The Crosslake Community School board discussed updates to the student and staff handbooks and approved the hiring of a new director of online programming at its Monday, July 11, meeting.
As is customary each year, the board reviewed the student and staff handbooks and suggested updates for the upcoming school year. Updates discussed included clarification of the cell phone use policy for staff, smoking regulations for staff and parents, more enforcement of the rule that students should not arrive at school before 8:15 a.m., and the clarification of vague phrases such as "office staff" and "administration," commonly mentioned in the handbooks.
The board also approved the hiring of Stacy Bender, current dean of students at Crosslake Community School, as the director of online programming. Executive Director Todd Lyscio equated the new position to that of a high school principal and said it is "a position that is directly responsible for everything that happens at the high school."
Lyscio hopes the addition of a director of online programming will help to maintain the feeling of a small, close-knit community for the high school students, no matter where they are in the state.
"I want us to stay small. I want us to feel small," Lyscio said. "I want everyone who is involved in our school, whether it's physically on our site here or they live in Minneapolis, to feel like they're a part of the learning community."
The director of online programming will replace the dean of students position at the school.
In other business, the board:
• Discussed a grant the school applied for with the Department of Education. The school is now in the negotiation stages with the department for the amount of the grant.
• Designated Lyscio as the identified official with authority for Minnesota Department of Education purposes.
• Approved Maucieri's contract for the 2016-17 school year. Maucieri's provides the school's lunch service.
• Discussed allocation of the $40,000 that was raised at this year's Evening for Education fundraiser.