New superintendent is enjoying his time in the Cambridge-Isanti School District

Dr. Ray Queener, Superintendent
Cambridge-Isanti Schools

As I began the transition to the Superintendent position at Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools this past July, I knew it was a very special place for students and staff. The entire school district and community have welcomed me in many ways and it has truly been an inspirational few months.

Dr. Ray Queener
Dr. Ray Queener

Fall is probably my most favorite time with the start of a new school year, kicking off fall sports and activities, and a return to temperatures more in my favor. Each summer I look forward to August with so many activities resuming and the start of the school year underway. Education is one of the few professions that allows for such a monumental event.

The 2013-14 school year began July 31 with the Year-Round Program welcoming students to School for All Seasons and the Minnesota Center. Students were excited to be in their new classrooms and ready to learn as I toured the buildings.

The Traditional schools began Sept. 3 with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. I was able to visit almost every classroom and see the rest of  over 5,000 students who are enrolled in our district. It was a great experience and offered me a chance to see outstanding staff and students begin their first day. I look forward to continued visits and opportunities to see our programs and services in action over the next several months.

As students, parents and staff resume the routine of the school year, it is important to remember there are more car, school bus and foot traffic around our schools and extra caution is necessary to ensure safe travels for all.

In addition focusing on safety around our schools, the District is requesting funds for safety, security, repairs and maintenance for our district buildings and grounds.

On July 18, the School Board approved the recommendation to hold an election for a bond referendum on Nov. 5, 2013 to fund several of the most critical components of the districts long-range facility needs.

Over the next several weeks, I will share more detailed information on each component contained in the request.  Please seek out information and become informed on the bond referendum. Details will continually be updated on the district’s website at, as well as several opportunities for community meetings.

In addition, if you have questions, feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] or 763-689-6188.

It is an exciting time of year for all of us connected with schools and most importantly, the students we serve each and every day. I also look forward to becoming more connected with the outstanding communities that make up the Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools.

Dr. Ray Queener is the Superintendent of Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools and can be reached at: [email protected] or 763-689-6188 or follow him on Twitter at @Queener1.