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DL Schools improves Web site

Visitors to the Detroit Lakes Public Schools web site may have noticed a few changes lately -- and there are more underway, as DL Superintendent Mark Adams announced at Monday's school board meeting.

"This is going to be a one-year work in progress," Adams said at the meeting.

The goal of the redesign is to increase the site's "user friendliness" for staff, students and parents, he continued. "We're very excited about the things happening on there."

Adams later elaborated on the planned changes to the site, noting that he hoped it would eventually become "more of a resource" to help parents become more involved with their children's education.

In addition to basic information like school lunch menus, the district's Systems Accountability Report, activity schedules and weather updates, Adams said the site will also include information on what's going on with the current legislative session at the State Legislature -- such as legislation that will impact the district's funding for various programs, which legislators are sitting on the committees that are reviewing that legislation, and how to contact them.

In addition, Adams said, the site will provide links to helpful sites such as Parents United and P.S. Minnesota; contact information for the people running the district's various facilities and programs; and eventually, course syllabi, grading procedures, classroom expectations, and a means of contacting the staff and people responsible for overseeing the district's various programs, services and facilities.

"We want to provide the communication tools to help parents have greater access to all of us," he said. "This is a very exciting opportunity for us to provide greater access of information on our programs, services and contacts."

One change that some may have noticed is that when they type in the web address,, they are redirected to the address, The .net address will eventually become the permanent home for the district's web page, but for the time being, the .com address has been set up as a mirror site which will automatically redirect users to the correct web page.

Also at Monday's board meeting, Adams reported that the district's enrollment numbers, which showed marked improvement at the start of the school year, continue to "hold solid."

"The numbers are positive... I remain cautiously optimistic," he said.

October K-12 enrollment stands at 2,676, slightly higher than opening day figures of 2,664 that were reported at last month's meeting.

In other business, the board approved the second reading and adoption of a new foreign exchange student policy.

The new policy will no longer cause incoming foreign students to automatically be enrolled in a particular grade level, as in the past. Foreign exchange students successfully completing a full year program at DLHS will be granted a certificate of participation from District 22, as opposed to a diploma.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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