A new master teaching contract between the Detroit Lakes School Board and Education Minnesota-Detroit Lakes has been reached for both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

The agreement was approved at Monday night's school board meeting, following its ratification by EMDL on Nov. 2. The two-year agreement calls for an overall package increase of 7.54%, or $1.62 million.

This includes a 1.75% step increase in 2021-22, and another 2% step increase in 2022-23, with a 2.2% longevity increase each year for all teachers not receiving a step increase.

The board also approved a "recommendation for reduction in programs and positions," but as Board Chairwoman Amy Erickson pointed out, this action "is a formality that we do every year. It doesn't mean we're letting anybody go right now. We don't have any reductions going on."

In other business, the board approved a new World's Best Workforce Plan for the 2021-22 school year, as well as the WBWF Achievement & Integration Report for 2020-21, as presented by Renee Kerzman, the district's director of curriculum, instruction and technology.

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The goals of the plan are as follows:

  • To increase the percentage of kindergarten students at or above the kindergarten readiness level from 49% in the fall of 2021 to 52% in the fall of 2022, as measured by the STAR Early Learning Assessment.
  • To improve grade level literacy among 3rd grade students from 51.7% proficiency in 2020-21 to 58% in 2021-22, as measured by the 2022 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests for reading.

  • To increase reading proficiency of American Indian students district-wide from 38.1% in 2021 to 40.1% in 2022, as measured by the 2022 MCAs.
  • Participation in college and career work experiences by graduating seniors at Detroit Lakes Public Schools will increase from 90% in 2020 to 95% in 2022.
  • Graduation rates for Detroit Lakes Public Schools will increase from 86.08% in 2020 to 90% in 2022.