Last night, I had the opportunity to be a part of a group asked to tour Minneota Public School with a critical eye for improvement needs in light of the coming Building Bond Election on August 22nd. As I walked into the elementary building with my classmate, Denise Ahmann, and moved from room-to-room, it was a step-back-in-time to where our educational lives began in first grade.
As an adult, the hallways, bathrooms, and classrooms seem so much smaller than the memory of a child spending so many quality hours in that building that was built in 1950 and expanded in 1961. It doesn't take long to realize, however, that fixtures, flooring, lighting, electrical, plumbing, and windows are in need of updating. They have served us well in the past, but no longer meet our needs.
These same areas of concern were evident as we moved into the second floor of the high school, locker rooms, and gymnasium.
When reviewing remodeling plans, it is evident that there is NOTHING extravagant about them, but a concerted effort was made to convert EVERY AVAILABLE SPACE into learning-space by expanding into vacant courtyard areas that actually serve no purpose at this time.
I commend the administration and Board of Education for taking that conservative focus for this project! As a school district, our FIRST order of business is the education of our students, and giving them the tools they need to become our future leaders and community members.
Their learning environment is a critical part of making that happen! We do have a school to be proud of! As a member of the teaching staff in Ortonville for thirty years, there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't mention my Minneota heritage, and the well-rounded education that I received there.
In this era of school-choice, it is IMPERATIVE that prospective families continue to have a desire to send their children to school in Minneota.
Appearance of the building and educational environment is HUGE in making a positive impression on these families! In light of the above thoughts, I challenge each of your to ask questions, visit the school, and see for yourself that the updating needs are very real.
Watch for updates in The Minneota Mascot, on the school district website, minneotaschools.org, and in social media.
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT to vote YES on August 22, to assure that the Minneota Public School is the BEST IT CAN BE!!!
Absentee Ballots will be available as well in the district office in mid-July.
Minneota High School Class of 1975