“We need to generate ideas for achieving equal access to programs and reshape education within our area and around the state.”

—Dr. Luther Heller, Montevideo Superintendent of Schools


Taking to heart the adage that there is strength in numbers, 17 school districts in west central Minnesota, including Monte­video, are coming together at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Maynard Community Center for a regional school planning summit.

The summit will be facilitated by Dr. Greg Vandal, former superintendent of Sauk Rapids-Rice School District. Also participating will be Ridgewater College and the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative and the Minnesota River Valley Education District.
On the agenda Thursday is identification of issues facing schools and items to be explored at the home district level before regrouping in January 2011.

“The first objective is to achieve a sense of cooperation among the participating schools to stretch thinking and explore ideas for what can be done,” says Vandal.  
Montevideo School Superin­ten­dent Dr. Luther Heller wholeheartedly agrees. He has been stressing to the Montevideo Board of Education the need to provide ISD 129’s students with the same type of access to programs as is available to students throughout Minnesota.

“We need to look to the future and think regionally,” says Heller. “We need to generate ideas for achieving equal access to programs and reshape education within our area and around the state.”
With the changing educational landscape and bleak future for new funding, the goal of the regional summit is to identify potential actions to increase efficiency and reduce expenditures by collaborating.

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