Welcome to Lanesboro Public Schools!
We are looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year and hope you and your children are excited to begin. We currently have Kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment of approximately 350 students. Nearly 35 percent of these students have chosen to come to Lanesboro under the state open enrollment program. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming community of learners and educators that strive for excellence in all that we do. LPS emphasizes a strong core education and boasts of a student/teacher ratio of less than 13 to 1. On state testing Lanesboro students have consistently scored in the top 10% of students in the State of Minnesota's yearly standardized tests. In the recent past our eighth grade students scored the highest in the entire state on BOTH the math and reading tests.
The school offers an every day Spanish program beginning in 5th grade and continuing through high school. We have recently included our 7th and 8th grade students in our 1:1 technology plan which now provides students in grades 7 through 12 with their own device. In addition, the school houses a year round daycare facility for children six weeks old through school age. This program is available to all the patrons of the district. When this program was started in 1988, it was the first of its kind in a school district in Minnesota. Three year old, four year old, Early Childhood Family Education, and after-school care programs are also offered to district patrons. Your children can literally start their Lanesboro Public School journey as an infant in our daycare and walk across the stage as an LPS graduate steps from the daycare room 18 years later. This allows your children to avoid those difficult transition years which oftentimes hinder the educational process for students in other districts.
Since the birth of our district over 100 years ago, we have never had a referendum vote by our public fail. The most recent vote was on November 6th, 2018 for a $8,350,000 addition/remodel that will add to our educational offerings here in Lanesboro. The project consists of three primary components (Safety/Security, 21st Century Learning Environment, and Arts/Physical Activity/Athletics) and has a scheduled completion date of August 2020. Prior to this fall, the last vote was for a new seven room addition to our present facility. Completed in January, 2003, it holds classrooms for grades 3 through 6 as well as a computer lab and library/media center for elementary students. Kindergarten through Grade 3 are housed in an adjacent portion of the building that was completed in 1990. Our community is our strongest supporter with partnerships that only a small town can deliver. From the support of our strong Burro athletic teams and other co-curricular activities to bonds with our local businesses and the City of Lanesboro, we consider this the perfect place to raise your family.
We would love to have the opportunity to speak further with you about what Lanesboro Public Schools has to offer. Please feel free to call me personally to talk or to arrange a visit. I hope you take the opportunity to explore not only the benefits of our strong education, but all of the other things Lanesboro Public Schools and the City of Lanesboro have to offer.
Matt Schultz, Superintendent
Lanesboro Public Schools
100 Kirkwood St E
Lanesboro, MN 55949
In November of 2016 the Lanesboro Community developed our Strategic Plan to help us set our five year goals. Work continues on these goals as we strive to remain a leader in Public Education in Minnesota.