September Monti Message

Superintendent’s Monti Message – September 2021

Back to School

Over 2700 Monticello CSD students in grades K–12 returned to our schools on September 8.  Our students and staff were excited to resume full, in-person instruction in all our schools for the first time since March 2020.

Similar to the start of previous school years, some of our programs needed adjustments to meet changes in enrollments, schedules, and busing.  We also reopened St. John Street School for the 6th grade.  We appreciate everyone’s hard work and patience as we make these adjustments.

Unlike previous school years, however, we opened our doors during a global pandemic.

We all play roles in keeping our schools healthy, safe, and clean so that our students can maximize their learning time in school.  Unfortunately, during the week of September 13, nine (9) MCSD students tested positive for COVID-19.  In many of these cases, the infected student came to school with COVID-19 symptoms.  While our staff quickly identified these students and appropriately sent them home, they had already come in contact with other MCSD students and staff. 

In the cases at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, too many staff were contacts of infected students and were later quarantined.  This in turn caused a staffing shortage at RJK, and we were forced to switch to remote instruction.

Please keep your child home if they are demonstrating any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms or our mitigation and prevention protocols, please contact your school’s principal or nurse.

Thank you for your help in providing for your child’s health. 

Meet the Superintendent for Another Cup of Coffee

I will be available to meet parents, students, and staff for “Another Cup of Coffee,” at the following schools:

  • Kenneth L. Rutherford ES: September 21 @9:00 AM
  • Robert J. Kaiser MS: September 29 @7:00 AM
  • Monticello HS: October 5 @7:00 AM
  • Emma C. Chase ES: October 18 @9:00 AM
  • John Street School October 29 @7:00 AM
superintendent evans is outside of a school and speaking with a woman
“Another Cup of Coffee” is an opportunity for staff members and parents/caregivers of students to stop by with suggestions, ideas and questions during morning drop-off time.

COVID-19 Testing Update

We are currently searching for additional staff—i.e., a nurse and clerk—to carry out the weekly COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated staff (required) and interested students (optional).  While we are able to procure testing and analysis at no cost to the district, we need additional staff to manage the testing procedures.

All full-time staff members and contractors will be tested weekly.  They may opt-out of this testing by submitting proof of vaccination. 

Students will only be tested when their parents grant written permission.

More information on COVID-19 testing of will be shared very soon.

Capital Project

Our capital project continues, with the opening of the new transportation center expected in the coming weeks.  This will house our transportation and plant operations departments.  The “old” bus garage will be demolished to make space for bus parking.

a truck is pouring blacktop outside the new transportation center
Workers pour blacktop at the new transportation center on Sept. 13. The center is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

The new wing in the high school has presented challenges for our architects and contractors due to inconsistencies in the original construction.  Some walls lacked sufficient structural support for new renovations; others had inconsistent measurements that require more nuanced construction for the new exterior walls.  We are currently expecting a winter reopening of this renovated wing.

Help Wanted

Like many public and private employers, we are desperately seeking additional staff to fill a variety of vacancies in certified instructional staff, paraprofessionals, plant operations, and other departments.  We also need substitutes in all departments and schools. 

More information on our vacancies and applications is available on our employment webpage

Please help us spread the word by sharing our employment webpage and the video below with any family or friends who are seeking a new career. 


Our educators, staff members and of course, our students, make us proud every day. Have a look at some scenes from these first few weeks of the 2021-22 school year:

a young girl is holding up a sign that says class of 2034
A member of the class of 2034 poses in front of the welcome wagon at the Cooke school. Cooke and Chase both held a Kindergarten Kick-Off to welcome the newest Panthers to the MCSD family.
a group of students are crowded on the floor working on tie dying t-shirts
Students at the St. John Street Sixth-Grade Academy bonded over tie-dying their “RJK Pride” shirts on the first day of school.
a male student is standing in front of an industrial saw, looking down and working on a project
The sawdust is back in the air, as students in Mr. Waddell’s manufacturing class at Monticello High School are back in business.
a room full of teachers are seated and watching a man present
RJK teachers received training on the district’s new BenQ interactive boards. These boards, which will replace some of our older smart boards in the district, help foster collaboration and develop 21st-century skills in students.
Mr. Palmer is standing outside with a student
Mr. Palmer poses with a student as he guides her to the school entrance on the first day of school.
two students are seated on the floor working on a puzzle
Two Chase students work together to complete a puzzle.