District News from Superintendent David Bottem


Parking Lots

At its regular November 21, 2017, meeting, the Barnum School Board approved the sale of bonds for the purpose of financing parking lot construction and improvements.  The parking lot under construction is located at the corner of East North Street and Goodell Street, across the street from the Elementary School.  The new parking lot has been excavated, filled with class five, and compacted.  LED lighting was added for safety and energy efficiency.  Blacktopping and lining will be done in the spring/summer of 2018, and the parking lots at both schools and the bus alley, west of the Elementary school, will be repaired and repainted at the same time.

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. We will use the contact information that parents have provided to the elementary or high school offices.  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 within the District can vary quite a bit.  The District’s primary concern is your child(ren)’s safety, but 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 will take place prior to 6:00 a.m.


Kate Rasmussen, the High School Office Manager/Secretary since 1991, retired December 31, 2017. Thank you, Kate, for your many years of service to the Barnum School District!

Bus Drivers

If you or someone you know is interested in being a morning or afternoon bus driver, please contact Bruce Kempf, Barnum’s Transportation Director, for more information. Bruce may be reached at (218) 389-3002 or by email at bkempf@isd91.org.

The Barnum School District also needs substitute bus drivers, and Bruce is the person to contact for these positions as well.

Social Media

Are you following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, or the District website – www.isd91.org? We want you to share the exciting changes and events happening here each day throughout the year, as well as keep you informed of important announcements in real time.