Couldn’t Be Prouder

On Monday, the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance held a luncheon in Wisconsin Dells and awarded a teacher, community member, school board member, administrator, and support staff person from around the state the Rural School’s Person of the Year Award.  I was humbled to learn that I was selected as the Rural School District Administrator of … Read More

When You Get What You Want, You Lose What You Have

by Luke Francois, Ed.D. Mineral Point is a destination school district.  A destination school district to me is a place where, when given choices, families choose to send their children and employees prefer to work. Evidence that Mineral Point is a destination district– In recent years, the number of students open enrolling out is trending … Read More

Game On!

by Superintendent Luke Francois, Ed.D. Game On! These were the words shared with teaching staff by our facilitator during a two-day training last week on interventions.  The training received high marks for content, relatable stories, humor, and inspiration.  Mineral Point teachers were well trained and are ready for students to return to buildings. Being ready … Read More

Working in the Trades

by Luke Francois, Ed.D. I grew up in a family where my father was a rough carpenter, and then later, a finish carpenter.  My mother grew up in a family landscaping business which afforded me a 40 hour per week job pulling weeds in beds at age 12.  After working in a nursery for six … Read More

As For My Hopes…

By Superintendent Luke Francois It’s my birthday! A birthday is an occasion to celebrate the anniversary of one’s birthdate and my birthday is July 4th.   Sharing my birthday with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776 allows me to joke that everyone gets the day off to celebrate … Read More

How to Fail

by Superintendent Luke Francois Fifteen years ago, I read an Ann Landers column on advice for graduates that I cut out and kept.  James Jackowski wrote the article for The Sun newspaper in Holyoke, Mass. and submitted the piece to Landers.  Every year, several friends ask him to reprint it at graduation time and now … Read More

A Note of Thanks

by Superintendent Luke Francois I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal appreciation to now past School Board Member Glenn Kinch for his most recent three years of service to the Mineral Point School District’s Board of Education.  Glenn had also previously served on the School Board before my arrival six years … Read More

A Life That Touches Others Goes On Forever

by Superintendent Luke Francois Once and again you meet a person that profoundly changes one at the core.  Such a person for me was Mr. Don Hawkins. I met Mr. Hawkins six years ago while interviewing for the Superintendent’s position.  Mr. Hawkins was a representative on the community panel making the selection to replace outgoing … Read More

Learn About the Candidates

by Superintendent Luke Francois The February Primary is over, and the candidates for State Superintendent are now known.  Challenger Lowell Holtz, former Beloit and Whitnall Superintendent, faces incumbent Tony Evers in the April 4th general election.  Evers is seeking a third term as State Superintendent. Local Dodgeville School District Administrator John Humphries was eliminated as … Read More

Peace of Mind

by Superintendent Luke Francois A summer pastime for our family is camping. My wife and I started as tent campers in 1997. Through the years, a tent turned into a pop-up, and a pop-up into a travel trailer, as our family grew to include four children and a golden retriever. This past summer our camping … Read More