades that have occurred are: Elementary school, the Library and Music Room have received a new coat of paint and new carpet and at the High School, new flooring for the multi-purpose room along with a lot of cleaning of everything.
Enrollment has been holding steady over the last six years fluctuating between 370 and 383, but this year with 41 Kindergarten students we are up to 391. Student enrollment has the most direct effect on a public school’s revenue, and with the school board’s oversight on expenses, our financial status is solid. In fact local school property taxes decreased for 2018. The facility school bonds issued in 2012 will be paid off after 2020 for Oklee and 2022 for Plummer.
For your Attention:
- Fall sports - Volleyball and Football officially start practice on Monday August 13th. We welcome Mrs. Angie Lundeen as the new head volleyball coach and wish both teams a successful fall season.
- Both Schools will have an Open House for Parents & Students on Wednesday August 29th, 4-8 pm. There are several new teachers and paraprofessionals to the district so please stop by and introduce yourselves.
- Please update your SCHOOL MESSENGER ACCOUNT INFORMATION. There is a link on each schools webpage to Synergy or call either school for assistance.
- The Plummer Lions have continued to support the afternoon Elementary milk break-THANK YOU LIONS!
- Along with the milk break comes fresh fruits and vegetables, all at no charge for our students, thanks for all the financial donations to help support this program as well!
- PLEASE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO FILL OUT AND RETURN YOUR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS BY OCTOBER 1st. Why I am asking this is:
- Yes for your own benefit and the price of breakfast and lunches for your children. Student that qualify for the “reduced” price meal will actually receive a free meal. Kindergarten and students in our Pre-Kindergarten (T/TH 4 year old group) also receive free breakfast.
- The School district benefits. Our Schools had received over $350,000 of revenue from State and Federal funding in 2013-14, but that amount has dropped by over $188,000. All of this is based upon the percentage of students that qualify for free or reduced meals.
- Qualifying for grants, both State and Federal grants are almost always related to the percentage of FREE & REDUCED MEAL percentage of the school.
- The bottom line is, the STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS have decided to provide a free breakfast and lunch to all families/students that qualify. Sometimes I hear a comment about the thought that those that pay for meals are then covering the cost of the program meals, that is wrong, as we receive more in reimbursement for the program meals than what we charge for meals. Basically that means that the program helps out everyone by keeping the meal prices lower for everyone.
- The higher the percentage of students that qualify the more money the schools gets and the more opportunities that are available for grants and other programs to help meet the needs of our schools.
- State programs directly related to free & reduced lunch rates such as the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program for four year olds. RLCC was awarded funding to help support a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program for four year olds with no charge to parents. We would not have received this without your help by applying for the free & reduced meals program.
Please fill out and return meal application forms to either school site. If you would like assistance in filling out the form, please call either school and we can help you. All information is confidential. If you have any questions, please call the school or stop in.
One more thing, with the start of school just around the corner, do your kids a favor and help them get prepared to get back into the schedule for school. Things like bed times and wake up times, schedule changes, doctor and dentist appointments taken care of, and to just talk to them about the upcoming school year, their friends and teachers.
Thank you for all you do in supporting the education and experiences of the students of RLCC!
Superintendent Jim Guetter
DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT
RLCC Schools, where students acquire knowledge, skills & attitudes to enable them to lead productive lives while contributing to society.
RLCC High School Vision Statement
“A place where students and staff take RESPONSIBILITY for their EFFORTS, their CHOICES and their RELATIONSHIPS”
RLCC Elementary Vision Statement
“WORKING and LEARNING TOGETHER to BUILD a SUCCESSFUL FUTURE”