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Margaret (Meg) Maurer Memorial

A GoFundMe page has been established for LILA alumni Margaret (Meg) Maurer. Please consider a contribution that will honor her life and passions. Click on the link to learn more and donate.

LILA Board of Directors Encourages Candidates To Apply Now

The Lakes International community is currently seeking interested candidates for positions on the School Board. There will be openings for three teachers, two parents, and one community member. The term of office for the teacher and parent positions will be for two years, from July 2019 – June 2021. The term of office for the community member position will be for one year, from July 2019 – June 2020.

This is an excellent opportunity to help shape the school's future for your children and for students in the community and beyond.

Complete and email the candidate form by Friday, March 5, 2019 at 5 p.m. For more information about the positions and expectations, please see the School Board web page and the Board Election Information Packet.

Voting will take place online from Wednesday, March 13, 2019 through Saturday, March 23, 2019. All staff and parents or legal guardians of current students, aged 18 and above, are eligible to vote.

Election results announced at LILA Annual Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. New school board members will be inducted at the July 2019 School Board meeting.

LILA Receives MDE School Safety Grant

The Minnesota Department of Education has awarded LILA a School Safety Grant for over $340,000 to construct a new, more secure front entrance area at the Lower School at the Main Campus and implement enhanced safety technology there.

LILA’s application was one of 90 public school district or charter school submissions randomly selected to receive funds for security and violence prevention improvements, based on eligibility.

Governor Dayton and the 2018 Legislature set aside $25 million for school safety grants last spring; schools could apply for up to $500,000 per building. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, a total of 1,187 applications were received totaling $255.5 million—more than 10 times the available funding.

“We’re thrilled to move forward with our plans to enhance LILA’s Lower School security,” said Executive Director Cam Hedlund. “We’re also hopeful that legislators will continue to address Minnesota schools’ acute need for financial assistance with the high cost of implementing violence prevention best practices.”

Watch for more details about this project in the coming months.

LILA Receives Top-Performing North Star Recognition

LILA Lower School was recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education among the 526 top performing public schools across the state. Schools were identified as top performers in multiple areas of progress in school performance. LILA was recognized for overall math progress, reading progress for fifth grade and consistent attendance for fifth grade. We are proud of our students and staff. LILA’s star is shining brightly!

The recognition is a key part of the state’s new North Star accountability system that aims to create more equitable and well-rounded learning opportunities for all students across the state. Using data from the five key indicators that make up North Star — achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress toward English language proficiency, graduation rates and consistent attendance — the state is better able to identify and learn from schools that consistently perform at high levels across multiple domains.

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