Fall Enrollment from Maggie Kiley

Dear Nerstrand Families,
This time of the year is when schools are thinking about fall enrollment.  All public schools across the state have had a COVID-19 impact on enrollment and Nerstrand is no different.  Although we saw a drop in enrollment because of COVID-19,  because of our sound financial management we are able to weather this decrease without having to make big changes to our staff or structure.  I am always grateful for the expertise of our business manager, Keith Johnson.  Keith has been in this role for many years and has received financial awards from both the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and our authorizer, Novation Educational Opportunities (NEO).  Because of his financial management we have a sound fund balance that will allow us to keep our high quality programming.  
Traditionally our Kindergarten classroom has more than enough potential students, and that is the case for next fall.  However, we do have openings in other grade levels within the school.  I am asking that families help spread the word that we have openings, as many times families in the area assume that we do not have openings.  Your help with getting the word out would be greatly appreciated.  
We know that the pandemic will still have some impact on our school year next year.  We don't know exactly how things will look.  However, we are dedicated to keeping school in person and adapting our traditions to fit with any guidelines that may be required.  
I am grateful to all of our families that have gone through this journey with us.  Your support has been essential during this time.  
Maggie Kiley, M.A.Ed.
Nerstrand School 
Independent School District #4055
The Little School in the Big Woods