• The Setting A New Direction process took place in 2021 to identfity district priorities and led to the proposal the 2021 Operating Levy Referendum 


  • “The community voted and now it’s time to set a new direction for our schools. We are at a financial crossroads and looking to you, our community, for feedback about priorities. With the failure of the 2020 referendum, and without additional revenue, a significant reduction of over $1.2 million of our general fund budget for the current and upcoming school year was necessary which will result in reduced programming and increased class sizes. These cuts are a temporary fix. We need a long-term plan to avoid further significant reductions. Please join us in one of our community meetings. We look forward to engaging with you.” - Lucinda Dahlberg, School Board Chair

  • Welcome to the New London-Spicer Public Schools Setting A New Direction page. This page will be a resource to update the New London-Spicer community about the state of the district, its financial health, and ways that you can get involved. Like many school districts across Minnesota, New London-Spicer continues to face financial challenges. We are in the process of gathering feedback from our community on our situation and work together to figure out the best way to address these challenges. 

    Community Task Force
    We are hosting three meetings in April/May by Zoom video conference with a group of community members from across multiple stakeholder groups to seek their advice to help shape the school board’s response to the district’s financial challenges.

    Get more information on the Community Task Force page 

    Community/Parent Meetings 
    NLS will also be hosting meetings via Zoom video conference and in-person with as many community members as possible to seek their advice to help shape the school board’s response to the district’s financial challenges. Mark your calendars and watch for more information via our social media sites, the local newspaper (Lakes Area Review), our eNewsletters, and on our website's homepage. 

    Get more information on Community/Parent Meetings

    Community Meeting Dates
    June 14, 8:00 p.m. Via Zoom
    June 17, 5:00 p.m. Dethlefs Center
    June 21, 6:30 p.m. NLS Performing Arts Center
    June 23, 8:00 p.m. Via Zoom

    Get Your Questions Answered
    If you have questions regarding our district's financial situation you can submit them through this FAQ form. For more information, please contact Superintendent Bill Adams via email at adamsw@nls.k12.mn.us or by phone at 320.354.1402.


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