District gets feedback at cafe event

by Jim Boyle
The process of reshaping the Elk River Area School District’s Strategic Plan began Tuesday night with a diverse cross-section of about 60 citizens taking part in the first of three Community Cafes at the Handke Family Center.

While being waited on by District 728 administrators and served food lifted straight from the recipes of District 728 students, those in attendance were broken into small groups and rotated around the room to answer a series of questions.

Their answers were recorded and later hung on the walls for everyone to see. The answers to questions about people’s dreams for the district, changes needed to make them a reality, things to protect in the process and what role the community can play in getting there will be tabulated and advanced to strategic planning sessions being planned this fall.

From left to right: Christopher Borum, Elk River Mayor John Dietz, Elk River Education Association President Bill Hjertstedt and ERHS student Morida Soun at the Community Cafe.

District 728 plans two more of these family-style conversations — one in Rogers and one in Zimmerman. There are still seats available at the forum planned for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at Westwood Elementary School. Limited seating is available for the 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 event at Hassan Elementary.

For logistical (seating, food, childcare) purposes, participants are asked to RSVP by May 10 for Westwood and May 9 for Hassan at www.elkriver.k12.mn.us/2011stratplan.

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