Farewell to Staff

Superintendent’s Corner by Luke Francois The graduating class of 2016 has departed into a world of endless opportunities. Students and staff now follow and enter a summer break to be followed by a recommitment to another school year this fall. Sadly, a few staff members will not be returning this fall and I take this opportunity to write … Read More

A Thank You and Closing the Gaps

by Superintendent Luke Francois A Thank You Please permit me to express my personal appreciation to now past School Board Member Matt Lindsey for his six years of service to the Mineral Point School District’s Board of Education. Matt served as President during his tenure and his rational approach to the decision-making process was a … Read More

The Opportunity of Conflict

by Luke Francois, Superintendent As the Mineral Point School District moves forward in the budget development process tough decisions will be made.  The board will listen to community stakeholders and make choices between spending money in attempt to impact student learning and reducing resources in demonstration of fiscal restraint.  Inevitably this delicate cross-walk creates conflict. … Read More

Technology

by Luke Francois As part of a four-part series, the fourth and final focus area of the District’s strategic plan focuses on technology. Technology is continuously changing, forcing the District to adapt to the ever changing needs of students and their abilities to enhance learning using the most current technology available. The District submits a … Read More

Academic Achievement

by Superintendent Luke Francois The Board of Education approved a strategic plan that includes four areas of focus: Fiscal Responsibility, Community Engagement, Academic Achievement, and Technology. Today’s column will focus on efforts to date surrounding academic achievement. The District has invested time and resources to embrace the concept of Professional Learning Communities. Professional Learning Communities focus on results, … Read More

Community Engagement

The Board of Education has created and approved a strategic plan with four areas of focus: fiscal responsibility, community engagement, academic achievement, and technology. The second area of the strategic plan, community engagement, is highlighted in today’s column. When hired as superintendent almost five years ago a large concern conveyed through the interview process was … Read More

School Board Member Guide for Candidates

The role of School Board Member is challenging yet rewarding.  The mission of the school board is to improve student learning and prepare students for a bright future in a big world.  As an individual contributor to collective board decisions, a member identifies policies to improve schools and celebrates successes with the Mineral Point community.  … Read More

Fiscal Responsibility

The District has a strategic plan with four areas of focus:  fiscal responsibility, community engagement, academic achievement, and technology.  The first of four focus areas of the District’s strategic plan is fiscal responsibility.  One goal of the board is to create and implement a communication plan to inform the community on the school budget and … Read More

Checking in with the Superintendent

Friday, October 16 is National Boss’s Day, so it’s fitting then we check in with the leader of the Mineral Point Unified School District, Luke Francois, Ed.D. Francois is in his fifth year holding the district’s top spot. Read his thoughts on his time in Mineral Point below this short quiz. Quiz: How well do … Read More

A SWOT Analysis

Education is filled with acronyms such as NCLB, CCSS, PLC, ELL, and RTI, to name a few.  How many of the above can you name?  Check yourself with the answers at the end of this column.  I hesitate to throw one more acronym into the mix; however, leadership often conducts a SWOT analysis.  A SWOT … Read More