District News


            On August 21, 2014, the superintendents of Barnum, Carlton, Cloquet, Cromwell-Wright, Esko, McGregor, Moose Lake, Willow River and Wrenshall met to create vision and mission statements for a new educational consortium called the Northeast Area Schools Consortium (NASC).   Instead of each school district's staff working independently on curriculum-related topics, NASC enables and encourages our school districts' staff to work together on curriculum-related topics.  NASC is not a precursor to the consolidation of any school districts. It is an agreement among area districts to share the expertise and talents of our teachers.
            The Mission and Vision statements of NASC are:
United transformational change of instructional practice focused on student achievement for NASC members.
NASC will collaborate in the development of:

  • Robust curriculum
  • Enhanced professional development
  • Shared and expanded resources
  • Improved education networking and communication

            At its regular August 16, 2014, meeting, the Barnum School Board approved its participation in NASC.  
            The Barnum School Board is considering a plan to replace our Elementary School’s 1962 boiler and ventilation systems, the replacement of which will cost approximately $900,000.  Half of this cost would be levied through the 2015 payable real estate taxes and result in an increase in taxes, and the other half would be accessed through bond sales, with no tax impact.
            The new ventilation system will provide a significant exchange of fresh air in the cafeteria and the 1962 classrooms.  The new boilers will provide reliable natural gas heat and will be connected to the 2012 boilers in the office wing, adding a redundant heat source throughout the elementary school.  If approved by the School Board, work would begin the spring of 2015 after the boiler is shut down for the season.
            Thank you to the Barnum Area Community Club for its generous donation of thousands of dollars each year to individual students, student organizations, and community improvement projects.  We are fortunate to receive their financial support and commitment to our school and community.  Funds for the donations are raised through the Club's raffle and steak fry conducted during Barnum's Spring Fever Days, which is a four-day event held every June, and is organized and sponsored by the Club.  The Barnum Area Community Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Lazy Bear in Barnum.  If you would like more information about the Barnum Area Community Club, or would like to become a member, contact Mr. Wayne Suronen, the Club's President, at (218) 389-6246.