School Board

At its regular meeting on August 21, 2018, the Barnum School Board approved $135,000 for the purchase, delivery, and installation of new playground equipment for the Barnum Elementary School. After this approval was made, a playground committee was formed comprised of Barnum parents, a Barnum School Board member, Barnum Elementary staff, and our elementary principal.  This committee has met several times to select a vendor, the playground equipment and the layout. At a later meeting, the school board will consider the playground committee’s recommendation. Once a plan has been approved by the school board, there will be a link on the District website (www.isd91.org) for a sneak peek at the new playground.  Installation is scheduled for June 2019.


Barnum’s school board election ballots from the November 6, 2018, General Election were canvassed by the school board at a Special Meeting held on November 13, 2018.  Incumbent election winners were Paul Coughlin and Jessica Unkelhaeuser. Beth Schatz was the newly elected candidate to our School Board. Welcome, Beth, and congratulations to all three.


Please join us in thanking Tony Newman for his eight years of service on the Barnum School Board.  Tony chose not to run for re-election, and his presence on the Board will be missed.


Winter Weather

The winter season is upon us!  When the weather does not cooperate and school must be closed, you will be notified by Campus Messenger, which will use the contact information provided to the elementary or high school offices by parents.  Secondary notification methods for school closings will be local television and radio stations and the District’s social media. The Barnum School District is approximately two hundred square miles in size, so the weather and road conditions within the District can vary quite a bit.  Our primary concern is your child(ren)’s safety, and you are the best judge of whether it is safe to send your children to school based on the weather in your area.  Notification of school closings due to weather conditions will take place prior to 6:00 a.m. on the days of closing.


Bus Drivers

If you or someone you know is interested in being a morning or afternoon bus driver, or a substitute driver, please contact Bruce Kempf, Barnum’s Transportation Director, for more information. If you are interested but don’t currently have a license to drive bus, Bruce can assist you in getting licensed. Bruce may be reached at (218) 389-3002 or by email at bkempf@isd91.org.