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Teacher Michael McHugh spoke in favor of starting the year with distance learning. Photo by Rhonda Silence
After an hour of emotional public comment and nearly three hours of discussion and debate, the School District 166 school board ended its August 6 special meeting with a tentative decision to proceed with a hybrid return to school, combining in-person and distance learning. The board asked for more...
School District 166 - Eagle entrance

School District 166 is also conducting a survey to help it finalize plans for returning to school under Minnesota’s Safe Learning plan and CDC guidelines.

The School District wants to hear the voices of students and families.
As a school...

Superintendent Bill Crandall and ISD 166 board member Carrie Jansen at the July 28 board meeting. Photo by Rhonda Silence
Governor Tim Walz and other Minnesota state officials unveiled a plan this afternoon to reopen schools this fall during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The plan gives districts some flexibility to combine in-person and online learning, but reserves the right for the state to step in if the...

School board meeting in Outdoor Classroom 07-28-20 Photo by Rhonda Silence
School District 166 has a lot on its plate with planning for the 2020-2021 school year.  The school board held a special meeting  Tuesday, July 28, the first in-person meeting in months because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was held in the timber...

Summer Theater Camp was held outdoors this year - Photo courtesy of the Grand Marais Playhouse
The Grand Marais Playhouse is moving its operations back into the front office of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts--for now, at least. 
The lease agreement between the Grand Marais Playhouse and School District 166 for use of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts...

ISD 166 photo by CJHeithoff
The School District 166 school board has a lot on its plate right now--the school is in the midst of negotiations with the Grand Marais Playhouse on its lease for the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, and a "Respect for All" Initiative has just been launched. You can learn more about...

School District 166 - Eagle entrance
The School District 166 teachers union, known as the Cook County Education Association (CCEA), issued a statement on June 12, clearly stating that it supports systemic change to eliminate racism.  
The statement reads: 

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I.S.D. 166 School Information

Cook County Schools
101 West Fifth Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: (218)387-2271

Superintendent: Dr. William Crandall
Phone: (218)387-2271, ext. 612

The members of the Cook County School Board are:

District 1 - Debra White

District 2 - Carrie Jansen

District 3 - Rena Rogers

District 4 - Sissy Lunde

District 5 – Dan Shirley

Great Expectations Charter School
Mail: PO Box 310 • Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: 218.387.9322

Director: Peter James
Birch Grove Community School
P.O. Box 2383
Tofte, MN 55615
Phone: 218-663-0170

Director: Diane Blanchette
218-663-0170 ext. 20
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