Superintendent extends invitation
By Emily Bialkowski
Caledonia Schools Superintendent Ben Barton is asking members of the community to help create a mission statement for the district that will guide all decision making for the schools. He is hoping a cross section of the community can be represented in the 30 member group and wants interested parties to step up and join the conversation.
“To me, this is one of the most crucial things we can do. Our mission or vision will address what we care about, what we value, what is the end in mind that we are striving toward,” Barton said.
A professional facilitator will be brought in to guide discussion and get to the heart of the district’s values. Barton is hoping the group will be comprised of a variety of demographics, including parents, senior citizens, parents of children that are not yet in school, business leaders, town leaders, clergy, school board members, teachers, support staff and administration.
The first meeting will take place Jan. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Barton predicts a total of two to five meetings will need to take place to flush out a final mission statement.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating, Barton encourages you to email or call him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 507-725-3389.
“Please consider participating in this process,” he said.