John Den Boer

Director of K12 Education
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Day 1
January 24, 2024
3:00 pm

Building Community Through a Connected Campus [Small & Rural Districts]

24 January
Time:  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location:  Nicolet B (Level 5)

School districts are at the heart of our rural communities, generational legacies are closely intertwined with the schools. Montabella values a rich tradition of families deeply connected to the district and all its activities. The evolution of education and the changing needs of the community reveal the story of how districts adapt to best serve their students, much like Montabella Community Schools. In the early 2000s, the district underwent a consolidation process that led to the closure of neighborhood elementary buildings, bringing all families to a consolidated campus. Over the course of two decades, the district united as a Mustang family. However, it wasn't until the 2018 facility bond that all students, from kindergarten to twelfth grade, found themselves physically connected in a single building that met today's safety and educational standards. The bond program had a dual focus: physically and metaphorically linking the campus and community. It achieved this by enhancing pedestrian and vehicular traffic safety, improving access to the athletic complex, and constructing an addition that bridges the elementary and secondary campuses, allowing students to move safely throughout the day.

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