Update from Ely Public Schools Superintendent Erik Erie

Early voting by absentee ballot for the $10 million bond referendum being proposed by the Ely School District starts June 26, with August 11 as Election Day for the bond referendum. In order for our citizens to have the opportunity to be informed voters the District has complied information about the bond referendum, on our District website: https://www.ely.k12.mn.us/ or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ely.k12.mn.us/
We are also holding public forums that at the present time are scheduled to be in a virtual format, using Facebook Live where the public can ask questions through a chat feature. You can go directly to our Ely Facebook Page (see link above) or our District website (see link above) to connect.
The public forums are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m.
The Ely Public Schools are planning for the next school year now that we have additional guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). The three scenarios we are being asked to plan around are:
All students returning to school buildings following the most current MDH and CDC guidelines
Hybrid model following MDH and CDC guidelines that provides for social distancing and limitations on numbers of students per classroom
Distance Learning model similar to how we finished the school year
As part of this planning process we expect to survey students and parents to gather their input. A letter was sent out to families this week through our JMC student management system to update them on the three scenarios MDE is asking us to plan for. We expect a final decision from the Governor’s Office and MDE the week of July 27, letting us know what form schools will be asked to start the school year in.
As our summer moves along we are providing meals to families in need and will continue to do so through July and August with the help of Ely Community Resources and the United Way. So that there is no disruption in service, meals can continue to be picked up at school on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. throughout July and August.
You can contact me for more information by calling 218-365-1725 (school) or 218-750-4564 (cellular). My email address is eerie@ely.k12.mn.us