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Verndale aims to develop 'critical thinkers'

Developing critical thinkers through educational excellence will be part of a new mission and vision statement for District 818 in Verndale.

The District 818 school board recently held a retreat to come up with a new statement. The board is also planning to keep the statement which has been guiding the school.

Verndale's administration will be working with the teaching staff to decide which plan will be used as the mission statement and which will be used as the vision statement.

Verndale school officials hope that the process will be finalized by June 30.

The district's top three goals for the next three years will be student achievement, district budget and food service and preschool programs.

The need for a new strategic plan was brought to the attention of the board at their March meeting.