Floodwood School Celebrating Excellence

Updated: February 04, 2019 06:35 PM

Floodwood School was validated as a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principlas' Association (MESPA) Monday. Floodwood School is one of only five schools across the state to be validated as a Minnesota School of Excellence this year.

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Principal and Superintendent Dr. Rae Villebrun said, "we are working really hard to make sure that all kids are successful. And when you have a successful school, you have a successful town."

She says it's been a long road, having begun the application process last November. "It was a long process of looking at the things we're doing, and really diving into it determining what we need to work on and what things we're doing well, but could we do them better," Villebrun said.

Any school can apply, but six standards must be satisfied to receive validation. MESPA excecutive director Jon Millerhagen presented the award today. He said, "this program reveals ways in which the staff might improve the school, and that is what Floodwood School has done so successfully."

Ryann Koivisto, a Floodwood student in her senior year, also believes the school has demonstrated improvement. "I think our school has gotten a lot better over the years, and it's nice to be a part of it," she said. Ryann was one of many students who wrote essays asserting the school's excellence as part of their application to the program.

Hope Skripsky's kids graduated from Floodwood, and now she has grandkids in school there.  She's also a special education paraprophessional for the school, and she's proud of the direction the school is headed in. Skripsky said, “it's fun to watch the kids excel and do better. Working in the grade I work in, it’s amazing to watch the progress.”

Floodwood School will be a member of the Minnesota School of Excellence program for seven years, at which time they will have to re-apply.

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