Golfer Courtney Bloom competed in her second state golf meet this June. The baseball team also competed in the state tournament, earning fourth place. Junior TJ Johnson and senior Cody Dunkley earned all-tournament team honors. All three tournament games were exciting, Coach Kreger has built an excellent team that looks strong again next year.
We have a strong group of parents that wish to get started with some fresh ideas for parent involvement. Recently a group of HES PTO, HFHS parent boosters, FES PTO, and interested parents met to discuss their ideas to improve student experiences and get more families involved in our schools. Thanks to all of those taking the next steps to make our schools better. One of the ideas to help connect families will be a district wide facebook page. This will help with communication and to get out the good word about our schools. I hope to have this up and running in July.
Facilities planning is on going at H-F schools. We have contracted with Foster, Jacobs, and Johnson to develop a ten year plan on how to maintain, improve, and support student achievement through our facilities. This week the school board met with representatives from FJJ to go over the results of demographic study and the results of community feedback on the facilities.
Our demographics are not predicted to change much over the next ten years. School population is set to grow slightly as is the population of our school district. Pine County, overall, is projected to see a slight decrease in population but the Hinckley area is still growing slightly. We had 965 students in K- 12 this year and may grow to 1000 students.
The feedback from listening sessions was provided by teachers, community members, students, and the school board. My summary of the report findings are that we do not need to build any new schools our facilities are well maintained. The community would like more facilities for recreation and healthy activities. The community and school board want any plans to be fiscally responsible with minimal tax impact. High School students would like updated restrooms, sports facilities, and outdoor eating areas.
Our next steps include a study of the building impact on learning and viewing the cost and tax impact of any possible projects. Thanks to those of you have given input so far. If you want to learn more or give your input, there will be a coffee and conversation on Tuesday July 12th at 7:00 PM.
Rob Prater, Superintendent