Steering Committee

“To successfully address complex issues, we must build on the positive momentum that’s started. Creating meaningful cross-sector partnerships, with an open mind, is the only path forward to ensuring that families, no matter their income, can move to this beautiful city to find better opportunities and upward social mobility.”

~Caroline (Neilsen) Gregerson, City of La Crosse Community Development Administrator

Rebuilding for Learning Steering Committee

As we discussed at our last RfL meeting, to reach intended outcomes, it is vital that our direction as a steering committee be defined by a thoughtfully engineered charge statement for both the Steering Committee and the Annual RfL Summit Planning Committee. Our written statements will simultaneously provide context and clearly communicate to committee members the parameters within which each group will function.

A communitywide effort from the heart

The City of La Crosse, La Crosse County and School District of La Crosse have led a community-wide collaboration to develop an innovative initiative to help ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed at school with a strong start toward a positive future.

Mission (Purpose/Objective)…

The mission of Rebuilding for Learning is to create a systemic approach where the City of La Crosse, La Crosse County, School District of La Crosse, and other youth and human service agencies can come together to identify barriers and work systematically to mitigate these barriers to best meet the needs of children and families.

Vision

We believe that by working together we can create a comprehensive learning supports system for prevention, early intervention, and systems of care. We believe that by working collaboratively with more resources concentrated on prevention, the need for intensive systems of care will be reduced over time.

Level of Authority

Report to Mayor of La Crosse, La Crosse County Administrator, and the Superintendent of the School District of La Crosse.

Communication Linkages

  • Regularly scheduled City/County/School District collaboration meetings.
  • Rebuilding for Learning website lacrossepartnersinlearning.org.
  • Various community organizations and committees.

Products/Results/Deliverables?

Create connected systems for prevention, early intervention, and systems of care.

Systemic collaboration is essential to establish inter-program connections to ensure seamless intervention within each system and among systems for promoting healthy development and preventing problems, systems of early intervention, and systems of care. Such collaboration involves horizontal and vertical restructuring of programs and services:
(a) within jurisdictions, school districts, and community agencies (e.g., among departments, divisions, units, schools, clusters of schools); (b) between jurisdictions, school and community.[1]

Timelines…

Steering Committee convene 1st Friday of each month (7:30 am – 9:00 am).

Resources…

Represented organizations dig deep in the sofa cushions to collect as much loose change as possible.

Current Membership:

Jennifer Rombalski [email protected]
Catherine Kolkmeier [email protected]
Karl Green [email protected]
Dawn Reinhart [email protected]
Bridget Todd-Robbins [email protected]
Jason Witt [email protected]
Regina Siegel [email protected]
Troy Harcey [email protected]


“We’re poised to continue to make significant strides in our journey, and it’s exciting to think that we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible.  Together we can – and will – ensure every child in La Crosse has the opportunity to succeed!”

~ Jason Witt, La Crosse County Human Services Director

[1] Howard S. Adelman and Linda Taylor, Rebuilding for Learning, pg. 40

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