Homecoming parade a welcome addition back to the Caledonia Area Schools landscape

By Daniel E. McGonigle

General Manager

The Caledonia Argus

“I just want to applaud the high school for bringing back the homecoming parade,” said board chairman Kelley McGraw. “And anyone on the staff who helped make that happen.”

The assembled board members and staff couldn’t remember the last time the district held a homecoming parade, but the board seemed collectively excited to have it coming back.

The plan is to have a Homecoming parade on September 15, starting at 2:15 p.m., and tailgating will be held at the high school parking lot at 5 p.m.

Clay target league

Gary Beardmore and Kevin Weichert addressed the school board in regards to the idea of the school district participating in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.

Several students informed the board that they would like to see “our school district participate in this activity,” as students enjoy this activity, all students are eligible to participate, and it is a co-ed sport.

After a discussion, it was the consensus of the board that this will be acted upon at the regular school board meeting in September.

Other quick hits

• Mr. Roy Kerrigan introduced himself as the new student school board representative this year, and stated that he is looking forward to serving in this role for the school district. We will have a story featuring Mr. Kerrigan and the other new student school board members following the start of the 2017-18 school year.

• The district voted to require the students to take the ACT test and also voted to pay for the test as it is a budgeted item for the next school year.

• Mrs. Meyer attended the CLA year-end receivables workshop in Rochester. She has worked on the LTFM plan and submitted information to the Minnesota Department of Education. She is working on the new online meal application process between MySchoolApps, MSA, Client, NutriKids, PowerSchool, MDE and the new waiver requirements. She has worked with Amber Kulig on the school district’s special ed review corrective action requirements/reporting. She updated the summer levy system. She continues working on referendum planning, online credit card payment application/process, Targeted Services reporting, CTE reporting, and audit preparation/reconciliations.

• Mrs. Morem informed the board that a lot of painting has been done in the high school side, the commons area, and hallways. She thanked the maintenance staff for all their hard work over the summer months. Mr. Harguth has been working hard with a variety of summer ag programs with the students. She has attended several different trainings the past two weeks with the highlights being the Winona State University Supervisor training and the new program called EDUclimber. She has reviewed data with the teams and made some preliminary site goals for the MSHS building. Co-teaching training will take place this week as well as the new teacher mentor/mentee workshop. The archway into the athletic complex will begin at the end of this week.