Mt. Iron-Buhl Independent School District 712

World’s Best Workforce Plan

      In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 2013, section 120B.11, a school board, at a public meeting, shall adopt a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned with creating the world's best workforce (WBWF). Minnesota schools strive to provide the best educational opportunities for all children. Providing an education to Minnesota youth that leads to creating the world’s best workforce is a goal that must be addressed early on in every child’s life. Students are more likely to reach this goal if they are ready for school upon entering kindergarten; achieve grade level literacy by grade three; graduate from high school and attain career and college readiness. In order to create the world’s best workforce, it is imperative that academic achievement gaps are closed among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and not living in poverty as well as for English language learners and non-English language learners and for students who receive or do not receive special education. This comprehensive strategic plan is intended to serve as a foundational document to align educational initiatives that serve to ensure reaching intended student outcomes from pre-kindergarten to post high school graduation. Our District is using our Title I Plan, Systems Accountability Report, School Readiness Improvement Plan, 3rd Grade Literacy Plan, Plan for Educator Effectiveness (Teacher Evaluation), Staff Development Plan and our Ramp-Up to Readiness Curriculum to serve as a blueprint to create a quality workforce equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century.

"World’s Best Workforce” means striving to do the following:

  • Have all students meet school readiness goals.
  • Have all third grade students achieve grade-level literacy.
  • Close the academic achievement gap among all racial and ethnic groups of students and between students living in poverty and their more privileged peers.
  • Have all students graduate from high school.
  • Have all students attain college and career preparedness.

Our goal is to support and improve teaching and learning that is aligned to the World’s Best Workforce and includes the following:

  • Clearly defined student achievement goals and benchmarks.
  • Process to evaluate each student’s progress toward meeting the state and local academic standards.
  • A system to review and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and curriculum.
  • Practices that integrate high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, instructional technology, and a collaborative professional culture that support teacher quality, performance and effectiveness.
  • Evidence-based strategies for improving curriculum, instruction and student achievement.
  • An annual budget for continuation of district plan implementation.


Success in reaching the World’s Best Workforce goals will be measured by the following:

  • Reduction of the academic achievement gap by student subgroup
  • Student performance on the MN Comprehensive Assessments
  • College and career readiness

World's Best Workforce Advisory Committee

James Jotter                                   Mt. Iron-Buhl HS Principal
John Klarich                                    Superintendent/Merritt Elem. Principal
Mike Jacobson                                 Indian Education Coordinator
Karla Kintner                                   Parent   
Monica Marks                                  Parent
Amanda Nordlund                            Parent
Rachel Hoopman                              Mt. Iron-Buhl HS English Teacher
Cassie Rogers                                   Merritt Elementary Teacher
Amy Hultman                                    Counselor
Lora Pershern                                    Mt. Iron-Buhl HS Special Ed. Teacher
Jodie Phaneuf                                    ECFE/Community Education  
Amy Fox                                           Technology Integrationist/HS Math Teacher
Susan Johnson                                   School Nurse