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July 1, 2015
K-M School District supports "Shop Local"
When most people think Shop Local they are probably referring to local business support. Well, the K-M School District is also involved in Shop Local.
Superintendent Mark Matuska, near the completion of his fourth year as K-M superintendent, came up with a new angle last year to encourage staff to shop local. Employees have an end of the year school gathering to honor staff with 5, 10, 15, 20 years of service... and so on with pins. Staff were given the option of receiving a pin or a certificate in the form of Kasson Chamber Bucks or Mantorville Money equivalent to the value of the pin.
The K-M superintendent said a higher percentage opted for the respective Chamber certificates. They can be redeemed at any of the Chamber businesses in Kasson and Mantorville. "We have a quality business community and it's a good way of encouraging staff to support local business," said Matuska.
When Matuska arrived at K-M he asked local business owners, "What can we do to support you?". "Businesses support the schools in many ways and we need to show support for them," said Matuska.
The K-M School District hosts a Business Appreciation Breakfast each year as a way of showing local businesses how important they are to the community. "Strong schools mean a strong community," said Matuska. "We need to continually show our local businesses how important they are to the community."
With DMC (Destination Medical Center) the business climate will continue to change here. Likewise, with passage of the $39.8 million bond referendum for improvements and additions to the elementary and high school, the climate is also changing. Couple that with the fact the district has a new middle school, making it attractive for families considering a move to the Kasson-Mantorville area. Matuska said the business climate is another strength in attracting new families to the community.
Kasson Chamber of Commerce president Jon Christensen said that sometimes it's the little things that matter most. Having a good business relationship with the school is one of the little things that benefits Chamber members and the school district. "When we work together everyone wins," added Christensen.