In an effort to continue its branding and marketing efforts, Cambridge-Isanti Schools will be renaming its Education Center to Cambridge-Isanti Schools Education Services Center.
During the Cambridge-Isanti School Board meeting July 23, Superintendent Ray Queener explained the need to provide an appropriate name for the Education Center, located at 625A Main St. N., Cambridge, has been identified.
Queener said presently the building has multiple references — such as the Education Center, District Office and Community Education building — which causes a lack of clarity about the services housed in the building and further serves to cause confusion for those trying to locate the building.
Following discussion, the board unanimously approved a motion to rename the Education Center to Cambridge-Isanti Schools Education Services Center.
Queener said renaming the building will help to address the lack of clarity for patrons attempting to locate the building and the services they are trying to access.
Services and departments housed in the building include the superintendent’s office, teaching and learning, technology, communications, community education, food service, finance, human resources, buildings and grounds, district copy services and district mail services.
Queener said addressing the inconsistency of references for the building will help communication efforts, and using multiple references for a building interchangeably is not effective. He said as Cambridge-Isanti Schools progresses toward facilitating new and standard methods for communicating, providing clarity and consistency is important.
In an effort to continue to provide clarity about the district, Queener said it is important to continue to establish a culture that promotes an understanding that all district services function to support the operation of the schools, and the education of the students.
Queener said although a building name in itself will not do this, the renaming recommendation will help to better represent the building truly and help to identify the district as a service organization.
Queener said a committee consisting of administration, staff and community met July 20 to review the recommendation and supported the name change of the building.
In other news, the board:
• Heard an update from Transportation Director Mike Nelson who explained the transportation office put on over 1 million miles this past school year, a record for the transportation office. He also noted the district is always in need of school bus drivers.
• Approved the 2015-2016 Minnesota State High School League resolution for membership.
• Approved Cambridge Christian School and Cambridge-Isanti Schools nutrition programs agreement. Cambridge Christian School will be billed on a monthly basis for meals and delivery provided. It is expected approximately 30-50 meals per day will be delivered to the Christian School.
• Rescheduled the Aug. 20 board meeting to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.
• Approved the continuation of employment with Board Members Lynn Wedlund and Gary Hawkins as on-call substitute teachers in Cambridge-Isanti Schools for the 2015-2016 school year.
• Approved the continuation of employment with Board Member Kyle Johnson as an assistant coach-lunchroom supervisor in Cambridge-Isanti Schools for the 2015-2016 school year.
• Approved the acceptance of Tierney as the Chromebook and iPad case vendor, Apple as the iPad vendor and American Capital as the leasing agent for the purchase of the Chromebooks, iPads and iPad cases for the 2015-16 Blended Learning Plan implementation and to authorize administration to execute necessary documents.