A Team Staff News

June 6, 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Greetings A Team Staff,

Thanks for a great end of the school year. One of my moments of humor toward the end of the year is walking through the high school commons and stopping to say hi to a group of boys eating lunch. We all commented on how great the weather was outside. One of them had the wonderful idea of a 2-hour early release due to awesome weather!?! Now that would be an amazing weather related announcement - if you are a kid!



Superintendent Advisory Council

We have had a good response and interest and are still seeking one parent rep from Garfield, one from Carlos, and one from the Early Education Center. Please reach out to Maggie Timm at mtimm@alexschools.org. Once names have been finalized an invitation and agenda will be sent.

Juneteenth is now a state holiday

Recent legislation established Juneteenth as a state holiday. Juneteenth recognizes the historical pronouncement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865, when the Emancipation Proclamation was said to have been first publicly read in Texas by Union soldiers.

An end of session amendment applied the change immediately, impacting current school year operations. Minnesota school districts received notice of this change on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and the Minnesota Department of Education advised that schools cannot hold classes or programs, school board meetings, athletic practices and competitions, and other school-associated events.

In keeping with the new law, Alexandria Public Schools will be closed Monday, June 19, 2023 to observe the Juneteenth holiday.

  • Staff currently contracted to work (12 month employees) on June 19, 2023 should not report to work and will receive holiday pay.

    • Employees that were planning to utilize personal, sick, or vacation leave that day will be credited those hours to their balances.

  • School or district-sponsored summer, after-school and evening activities, including Compass school-age child care, will also be canceled. Families enrolled in summer programs previously scheduled will be notified of any potential refunds, credits or rescheduling plans.

  • The School Board meeting scheduled for Monday, June 19, 7pm has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 21, 7pm in the District Office Oak Conference room.

  • The district calendar committee will convene and recommend potential calendar revisions for future school years. Any changes would require School Board approval.

In the Know Column: Partnerships to a bright future

The Echo Press ‘In the Know’ is a rotating column written by community leaders from the Douglas County area. Click here to read the district column that will run in the June 7 issue of the paper. The column reflects on the connections to the Class of 2023 graduation celebration that took place with four main groups: community, family, staff, and students.

Pool Closure

The DMS Swimming Pool will remain CLOSED for essential maintenance tasks through Sunday, August 13.

Due to leaking water, we discovered significant cracks in the pool basin approximately 6 weeks ago. Upon further investigations, receiving quotes, and timelines with American Leak Detection and Horizon, our pool will be CLOSED until Sunday, August 13. During this time, we are fixing the cracks in the pool basin, resurfacing and painting.

We apologize for any inconvenience to our many users. Thank you for your understanding.

Upcoming Events

  • June 19: Juneteenth Holiday
  • June 21: School Board Meeting, District Office Oak Conference Room, 7pm
  • June 30: EdRock, summer concert fundraiser sponsored by the Alexandria Education Foundation to benefit Alexandria Public Schools. Buy tickets here.

Alexandria Public Schools

Our Mission is to achieve educational excellence and to inspire a life-long passion for learning.

Our Vision is to be an extraordinary school district that tailors learning for each child, by working together!