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Patriot Foundation to Support Scholarships, Grants

posted Sep 22, 2017, 8:09 AM by Brenda Williams
With the halls of Pequot Lakes Schools again full of students eager to learn and excited to be with friends, we Patriots have so much to celebrate! Our students and staff have returned to wonderfully prepared classrooms and facilities for learning, for the arts, and for our many athletic and activity programs. Our Patriot staff is working hard to personally know and reach out to each student, and the sense of community is palpable at our regular fall events. Recent news about hundreds of southern school districts struggling to open for the year due to hurricane damage has reminded me again just how fortunate we are to be living here in the central MN lakes area.

We are very excited to announce the relaunch of the Patriot Foundation this fall! The foundation is being launched to support scholarships for PLHS graduates, to fund innovation grants, and to support strategic efforts to serve our Patriot students. The foundation needs your support to take advantage of a significant matching grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance and invites you to share your willingness to join the effort. Please go to the district website at isd186.org and click on “Foundation Survey” in the left menu to provide your thoughts and input! Contact the district office if you have questions or would like to discuss arrangements for a significant or unique donation to the Patriot Foundation.

Finally, please continue to support our Patriot students by advocating with state legislators for fair and equitable school district funding. Pequot Lakes Schools continues to rank in the bottom 5% of school districts in MN for operational funding per student. This results in less funds to provide activities, less funds to maintain reasonable class sizes, and less funds to attract high-quality staff. In a year when the legislature had a surplus to work with, our school board was forced to make the difficult decision to reduce expenditures for 2017-18 by eliminating a technology support position, cutting a school bus out of the budget, and reducing a key support position for students at EV. Our Patriot students deserve better than the bottom 5% and getting that message across to decision-makers in St. Paul takes all of us advocating together on their behalf.

Thank you for supporting the Patriots and please fill out the “Foundation Survey” on the district website!

-- Chris Lindholm, Superintendent of Schools
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