On Sept. 27, Superintendent Michael Baumann presented the annual “State of the Schools” update at the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Among other things, Baumann gave an overview of the District’s newly adopted 2018-21 Strategic Plan, reviewed student achievement data, and outlined challenges facing the District, including capacity and resourcing constraints for student success.
Strategic Plan Summary
To inspire a passion for learning in every student.
In partnership with families and community, we strive to ensure success for every student— personally, socially, academically and civically.
Areas of Focus
The Board of Education and Administration is focused on the following strategic goal areas:
Inspire all students to reach their full potential
Inspire all students to reach their full potential and prepare them for the future by providing equitable access to high-quality academic instruction, co-curricular activities and services that are responsive to individual needs. Through the delivery of engaging and rigorous learning experiences within safe and positive environments, students will develop their sense of purpose, passion, motivation and future orientation.
Seek, engage and strengthen community partnerships
Seek, engage and strengthen community partnerships in the schools and across our District to support positive student outcomes. Provide consistent, timely and accurate information so all community members are engaged, and well-informed and feel pride in supporting the goals of our schools and District. Provide feedback opportunities through advisory committees, public comment and communication directly to administration.
Maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility
Maintain a high level of fiscal responsibility with the funds the community and state entrust to the District. Evaluate program assessments on investments, report accurate and timely financial information, audit all aspects of the finance operation and require all staff who manage budgets to meet the highest standards of fiscal accountability. This work will foster measurable investments and ensure sustainability across all operations.
Attract, develop and retain the most qualified employees
Attract, develop and retain the most qualified employees to achieve the District mission and prepare all students for future success in whatever path they choose. Allocate staffing to effectively meet the educational needs of all students within the constraints of available financial resources. Foster a work environment that recognizes and rewards the efforts of all District employees to ensure student success.
Provide a safe, positive and healthy environment
Provide a safe, positive and healthy environment for our students and staff. Through effective planning, training and communication we will strive to enhance the District-wide response protocols to maintain a secure and welcoming environment for all stakeholders. Cybersecurity and data privacy are key and essential elements of protecting our staff and students.
Lakeville Area Community,
On March 20, I presented to the Board of Education a comprehensive long-range plan for consideration and feedback. This plan represents my commitment to position our District for a strong future that reflects our Lakeville Area community. As with any organization, our community benefits when we can take a long-term view on the critical supports that bolster all of the wonderful things that occur every day in our schools.
It is my intent to institute this planning process as a standard for the District. Moving forward, this document will be internally reviewed, updated, and disseminated quarterly as is done in many businesses across America; this planning will be essential to how I intend to administer our local education system as your superintendent. Having a well-articulated plan that is shared broadly and developed with vast stakeholder input is key to authentic success for our District.
To be positioned for a strong future, we need to think, plan and act long range. It is my goal to be more strategic in our decision-making process, and we cannot be strategically effective in a reactive mode as an administration.
The identified objectives included in this plan are:
- Create a welcoming and safe learning environment for all students
- Provide strong support to all staff in order to ensure optimum capability and capacity in our workforce
- Expand learning opportunities for elementary and secondary education including improving high school learning opportunities, improving the middle school learning model and improved literacy, math, STEM, CTE and workforce development programs
I intend to continue to lead this district as optimally as the resources allow. There are considerable program and budget pressures as we look long-range. This plan identifies organization funding and support options to consider and is geared to deal with security improvement needs, secondary education needs and important District facility needs that impact all areas of our District.
Organizational transparency means we have an action plan that is created with stakeholder input and shared widely with our community for critique and refinement. I encourage and welcome all community members to provide feedback on this plan so that together we can support identified, strategic priorities for the years ahead to ensure a strong future for Lakeville Area Schools.
Michael A. Baumann
Lakeville Area Schools
Superintendent Michael Baumann hails from Olivia, Minnesota, graduated from Thomas Jefferson Senior High School in Bloomington, Minnesota, and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Minnesota. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery in September 1985, he served in Army units in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is a veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M University.
Superintendent Baumann’s professional life started with a full Army career that spanned 20 years (1985-2005) where he served in leadership positions and staff positions from platoon level to Joint & Combined Combatant Staff levels in the U.S. Military. His last assignment prior to retirement was commanding an Army Battalion Task Force in the First Cavalry Division fighting in Baghdad, Iraq from March 2004-March 2005. Some of his military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Jungle Expert Badge, Parachutists Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
In 2005, he moved to Lakeville, Minnesota and began working in school district administration, starting in Saint Paul Public Schools. During his tenure in St. Paul, he held several positions of ever-increasing responsibility: Technology Services Manager, Integrated Information Systems Manager, Controller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Business Officer and Deputy Superintendent. In 2013, he left Saint Paul Public Schools and became Executive Director of Business Services for Lakeville Area Schools. In July 2017, he began his tenure as Superintendent of Lakeville Area Schools.
Superintendent Baumann is the author of the book Adjust Fire: Transforming to Win in Iraq. He is married to his wife, Shelly, and they have one son, Alexander, who is a student and Army ROTC Cadet at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
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