This writing represents my 54th and final installment of my Director’s Notes. For the past six and a half years, I have served as the executive director of the Crosslake Community School and looking back, it has been a wonderful journey of growth and opportunity, as much for me as for the school itself.

In August of 2013, the Crosslake Community School was home to approximately 29 staff and 123 students in grades K-8. Today, our student enrollment is roughly 325 students and now ranges from prekindergarten to 12th grade.

A staff of 29 in 2013 is now over 60 full- and part-time staff. A budget that was $1.2 million is now over $3.3 million. We moved into a new building in the fall of 2018 and have enjoyed all that this new building has to offer.

In the fall of 2014, we started our online program with a dozen students. As of this writing, we have more than 170 students enrolled in our online program, making us a one of a kind school not only in the area, but across the state of Minnesota!

I look back with pride over my time spent at CCS, not because of anything I have done, but rather due to the hard work and efforts of so many to see the dreams that were handed to me six and a half years ago come true. Back then, the school board had a dream to add an online high school, a dream to add a prekindergarten program and a dream to build a new school. All of these dreams have become reality for one reason alone:

Community.

It was the building staff as a community who worked hard to create an environment that has attracted students from all over the area to attend school at CCS. It has been the online staff as a community who have worked diligently to serve online students across the state that has resulted in the staggering growth we are seeing in our online program.

It has been our students, who as a community have worked so well together to do what they can to be good citizens, good learners and good to each other. It has been our parents, as a community, who have supported our school through our PTO, by participating in various school activities, coming in to school to volunteer and supporting the learning of the children we serve.

It is the LAKE Foundation, a smaller community of committed individuals, who grabbed onto the vision of growth at CCS and the need to expand our facility who took the lead and initiative to bring to reality the beautiful building we now live in.

And finally, it has been the community of Crosslake and the surrounding area that has provided amazing financial and other support to make our school what it is today. From city government, to service organizations, to businesses and individuals who have stepped up in so many ways, you are the reason we are where we are.

Saying thank you just isn’t enough, but thank you so much. There isn’t another school that can claim the kind of community support that we have received!