School District of Clear Lake
Introduction and Purpose

The Clear Lake School District Information and Technology Plan provide guidelines for the systematic acquisition and effective use of information and state of the art technologies and staff development.  The plan is designed to enhance the teaching and learning process on an interactive and equitable basis for all students in the Clear Lake School District.  Our plan focuses on the effective integration of technology and is an integral component of our school system.  The plan is consistent with the guidelines set forth in the Wisconsin Educational Information and Technology Plan PK-12.

The Clear Lake School District recognizes the valuable linkages between school, home, and the community that exist for students and parents in Clear Lake.

The Village of Clear Lake has a public library that serves the residents of the Village of Clear Lake as well as the surrounding townships.  The Clear Lake Public Library is a member of the MORE (My Online Resource) Consortium of libraries located in western Wisconsin.  The 50 members share resources totaling more than a million items.  A library card holder in good standing can use that card in all of the libraries.  The Library participates in WISCAT, the statewide inter-library loan system, and items not available thru MORE can be requested for a patron by a staff member. The Library has 7 computers connected to the internet for public use.  The computers are connected to a variety of devices so patrons can make color copies, black and white copies and scan documents.  The Library charges 10 cents per black and white copy; 25 cents per color copy.  The Library also has laptops and tablets for use in the library.  These devices are primarily used by patrons who are undecided about what device they want to purchase. Patrons use the various devices to determine what best suits their needs.  The Library has a tech person available for several hours each month for patrons to meet with to answer all of their technological questions. Classes are also offered on relevant topics such as Facebook; Excel; Powerpoint; Word Processing; downloading audiobooks; searching the MORE catalog; and appropriate use of apps with young children.

According to the 2015 Annual Report: the Library has 15,114 books in prints; 140,986 E-books; 1,599 audio materials; 35,496 downloadable electronic audio materials; 2,424 video materials; 1,076 downloadable electronic video materials; 52 databases; 144 kits/books with audios; and 51 subscriptions to magazines and newspapers.  Visit their website at:  www.clearlakelibrary.org


The school library and public library collaborate on projects throughout the year and share resources.  Each year the Clear Lake Junior/ Senior High School students participate in a service learning project with the public library.  
 
The village also has a progressive telephone company. Clear Lake Telephone Company offers the standard phone services, but also offers cell phone service and is an Internet service provider.
 
Clear Lake is unique in the fact that it is the birthplace of two famous Wisconsinites.  Burleigh Grimes was a professional baseball player who was the last pitcher officially permitted to throw the spitball. His pitching helped his teams win four World Series titles. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.  Gaylord A. Nelson, known as the founder of Earth Day, was born in and attended school in the Clear Lake School District.  He was governor of Wisconsin and represented our state in the U.S. Senate for 18 years.  Our schools are very cognizant of this fact and incorporate their history with our school programs. The LMC keeps books and other reference materials that pertain to our “favorite sons.”

School District and Community Demographics
 

The School District of Clear Lake encompasses an approximate area of 104 square miles located primarily in Polk County, with smaller portions in Barron, Dunn and St. Croix Counties.  The District is comprised of one village and seven townships.  The District is located 70 miles northwest of Eau Claire and 50 miles northeast of St. Paul-Minneapolis.  The 2012 District population is estimated at 3,349.  The District employs 52 certified and 46 non-certified staff.  The school district, with a total student population of 654, is comprised of one PreK-6 building, the Gaylord Nelson Educational Center; and one 7-12 building.

More information about the Village of Clear Lake is available at their website:  http://clearlakewi.com/WP/

Feel free to peruse our website:  www.clearlake.k12.wi.us

You can view our school performance page here:  http://reportcards.dpi.wi.gov/rc_clearlake

Most recently, Clear Lake High School received a silver medal and ranked 53rd among the top high schools from Wisconsin in the U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best High Schools rankings.  Out of the 466 Wisconsin High Schools ranked, two schools earned a gold medal, 57 schools earned silver medals and 83 earned bronze medals.  Of the 21,035 High Schools ranked in the nation, Clear Lake High School was ranked in the top 8.37 % of all High Schools nationally.   

The rankings are based on a college readiness index, math and reading proficiency on state exams and student-to-teacher ratios.  To learn more about the rankings and Clear Lake High School go to
 http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/wisconsin/districts/clear-lake-school-district/clear-lake-high-21537.

The Clear Lake School District has made great strides over the years to offer the highest quality education to their students.  The Northern Lights Network enables our district to offer students many different courses.  The distance learning network also provides three continuing education institutions, UW-River Falls, WITC Rice Lake, and WITC New Richmond.  On May 21, 2013 the school passed a $6.4 million dollar referendum to remodel the Elementary school with additional improvements to the Jr/Sr High School. Some of this money was used to enhance the technology in the district by updating to VOIP phone system, adding projectors with new wiring in each elementary classroom, connecting the two building with dark fiber, and updating and installing more wireless nodes. It should also be noted that the LMC in the elementary was remodeled, natural lighting was added, and is upgraded to a 21st century library.


 


 

www.clearlake.k12.wi.us -- Last updated on: April 7, 2016