My last graduation as superintendent was on Thursday, June 12 and could not have been more appropriate as I end my 40-year career in education. The Adult Basic Education Graduation ceremony was held at Anoka High School. As I sat waiting to give my graduation speech, I thought about the last time I had been on this stage – I was singing “Rockin’ In The Free World,” as part of the Anoka High School Symphonic Rock concert.
When Dennis Carlson was studying for his bachelor’s degree in studio art, a nude model his class was sketching stood up, fainted and broke her jaw. It was pandemonium as paramedics draped a sheet over the woman and carried her out of the classroom, he recalls.
It was a night for proclamations and heartfelt thanks from elected officials, community organizations and even a proclamation from Gov. Mark Dayton June 5. People assembled at the Courtyards of Andover stood in line at the podium to give formal thanks to retiring Superintendent Dennis Carlson for making a difference in the lives of students and the communities served by the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
If the announcement that the state is paying school districts back the bulk of the millions they had borrowed made you assume your school district would soon be rolling in money, you are probably not alone.
Funding for schools in Minnesota is a complicated system that isn’t fair to everyone.
Students, parents and staff in a few of our schools have become very concerned recently because of threatening statements posted on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that have sometimes spread through the school community like wildfire.
Closing schools a few years ago was not an easy decision.
District 11 Superintendent Dennis Carlson has been given a contract extension.