As the entity legally charged with governing a school district, each school board is responsible to its community to govern efficiently and effectively. This obligation imposes some fundamental duties on the board.
Winona Area Public Schools, Winona, MN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, marital status, and familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, disability, or sex in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES/SECTION 504 COORDINATOR
(This school district has a grievance procedure to resolve complaints of discrimination
under Section 504 or A.D.A. Contact the 502 Coordinator regarding this procedure.)
Below are policies related to Americans with Disabilities/Section 504:
402 - Disability Nondiscrimination Policy
518 - DNR-DNI Order
521 - Student Disability Nondiscrimination
601 - School District Curriculum and Instructional Goals
614 - School District Testing Plan and Procedures
615 - Testing Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEPs, Section 504 Plans,
and LEP Students
HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
OFFICER: Emily Solheid, Director of Human Resources
102 - Equal Educational Opportunity
413 - Harassment and Violence
526 - Hazing Prohibition
528 - Student Parental, Family, and Marital Status Nondiscrimination
TITLE IX COORDINATOR
(Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.")
COORDINATOR: Dr. Annette K. Freiheit, Superintendent of Schools
The Winona Area Public School District does not tolerate acts of harassment, including acts of harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, marital status, and familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, disability or sex. Any student who believes he or she has been subjected to harassment or a hostile environment based on disability, sex or any other protected status shall immediately report the harassment or hostile environment to the District. The District is committed to conducting a prompt investigation. Students found to have engaged in acts of harassment or other acts that create a hostile environment based on disability, sex or any other protected status will be promptly disciplined pursuant to the school’s discipline policy. Such discipline may include, if circumstances warrant, suspension and expulsion. The Winona Area Public School District encourages students, parents and district staff to work together to prevent acts of harassment of any kind.
Election Day voting will be held from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at: National Guard Armory, 1303 Homer Road, Winona, MN, 55987
Absentee voting will take place at: Winona Area Public Schools District Office, 903 Gilmore Ave., Winona, MN, 55987. Absentee voting will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Nov. 3, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
The board, with community input, envisions the educational future of its community and then formulates the goals, defines the outcomes, and sets the course for its district. An effective board:
Provides direction through its planning and goal-setting efforts and by evaluating progress toward goal achievement.
Develops a well-crafted district vision statement, goals, and outcomes that enable the board to monitor district performance and evaluate success.
Ensures that the district vision, goals, and outcomes are articulated in written board policy, reflected in every part of the organization, and mirrored in the budget planning and implementation efforts.
Uses clear, focused, attainable, and measurable goals and outcomes to make sure gains in student achievement are being made.
To achieve its vision, the board establishes a structure and hires a superintendent to accomplish that vision. An effective board:
Creates an organizational structure and environment in which all students are provided the opportunity to attain their maximum potential.
Selects and employs one person — the superintendent — as the district’s chief executive officer to lead and manage the district and holds the superintendent accountable for district performance and compliance with written board policy.
Evaluates the superintendent’s performance and its own performance annually.
Delegates the authority to the superintendent to recommend and evaluate all district staff within the standards established by written board policy and subsequently acts on the superintendent’s recommendation(s) at its meeting(s) as required in statute.
Accepts ultimate responsibility for the care, management, and control of the district.
Understands that the day-to-day operations of the district will be conducted by the staff.
The board advances its vision by focusing on student achievement, partnering with the community, and being proactive in addressing issues that affect education on local, state, and national levels. An effective board:
Uses ongoing, two-way communications to build trust and support among community, board, superintendent, staff, and students.
Focuses on community-wide concerns and values that best support student achievement rather than being overly influenced by special interests.
Utilizes a system of public relations that allows it to formalize the flow of information into and out of the district.