Pay for Your Gas

By Superintendent Luke Francois After returning from a vacation that traveled through many states out west, I was thinking how lucky Wisconsinites are for not having to prepay for gas.  I was always troubled when I would have to park, go inside to prepay, then back outside again to pump gas.  It was not efficient, … Read More

Selflessness

by Luke Francois, Superintendent A recent trip through North Dakota reminded me of a simple word.  Selflessness.  Acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of others. I pulled on to an off-ramp and stopped next to a white cross on the side of the road.  The cross was most likely from a … Read More

Let Your Kids Fail

by Superintendent Luke Francois Let Your Kids Fail What?  The Superintendent is suggesting parents let kids fail?  That’s right. I am.   A recent video on Twitter inspired me to write about letting kids fail.  As a wrestler in high school and college, I won many more matches than I lost.  Memorable matches I lost … Read More

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