Faribault Public Schools Leadership Team
Dear Faribault school community,
I’m filled with more Falcon Pride than ever as I enter my 11th year as your superintendent. The way our schools and community came together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic was inspiring, to say the least. Over the last 18 months we’ve all faced challenges to the way we go about our daily lives, and that was certainly the case in the education world, but our students, families and staff rose to the occasion again and again. Faribault Public Schools adapted and did everything we could to meet the needs of our students, support our families, and keep education going.
Our students and staff didn’t just get through the pandemic, they accomplished great things along the way. Our dance team placed third at state. Our DECA personal finance team placed second. And our robotics team captured the state championship! Our many student groups did their part to make Faribault a great place by participating in community service projects and donating to local charities. Our staff members won awards and found new, innovative ways to teach and connect with students.
The next step is to move ahead together in a post-pandemic world. The most important thing for us to do is provide a learning environment that is as safe and healthy as possible. You can see how we’re doing this by going to faribault.k12.mn.us and reading our Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan.
We’re also making some changes based on the lessons we learned during the pandemic that will allow us to provide even more support for our students. The biggest change is the launch of our Falcons Online Academy, which will provide an online learning option for every Faribault student. We’ve hired staff that will be fully-dedicated to facilitating the online learning experience and providing mentoring and coaching for our online learners. To learn more, go to faribault.k12.mn.us/online.
We’ve also added more teachers at the elementary and middle school levels that will lower our average class sizes and allow for more individualized instruction for our students as they adjust to being back in school five days a week. We’ve also hired a Mental Health Coordinator and additional social workers at each school to help us give students and families the social and emotional support they need.
All these changes were put into place in support of the five strategies outlined within our strategic plan. These strategies are our roadmap as we navigate toward a successful future for Faribault Public Schools.
- Student-Centered Learning: We will address individual student learning in innovative and challenging ways.
- Equity: We will commit to a high-quality education for every student.
- Mental Health and Safety: We will ensure our schools focus on the social and emotional well-being and safety of students and staff.
- School Climate: We will foster unity, respect, and connectedness within our schools.
- Family and Community Engagement: We will engage families and the community to help our students grow as learners and citizens.
Todd Sesker, Superintendent