Members of the Delano School Board are (front) Vice ChairCorey Black, Chair Lisa Seguin, Director Amy Johnson, (back) Student Representative Bridget Sundheim, Treausurer Alan Briesemeister, Director Sue Roeser, Director Jennie Rosenow, Clerk Rachel Depa, and Student Representative Spencer Poll.
Submitted by Delano Public Schools
Information updated March 2020
Submitted by Delano Public Schools
Why are Delano Public Schools a District of Choice?
The Delano School District, established in the 1800s, covers a 66-square-mile area that extends to the communities of Corcoran, Independence, Loretto, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetrista, Montrose and Watertown, parts of Franklin, Rockford and Woodland townships, and the city of Delano.
Delano’s schools have regularly been recognized for the quality of their academic programs. The teaching staff is committed to professional growth, as evidenced by the fact that about 71 percent hold a master’s or other advanced degree. In addition, a teacher-mentorship program and peer coaching program support new staff members at each school.
The efforts of the faculty are reflected in the performance of the district’s 2,470 students. Delano students who graduated in 2019 posted an average composite score of 23.6 in the ACT, compared to a state average of 21.4 and a nationwide average of 20.7.
In addition, Delano was the only school district in Minnesota named to the AP Honor Roll in 2019 for simultaneously increasing the number of students taking AP courses and improving performance in those courses. Only 250 districts across the United States and Canada achieved that feat. It was the fourth time in the past five years that Delano qualified for the honor.
The district has also scored well above the stage average in the annual Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments tests, and Delano High School was among just 31 high schools in Minnesota to receive the 2019 College Success Award from GreatSchools.org.
Recognition has come from various other quarters as well. The website SchoolDigger.com ranked Delano No. 9 out of 441 Minnesota districts analyzed in 2017 and 2018. In early 2018, the National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Delano among the top 3 percent nationwide on its Best School Districts in America list. In 2019, Niche.com ranked Delano Public Schools No. 18 in Minnesota, and in 2013, Forbes magazine named Delano No. 1 in the nation on its Best Schools For Your Housing Buck list.
Five-Year Strategic Plan
In 2019, Delano Public Schools updated its five-year strategic plan, refining both its vision and its mission statements in four main areas. The district’s vision is: “Systemic growth toward educational excellence for every learner.” The four areas of focus are technology, professional development, curriculum, and facilities.
Mission statements for each of those four main pillars in the strategic plan are as follows. Technology: Provide a flexible, digital learning environment that enhances curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development. Professional development: Provide professional development opportunities supporting the district aims in curriculum and technology. Curriculum: Provide a well-rounded curriculum that is systemically aligned through all tiers of service. Facilities: Provide a comprehensive facility plan for the district campus that maximizes the PreK-Adult environment and supports co-curricular opportunities.
Each of these areas includes specific short-term work plans that set goals and provide specific action steps to meet those goals. The plan exists to ensure that the district continues adding to its tradition of educational excellence.
In the fall of 2015, Delano Public Schools passed a $65 million bond referendum. This allowed the district to address space constraints by redesigning the high school from a 9-12 building into a 7-12 secondary school, building a new intermediate school for grades 4-6, and making improvements to the elementary school. Additional improvements included a new performing arts center, diving well and turf fields at the high school, as well as improvements to the Tiger Activity Center. The Community Education building received accessibility and security upgrades. Major construction was completed in December of 2018.
Just west of campus, the early childhood programs are housed in the Delano Community Education building. Delano Community Education coordinates the use of school facilities by community organizations, individuals and businesses. Call 763-972-3365, ext. 1201, for information on reserving facility space.
Early Childhood Family Education
The goals of Delano Early Childhood programs are to strengthen families and support parents, helping them provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children from birth to kindergarten. ECFE offers parent-child classes, school readiness programs, preschool, and early childhood health and developmental screening.
Recognizing that the home is the first learning environment, these programs teach parents how to educate and interact with their children. ECFE gives children a head start, identifies current or potential learning problems, and helps build strong families. This foundation is vital to a child’s learning during their early years and future school careers.
For more information on ECFE programs call 763-972-6210, or visit www.delanocommunityed.com for a list of current classes and events.
Delano Elementary School
In the fall of 2018, Delano Elementary transitioned from a K-4 to a K-3 building due to the opening of Delano Intermediate School. The school’s mission is to educate individuals to be lifelong learners, possessing the skills, knowledge, creativity, sense of self-worth, and citizenship necessary to function and flourish in a rapidly changing society. The curriculum and special programs at DES reflect a commitment to providing educational experiences that prepare learners for the world beyond school doors.
There is an emphasis on advancing education through technology with the use of SMARTboards, Sound Field Systems, iPads, Kindles, Chromebooks, Nooks, and other devices. In addition, DES offers gifted and talented programs for high-potential students, along with Title I and Special Education programming.
The following list includes awards and recognitions earned by DES:
• In 2018, DES earned honors in math progress, as determined by MCA testing, under the state’s new North Star accountability system. The distinction means that the school performed in the top 5 percent in the state.
• DES was among just four schools in Minnesota to receive a Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for 2017.
• In 2013, DES was designated a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School for educational excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. DES was one of only six Minnesota schools to receive this award, and one of 286 in the nation.
• In 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016, DES was designated a Reward School by the Minnesota Department of Education for performing in the top 15 percent of elementary schools in Minnesota.
• DES received a Minnesota Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award in 2009 for demonstrating academic excellence and significant gains in achievement.
• In 2008, DES received a Minnesota School of Excellence Award from the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association.
Parents play an important role in the success of the school. The staff considers itself fortunate to have dedicated parent volunteers who spend countless hours assisting with student learning, and encourages parents to be active participants in the educational process. For more information on Delano Elementary School, go to www.delano.k12.mn.us and click on “Elementary.”
Delano Intermediate School
Delano Intermediate School opened in the fall of 2018, and serves grades 4-6. Though the intermediate school is establishing its own culture in terms of grading, a unique schedule that includes Zero Hour opportunities and more, it builds on the solid foundation set by Delano Middle School, which served grades 5-8 in past years.
Delano Intermediate School’s mission is to work in partnership with the community and families to create a climate of success for all learners, with a focus on nurturing students’ social and emotional development along with continuous academic growth. Programs are offered in the four core disciplines of science, math, social studies, and language arts. In addition, students are offered exploratory opportunities in physical education, health, art, music, and engineering. Its programs provide a well-rounded educational experience.
The DIS administration and staff believe in educating individuals to be lifelong learners who possess the skills, knowledge, creativity, sense of self-worth, and citizenship necessary to function and flourish in a global society. Students are recognized and rewarded for their academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, and attendance. The school makes a point to acknowledge as many students as possible for their successes and improvements. For more information about Delano Intermediate School, go to www.delano.k12.mn.us and click on “Intermediate.”
Delano High School
Delano High School transitioned to a 7-12 secondary building in the fall of 2018. DHS is a caring community committed to achieving academic excellence, responsible leadership, and consistent integrity. Students are encouraged to follow “The Delano Way: Show Up, Show Up on Time, Work Hard, and Failure is Not an Option.” The DHS administration and staff believe that success is not an accident; it takes hard work and preparation, as well as intense focus, to achieve success.
The following list includes awards and recognitions achieved by DHS:
• In 2019, DHS was the only high school in Minnesota named to the AP Honor Roll for simultaneously expanding participation and performance in advanced placement courses. Only 250 schools in the U.S. and Canada earned the honor. Delano was also named to the AP Honor Roll in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
• DHS was among just 31 high schools in Minnesota to receive the 2019 College Success Award from GreatSchools.org.
• In 2018 and 2019, DHS was named to the list of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report.
• In 2018, DHS earned honors in multiple categories of four-year graduation rate under the state’s new North Star accountability system. The distinction means that the school performed in the top 5 percent in the state.
• DHS was designated a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education in 2007, and again in 2010. DHS was the first Minnesota high school so honored.
• In 2009, DHS was designated a National Blue Ribbon School for educational excellence. DHS was one of only six schools in Minnesota to receive this award, and one of 321 in the nation.
• In 2006, DHS received the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award.
DHS offers an advisory program, which assists students in planning their high school career and post-secondary educational, technical and/or career plans. In addition, College in the Schools, Advanced Placement, Project Lead the Way,and advanced classes are offered, and post-high-school credit opportunities are available through online learning and Wright Technical Center.
For at-risk students, DHS offers School Within a School, a voluntary program designed to help students recover credits lost in prior years and increase their chance of graduation. This program emphasizes academic learning, along with personal and social skill development.
Talent Development Program
The Talent Development Program serves gifted and talented students whose abilities require heightened education experiences and/or services. Gifted and talented students include those with demonstrated achievement and/or potential ability in any of the following areas, singularly or in combination:
• General intellectual ability
• Specific academic aptitude
• Creative or productive thinking
• Visual and performing arts
A multiple-measures approach is used to identify students for the Talent Development program, including: Measures of Academic Progress, a cognitive abilities test, MCA test results and other pertinent anecdotal information. Delano schools provide academic enrichment and acceleration programs that are tailored to meet students’ needs. For more information, contact Heidi O’Donnell, Talent Development Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delano Community Education provides comprehensive lifelong learning opportunities for area residents of all ages. An array of enrichment classes and recreational opportunities are offered year-round. There are opportunities in art, music, drama, science, a robotics team, Driver’s Education classroom instruction, and athletic activities that include American Red Cross swimming lessons, and much more.
Adults can enjoy enrichment classes that span an array of topics. Community Education is also pleased to partner with the city of Delano in providing financial support for the Delano Senior Center.
Working parents love the high-quality, affordable childcare offered by Tiger Kids Club (TKC), which is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the year, including summer and a number of non-school days during the school year. TKC serves children from 3 years of age through grade 6. TKC offers homework help, enrichment classes, field trips, games and more. Children must be toilet-trained to enroll. For information about TKC, please call 763-972-6210.
Delano Partners in Education
Delano Public Schools Partners in Education is a volunteer organization of parents, staff and community members committed to raising funds to enhance education opportunities for present and future students. DPIE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to build an endowment. The foundation is dedicated to developing a supportive relationship between the community and schools that enrich the education of children. The goal is to build a $1 million endowment in 10 years to help self-fund important needs such as technology.
Established in 2001 by a group of community leaders and educators, the foundation believes that every child deserves the best education. For more information about Delano Partners in Education or to donate, go to www.delanopie.org.
Location and administration
The district office is located at 700 Elm Avenue E., Delano, MN 55328. The district phone number is 763-972-3365, ext. 1911; fax 763-972-7634; website: www.delano.k12.mn.us. District administration can be reached by calling 763-972-3365 and dialing the following extensions, or via email:
• Matthew Schoen, Superintendent, ext. 1901, email@example.com
• Paul Downer, Communications Coordinator/Supt. Assistant, ext. 1911, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mary Reeder, Business Manager, ext. 1951, email@example.com
• Laura Stevens, Accountant, ext. 1953, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Jennifer Lorentz, Human Resources Specialist, ext. 1952, email@example.com
• Tina Prior, District Nurse, ext. 1920, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Steve Heil, HS Principal, ext. 1701, email@example.com
• Barry Voight, IS Principal, ext. 1501, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Darren Schuler, ES Principal, ext. 1301, email@example.com
• Ryan Tool, Activities Administrator, ext. 1904, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Shane Hegarty, School Resource Officer, ext. 1905, email@example.com
• Diane Johnson, Community Education Director, (763) 972-6210, ext. 1101, firstname.lastname@example.org
Delano Board of Education
• Lisa Seguin, Chair, email@example.com. Term: 1-2019 through 12-2022
• Corey Black, Vice Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org. Term: 1-2019 through 12-2022
• Al Briesemeister, Treasurer, email@example.com. Term: 1-2017 through 12-2020
• Rachel Depa, Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org. Term: 1-2017 through 12-2020
• Jennie Rosenow, Director, email@example.com. Term 1-2019 through 12-2022
• Amy Johnson, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Term: 1-2017 through 12-2020
• Sue Roeser, Director, email@example.com. Term: 10-2019 through 12-2020
• Spencer Poll and Bridget Sundheim – Student Representatives
2020 school board meetings are set for the fourth Monday of the month beginning at 5:45 p.m. at Delano City Hall, except in May and December. Those meetings will take place in the DHS media center on May 18 and Dec. 14.
In addition, the board will hold three informal listening sessions during 2020 at 7 p.m. in the DHS media center. Dates are Mondays, March 16, May 11 and Oct. 2.