Kindness and Grace

by Superintendent Luke Francois, Ed.D. Seven years ago, Superintendent Terry Hemann asked me to consider applying to Mineral Point as he was returning to his home state of Iowa.  Initially, I declined the offer as I was not seeking a change in job status, did not wish to relocate our home, the commute was too … Read More

Focus on Feedback

An Elementary School Planning Committee was created by the Board of Education to study capacity and accessibility and report back their findings and recommendations to the Board. To guide the Committee’s work a community survey was deployed. Over 375 people responded to the survey with more than 100 returning a paper survey with the remaining balance … Read More

Wise and Virtuous

Dear Lisa Hay, Julie Stephenson, and Larry Dolphin, As your time on the Mineral Point School Board comes to an end, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your service.  Board service is the most demanding volunteer role, and you took on your Board duties with dedication, grace, and seriousness. More than your fantastic … Read More

Candidate Appreciation

by Superintendent Luke Francois As of this writing, it is Tuesday morning, election day. There is no telling what today will bring surrounding local, state, and national election outcomes allowing me a unique opportunity to share my thoughts about public service and elections without politicizing the points made. When it comes to public service, I … Read More

‘How We Care for and Treat One Another’

by Superintendent Luke Francois On the afternoon of February 14th, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Seventeen people were killed and fourteen people hospitalized. For a perspective, before Parkland, the most significant K-12 mass shootings in the United States were Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT where twenty-seven … Read More

A Typical Week

by Luke Francois What is a typical week in the life of a superintendent?  Indeed there are scheduled meetings, drop-in sessions, preparing for presentations, sharing professional development, and civic duties and outreach.  Here are some of the items in the queue for this week and month. The month of January started the district’s budget development … Read More

New Year’s Resolution

By Superintendent Luke Francois A New Year’s Resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.  (Retrieved from en.wikipedia.org)  New Year’s Eve I talked with a friend that resolved to stop cursing.  Another shared a resolution to reduce … Read More

Wow, what a month!

by Superintendent Luke Francois Wow, what a month!   Recently the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the state report card.  DPI reported Mineral Point is a five-star rated school district that significantly exceeds expectations.  Moreover, Mineral Point Schools received the second highest rating amongst all Pre-K through grade 12 school districts. Sevastopol and Kohler … Read More

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