District Overview

Dear Community,

Lakeville Area Public Schools: A Vision of World Class

Lakeville Area Public Schools utilizes a model of continuous improvement to guide our work, specifically the Malcom Baldrige Performance Excellence Criteria for Education. This philosophical, research-based approach to organizational leadership and management requires the organization to be defined by their mission, guided by their vision and focused on their strategic goals and desired results. It requires a systems-thinking orientation and a belief that the organization can improve through increased accountability systems and a focus on excellence.

To this aim, the district has clearly defined these components of success and will consistently utilize them to guide their decisions and monitor their progress toward precise targets or indicators of success.

Our Mission and Beliefs

Lakeville Area Public Schools is a partnership of students, families, staff, and community committed to excellence.


  • Student-centered
  • Focus on the Future
  • Organizational and Personal Learning
  • Valuing All Stakeholders
  • Management by Fact
  • Societal Responsibility
  • Focus on Results and Creating Value
  • Systems Perspective

The Board of Education is focused on the following strategic goal areas:

  • Strategic Goal #1: Academic Achievement including 21st Century Skills & Knowledge
  • Strategic Goal #2: Fiscal Responsibility
  • Strategic Goal #3: Community Connectedness
  • Strategic Goal #4: High Quality Workforce

These goals and the action plans that support them, guide our continuous improvement. Our school leaders and board members will monitor the progress toward the identified targets through our “District’s Dashboard of Quality Indicators.” This dashboard includes academic measures such as the MCA, the ACT and local assessment data as well as perception measures such as the student, staff or parent annual survey.

The district monitors their financial stability through key indicators such as open-enrollment, enrollment, level of fund balance and the district’s bond rating. Other measurable indicators on the dashboard are graduation rates, positive media coverage, and staff development data.

By monitoring this key data, district leaders can celebrate successes and identify areas in need of improvement and work to address them. Lakeville Schools are known for high levels of academic success, but there is always room for improvement in an organization striving to be “world class.”

The most important aspect that district and board level leaders are concerned about is that there is continuous improvement in all areas. In many cases, we have set the targets quite high fully knowing it may take a few years to ride to the level of excellence we expect.

Lakeville Area Public School leaders will continue down the path of continuous improvement, so every student can achieve their full potential and so that we can realize our vision of being “world class, personalized learning ensuring success for every student.”


Dr. Lisa L. Snyder
Lakeville Area Public Schools

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