Fort Hays State University's Leslie Z. Paige, grants facilitator, recently traveled to Carlton County, Minn., for a two-day strategic planning meeting. Paige met with community leaders including school personnel, county government, mental health, law enforcement, social service providers, truancy specialists, public health personnel and early childhood programs.
She is the grants facilitator for the university's Graduate School and Docking Institute of Public Affairs.
Paige helped Carlton County reorganize its scholastic program. The county is in the last year of a three-year, multi-million-dollar grant. Strategic planning meetings helped them develop plans to continue each group developed through the grant. Paige also helped them set three-to-five year goals.
"They were really a great group," said Paige. "It was really exciting to work with them."
"The strategic planning was sponsored by the Cloquet Independent School District Safe Schools and Healthy Students Collaborative Partnership," she said.
The Cloquet Independent School District Safe Schools and Healthy Students Collaborative Partnership's purpose is to provide schools and communities the benefit of enhanced school and community-based services in an effort to strengthen healthy child development and reduce violent behavior and substance abuse.