School District 197 to Conduct Middle School Schedule Review

In alignment with the district’s strategic framework and with support and facilitation from TeamWorks International, we will conduct a middle school schedule review. Recommendations as a result of this process will not begin until 2023-24. The goal of the work will be to develop a consistent schedule that meets the needs of our students, addresses the challenges of the current schedule and ensures we are meeting the standards requirements from the Minnesota Department of Education.

A Middle School Options Team will be formed later this spring that includes middle school administrators and staff. The team also will include district administrators who will act as information resources and liaisons to the School Board. The options team will begin its work this summer. A presentation is planned for the School Board at the March 21 work session on the decision making process being used as well as the guiding change document that describes the work to be done.

There will be specific opportunities for input and feedback about the middle school schedule by all middle school staff, students and families throughout the process. In April/May, all middle school staff, students and families will have an opportunity to provide input through a survey that will be used by the options team. In Sept/October and again in November/December different schedule options will be shared with all middle school staff, students and families and feedback will be gathered. The goal is to bring a recommendation to the board for approval in February 2023.