Recently it was discovered that pieces of the Junior High Auditorium ceiling let loose and fell onto the seats. The chunks that fell are heavy plaster and would cause injury if any pieces happened to fall on a person. The district consulted with an architect and building engineer about the structural integrity of the ceiling. With the safety of students, staff, and community in mind, the district had to make the decision to close the auditorium until the ceiling structure has been addressed. An architect has visited the auditorium. He will work with a team to develop plans on how to address the failing ceiling structure. The district apologizes for the inconvenience this means for those presenting and attending performances in the Junior High Auditorium.
Due to the recent unavailability of the Junior High Auditorium, the following Music Department events have been moved to the senior high gymnasium:
Fifth & Sixth Grade Program - Monday, May 1 at 1:30 p.m.
(please note date change from Friday, April 28)
Junior High Band and Choir Concert - Monday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Senior High Band and Choir Concert - Monday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Piano for Sale by Sealed Bids
Benson Schools has a 1961 Everett upright piano, brown, with bench, for sale by sealed bids. Buyer is responsible for moving it, dolly in photo is not included in purchase. The district will accept sealed bids through Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m. Bids will be opened at 10:30 a.m. Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope, include your name, address, phone number and bid. Bids can be dropped off in the district office or mailed to: Benson Public Schools, 1400 Montana Ave., Benson, MN 56215. There is no minimum bid amount, however District No. 777 reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive informalities in bids received. The district will accept cash payment only and the piano must be picked up by Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Highest bid gets the piano and will be contacted via phone. All bids received will be posted on the district Facebook page.
On April 25, 2016 Benson Schools hosted a public meeting to have the community identify the vision and priorities for the overall Arts and Activities program. Different committees made up of students, parents, coaches, and advisors worked on the priorities to identify goals and action plans needed to meet the priorities. A group of students took the vision statements from the public meeting and developed an overall vision statement. The Benson School Board adopted the vision statement and goals during the July meeting. Thank you to all the community members, students, coaches, and advisors for providing direction for BHS Arts & Activities.
Arts & Activities Priorities, Goals & Action Plans
Strategic Plan Set In Motion By Benson School Board
The school district is currently embarking on a series of initiatives that were given top priority through the development of a five year strategic plan that was approved by the School Board in April of 2012. The School Board created a vision for the school district and set priorities and goals in the following area; technology, student achievement, facilities, high quality staff and bullying.
By 2017, Benson Schools will have developed and be known for delivering…
- High academic expectations, standards, & achievement
- Instruction that is current with the changing world and cutting-edge technology
- A well-rounded education
- Students that are prepared to be responsible & productive citizens
- Elite staff
- Continued fiscal responsibility
Benson District Goals
Goal 1: Provide improved technology at every grade level
b) High Student Standards and Achievement
Goal 1: Align curriculum with state standards
Goal 2: Enhance Gifted and talented programming
c) High quality facilities
Goal 1: Complete a comprehensive facilities assessment and evaluation
d) Hire, mentor and develop high quality staff
Goal 1: Develop a comprehensive teacher evaluation plan
Goal 2: Hire the best candidate for the position, not the cheapest
Goal 3: Yearly self-improvement goals for staff
e) Respect among all students and staff
Goal 1: Develop a comprehensive bullying prevention program