During Mr. Schmidt's Tenure at Lester Prairie Schools the district has attained many goals and accomplishments including the following:

-Recognized by US News and World Report in the top 30% of all schools in the state
-Reward School Status 
-Passed Operating Levy Renewal
-Passed Operating Levy Increase
-100% Four Year Graduation Rate 
-Increased Preschool Transportation and Class Offerings
-Graduation Rate Above State Average Every Year Including Minority and Economically Disadvantaged Students
-Increased Community Involvement and Fundraising
-Winner of Horace Mann, MASSP Star of Innovation Award
-Creation of Programming for At Risk Students
-Increased Communication Through Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and Updated School Website
-Developed and Implemented a Plan to Increase Technology Availability (300% increase), Opportunity (3D Printers, SMART Boards, Chromebooks, iPads, etc.), and Use (training for staff)
-Implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies) Throughout the Entire District
-Implementation of Olweus Bullying Prevention Program District Wide
-Negotiated and Contracted With Custodial Company (Dashir) To Increase Custodial Staffing 
-Trained and Led Staff in Teacher Evaluation Through MDE Teacher Evaluation Pilot Program
-Aligned Curriculum to State Standards and Created Curriculum Maps for All K-12 Courses
-Increased Media Center Use by Employing a Librarian, Increasing New Book Purchases 10 fold, and Increasing Programming
-Upgraded Playground Area to Meet Safety Guidelines and Increase Activity For Families and Students
-Created a Position for Technology Integration Specialist to Improve and Facilitate Technology Driven Instruction
-Graduating seniors in the Class of 2017 earned an average of $1,000 in college scholarships

Schmidt has also led the district to an increase in student achievement across the board.  This includes consecutive annual increases in on-time high school graduation rates.  The district's technology programming has improved in availability, scope and sequence, and training.  

Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from St. Cloud State University; a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; an Educational Administration Certificate for K-12 Principal from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; an Educational Administration Certificate for Superintendent from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and has completed all coursework, and is working on his dissertation in the EDD program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Mission Statement
"To develop every learner to the learner's maximum potential, to succeed and continue to learn in a changing world."
131 Hickory Street North
Lester Prairie, MN 55354
PH: (320) 395-2521
FAX: (320) 395-4204
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