Superintendent Saga 9-11-2022

Parkers Prairie ISD 547

Superintendent Saga

September 11, 2022 

Fourth week – Day 28 in District

Back-to-Learning this week! It is great to have students back in the building! They bring so much energy and are a constant reminder of why we do this work. 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 1 of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to be proactive, and is based on the principles of responsibility, choice, accountable;ity, initiative, and resourcefulness.  The Highly Effective paradigm is to accept that “I am free to choose and am ultimately responsible for my happiness”. The highly effective person has the ability to act, independent of external influences.


I was able to glean some goals from the work session of the Board on Thursday evening. I asked the Board to give some direction in three areas: Financial, Teaching and Learning, and Innovation. In the short time we had a consensus was reached that financial goals included future stability, answers to questions about current state of finances, examination of FY23 budget, and increasing efficiencies in our processes and procedures. In the area of teaching and learning there is concern about making sure that we are staffed appropriately. Our special education coordinator will be asked to review caseloads and IEP minutes. 

Because the condition of our facilities has an effect on teaching and learning, I have asked  our primary vendor of custodial supplies to use their Cleaning Cost Analysis Program (CCAP) to answer questions such as “How many people should it take to clean our facilities? The analysis suite provides a robust set of tools that analyzes facility data, cleaning staff, supplies, and equipment. The system establishes a baseline cleaning program and then optimizes it to deliver better cleaning results within budget. 

In the category of innovation the discussion was centered around technology and teachers. The District has one-to-one devices for students. We will need to continue to maintain an accurate inventory of hardware devices and develop schedules for replacement. As Parkers Prairie begins using more devices weneed to have a centralized process for evaluation, approval, and tracking inventory of software. I also want to reiterate –  5 Reasons why even the most sophisticated computer cannot effectively replace a good teacher: 1. Teaching is relational; not transactional; 2. Empathy & Trust; 3. Inspiration; 4. Transference; and 5. It does not have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. I will expand on this at a later date.

the Learning Counsel

Principals Radtke, Johnson, and I participated in an hour long Zoom call with Leilani Cauthen, CEO, and Chris McMuarry, Chief Academic Officer, of the Learning Counsel to discuss the possibility of using them as consultants for a transformation of the District.This coming week I will be reaching out to two different groups to develop our Strategic Planning process.

Next week

On Wednesday I will be joining area superintendents at LCSC for a full day of networking and learning. I hope you had an opportunity to relax and enjoy the weekend.

Peter E. Haapala, Interim Superintendent

“If we create a culture where every teacher (employee) believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve.” —Dylan Wiliam